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Is Shoegaze back?

19 Jan

Recently I heard the latest single from School of Seven Bells “I L U”, taken from the album “Disconnect from Desire”, and immediately thought of My Bloody Valentine, the shoegaze patrons. For those of you who don’t know what shoegaze is, it’s a genre that started in the late 80s which featured often indistinguishable vocals, lots of effect pedals and synthsisers, and distortion, heavily focused on creating a certain ambience. For me personally it is one of my favourite genres, and of recent years its influences seem to have crept into some modern artists’ work. My Bloody Valentine’s album “Loveless” is a firm favourite album of mine, as it is full of innovative and genre-twisting songs which never seem to get old. The comeback started to become apparent when M83 came onto the scene, in particular the album “Saturdays = Youth”. Their heavy use of ethereal vocals and distinct 1980s-sounding synthesizers and effects made for an impressive shoegaze homage. Friendly Fires also heavily used electronics and distortion on their 2008 album, the single “Paris” especially. And now, School of Seven Bells’ newest album seems to have been influenced by the genre with more of a shoegaze vibe than their last album “Alpinisms”. Although I did enjoy their previous album, it failed to capture me like their newest offering, however the alternate version of the single “Half Asleep” was my favourite song for a while when it was released in late 2009. I’m not sure whether it’s the shoegaze influence, or whether simply the songs are cleaner and sleeker on “Disconnect from Desire”, but it has catapulted the band into my current favourites. With the recent electronic, 80s revival who knows, 2011 could be the year that shoegaze makes a comeback in full force. Here’s hoping so. To celebrate the genre, here is a classic My Bloody Valentine song, and the video for School of Seven Bells’ I L U for comparison.

http://www.zshare.net/audio/85445373384ccdb5/ – My Bloody Valentine – Only Shallow

I also thought I’d include an M83 song as I mentioned them before:
http://www.zshare.net/audio/85445574e8a4bf8f/ – M83 – We Own the Sky