Russian band Herlights return with a new single in the shape of Stockholm Syndrome. The guitars and synths are at the fore with their lustrous shine whilst the few vocals that are evident on the first listen are barley audible, consigned to the background. It’s an effective mix/style and one that Herlights have perfected so well. Facebook Continue reading Herlights – Stockholm Syndrome
Russian band Herlights are back with their first release of 2019 with the Sometimes EP. If you have been following the band I guess you will know what to expect but if not their music blends post-punk, dreampop, shoegaze and to a lesser extent post-rock. The songs feature the now trademark brooding vocals whilst the translucent guitars shimmer brightly as ever. There isn’t much to differentiate each tune but seeing as Herlights rarely deviate away from their self-designed template that doesn’t come as a surprise. Sometimes though, I think it would be nice to break that mould. Until then this … Continue reading Herlights – Sometimes
Rounding up some new tracks that have been released over the past few weeks or two… The Golden Rail – Don’t Let Go Of The Light The first single taken from a yet unnamed second album due for release next year. Distinct and mature sounding indiepop from the band that features ex members of Palisades, The Rainyard, Header, Summer Suns etc. Facebook Rei Clone – Wave Somewhat noisy and very impressive shoegaze from Texan’s Rei Clone. Facebook Fanclub – Reflection More from Texas but this time a slice of twee inspired indiepop. Facebook Fawns of Love – Mournful Eyes The … Continue reading One Track Wonders…..
More music from Russia for you today. Changes is the new single from Herlights. It features three dream-pop tracks complete with the band’s trademark sullen vocals which give a strong atmospheric feel to the songs none more so than on Wasted Youth. I was a bit disappointed by some of the new songs on the previous effort Happiness is now but Changes is an excellent return to form. Get it from here. Continue reading Herlights – Changes
Not sure what has put the spring in Herlights steps but there is plenty of vibrancy on the three tracks that comprise Le Passé. Like the previous release, the vocals are hushed, some barely making it past a whisper but the driving synths and guitars lead these excellent dream pop tracks home. Le Passé could well be your soundtrack on your journey along the road to the stars. Yours for a mere dollar from Bandcamp. Facebook Continue reading Herlights – Le Passé
Three Russian bands for your enjoyment today including two who I have mentioned before. First up is Moscow’s Commis Voyageur whose new digital single Youth is about being young. Yeah I vaguely remember that. Anyway both tracks here, Moonlight and Submissive, are catchy synth led efforts with the former taking the glory as it is the most vigorous of the two. Available as a free download from Bandcamp. Facebook For The Empty is the new single from Herlights and like above this title does not appear on either of the two tracks that comprise it. Laidback dream pop at its … Continue reading From Russia With Love
The September Podcast rounds up tracks featured in the past month. Features Univers, Strange Passage, Rainbow Reservoir, Kitty Kat Fan Club, Youthmemory, Herlights, Just Blankets, Verbludes, Commis Voyageur, Skux and Holi. Continue reading September Podcast
Well I am back from my holidays and away from all the punk I have been listening too on bandcamp during that period as well and there is more to come on that another time. Not sure what struck me initially about the One Day EP by Russian band Herlights. It may have been the name or the cover but I am glad I gave it a listen as it is a fine little EP mixing post-punk (those vocals alone) with shoegaze/dreampop and some fine drone/krautrock inspired programming too. Standout track for me is Morning Song which takes all those … Continue reading Herlights – One Day