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SXSW Presents: Candace

Dreamy in every sense, the shoegazey-psych trio Candace (formerly Is/Is) haven't missed a beat since 2010. Made of Sarah Rose and Sarah Nienaber sharing guitar, bass and vocal roles and Mara Appel DesLauriers supplying drums and vocals as well, they've never ceased to have the utmost understanding of each other, the music they make and the world around them. This understanding aids them in bringing that whirring static sound from inside our brains in a way we actually want to absorb over and over again.

While always remaining pleasantly noisy, some Candace songs teeter closer to reverberated pop while others remain close to the washed out, droney atmospheric haze they've perfected throughout the years. On top of the mysteriously brooding feel their original tracks have to them, for the last couple of years they've released little collections of cover tracks in celebration of Valentine's Day, putting their own little spin on some deep cuts and leaving listeners with no shortage of work to dive into.

No matter when you choose to dive into Candace's discography, its reliable yet sundry songs will pull you in as a fan. Expect the next full length from Candace, titled New Ruins, to be out just in time for SXSW in early March. 





SXSW Presents: Floating Room

 In what is best described as "gray pop," the music Floating Room makes creates a sense of mellow desire; a longing manifested through their use of droned hums and haunting vocality. Floating Room is the musical partnership between Maya Stoner (ex-Sabonis) and Kyle Bates (Drowse, also featuring Stoner), though their partnership expands to much more than what started as bedroom pop recordings. In a romantic sense the couple's chemistry, aside from their collective experimental and artistic capacity, helps make Floating Room what it is. Tenderness isn't feared on either of their ends, and their propensity for support behind the instruments and in front of them is evident 

Sunless, the band's 2016 full-length debut on Good Cheer Records, married deep socio-emotional themes with paralyzing sounds. Stoner and Bates trade off guitar and synth duties as they channel part of makes Sunless (and the way they play together in general) beguiling - its vulnerability. Stoner sings about the transition from a bad relationship to a much better one, touching on abuse of power and misogyny along the way. For most, the subject matter is relatable, giving a welcoming sense to each of the tracks.

The openness presented on the album translates into Floating Room's live performances as well. They'll be touring with Alien Boy (which is led by Sonia Weber, Floating Room's sometimes drummer) and are playing four SXSW dates, so see them as much as you can.





Tongue Patrol - Unusually interesting new single "God B With You"

Interesting avante-garde indie rock from Tongue Patrol. Their latest release is a single called “God B With You.” It’s jangly and makes you feel like you can’t see in focus. The chorus section takes a complete left turn with a hectic loud/quiet dynamic. If you’re tired of what you usually listen to then Tongue Patrol will give you a shot of what you need. They are having a double release party with Mother Tongues on Friday February 16th. Nikki Fierce is also the bill. – Kris Gies





Noise rock group Kármán Voh release pulsing new EP “If Only Apart”

Boston experimental group Kármán Voh have released If Only Apart, the fuzzy, pulsing follow up to October’s Ill Loam. If Only Apart displays the cavernous nuances of post-rock and shoegaze, wherein each song envelops its listener in a haze of warm distortion, steady rhythms, and abstract, yet melodic vocal concepts. It’s difficult not to draw comparisons to My Bloody Valentine, or even contemporaries like Deerhunter, but at their core, Kármán Voh draw from a darker, more deeply personal space than their influences. Dive into If Only Apart below. -Charley Ruddell





Secret Crush brings fuzz-soaked indie rock to Elsewhere 02.12

While Secret Crush’s music clearly comes with heavy debts to shoegaze, the band’s incorporation of indie rock immediacy gives them an added dimension. With guitars covered in fuzz and dripping reverb, there’s still plenty of the trademark shoegaze wash of sound, but the vocals tend to sit more upfront and there’s a tendency toward riffing that’s rarely seen in the genre. For fans of moody, effects-laden music, Secret Crush offers an excellent gateway to the more experimental corners of the shoegaze world. Get a taste of that sound when the band headlines Elsewhere on February 12th.

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