A Shoegaze band from Glasgow, Scotland who employ blissed-out dense fuzz drones, reverberated hypnagogic vocals and hazy echoes as their sonic trademark. The Cherry Wave formed in 2012 and have since released a self-titled demo, which received a cassette release on Good Grief Records. The now sold out cassette also featured hand made packaging by artist Anna Kraay. Their EP entitled 'Blush' followed and was released by Lamppost Records and Wolf Among Wolves Records, the CD version of which has also sold out.
At the end of 2014 the band signed to the American Shoegaze label Saint Marie Records, home of SPC ECO, Lightfoils, Panda Riot, Seasurfer, Spotlight Kid, Sway and many more. Saint Marie Records released their debut album 'Avalancher' in early 2015. They also repackaged and re-released the band's popular 'Blush' EP. You can now find their music for sale everywhere from Amoeba Music in Los Angeles to File Under Records in Nagoya, Japan. Following the release of 'Avalancher' they went on to play their first show outside of Scotland. In the Autumn of 2015 they joined Johnny Marr, Spiritualized, Echo And The Bunnymen, The Fall, Young Fathers, Public Service Broadcasting and more at the inaugural Rockaway Beach Festival in England.
Since 2012 they've shared the stages of Glasgow with many bands, including Ringo Deathstarr, No Joy, Pinkshinyultrablast, The Telescopes, Dead Rabbits, St Deluxe, The KVB, Holy Esque, The Yawns, Nothing, Paws, Milk Teeth, Le' Thug, Dengue Fever and countless more.
Glasgow quartet The Cherry Wave have rounded off the edges of their wall-of-noise-pop on sophomore album Shimaru, released on Monday 23 January 2017.
Recorded with Lewis Glass at Glassworks Studio Recording in Glasgow, Shimaru is a more considered and less out-and-out noisy follow-up to their 2015 debut Avalancher. Self-released and self-funded, Shimaru is ten tracks of noisy shoegaze pop and a great introduction to the band if you’re not yet familiar with them.
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.
Davenport Rex is a music project based in Detroit, Michigan. Their sound is diverse and challenging, yet accessible and appealing. The band’s music stands out as a combination of tasteful progressive rock, with shades of various influences, ranging from alternative to symphonic hard rock, just to mention a few.