Old Smile – Glued

A new Old Smile release is indeed a cause for celebration. Hailing from New Jersey, Old Smile (AKA Tom Herman Jr), forges dreamy, homemade psychedelic rock. On Glued, Herman paints with an expanded palette of sounds, textures and styles, all while retaining his expert sense of song craft. Hints of jazz creep in throughout theContinue reading “Old Smile – Glued”

Itta – Enter

In these dark, crazy times, we are indeed privileged to be able to have albums like Enter by Itta to relax to. Itta, who is one half of the new age electro band TENGGER, has created a real thing of beauty here. Each song is centered around her multi-layered angelic vocals, which reverberate and soarContinue reading “Itta – Enter”

Magnetic Ghost – Pixels

We may be nearing spring, but Minneapolis’ Magnetic Ghost is back and relishing the remaining winter chill, with the stoically atmospheric Pixels. Magnetic Ghost, AKA Andrew Larson, has expanded his unique brand of loner folk here to a fuller, near-cinematic scope that features deeper shades of dark psychedelia and post-rock. It is through the surreal aspectsContinue reading “Magnetic Ghost – Pixels”

Reverends – The Disappearing Dreams of Yesterday

On The Disappearing Dreams of Yesterday, Atlanta’s Reverends blends sunny psychedelia with shoegaze’s droning iciness, which is perfectly represented by the cold and surreal album cover. Lead by Rev. Dandy Lee Strickland, the band cranks out melancholic dirges here that feel both isolated and yet also dreamy, like the after effects of a burned outContinue reading “Reverends – The Disappearing Dreams of Yesterday”

Stony Sugarskull – Butterfly/You Rock [Psychedelic/Dream Pop/Shoegaze]

Arriving like a shadowy omen, Stony Sugarskull have returned with a new single, Butterflies/You Rock. If you’ve been a reader of RCU for a while now, then you probably already know how Stony Sugarskull is a total favorite of the blog. Luckily, their smoky, mysterious goth-psychedelia that made them such a favorite is still heavilyContinue reading “Stony Sugarskull – Butterfly/You Rock [Psychedelic/Dream Pop/Shoegaze]”

Now Playing: Tashaki Miyaki

I’ve been totally blown away by Tashaki Miyaki’s latest album, The Dream. Fittingly titled, the album is an atmospheric, gorgeous dream-pop masterpiece that is as refreshing and lush as the spring weather that it was debuted in. Punky, howling guitar work blend seamlessly into beds of strings, keyboards and TM’s hauntingly beautiful, multilayered harmonies. This is theContinue reading “Now Playing: Tashaki Miyaki”