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18 April 2018

WTSH airs TONIGHT on DKFM! Stream it live @ 10pm ET/9pm CT.


WTSH airs TONIGHT
Stream it live
10 pm ET/ 9pm CT / 7pm PT

Tonight is STACKED: world premieres from Lazy Legs and Chatham Rise, as well as new tunes by Night Flowers, Pillow, Blush Response, Talking Violet, Cloakroom, Crystales, Foliage, fiancé, Beautyness, Charcoal Skies + MORE!

TONIGHT: WTSH on DKFM Shoegaze Radio premieres Chatham Rise | Le Mirage.


Tonight’s episode of When the Sun Hits on DKFM Shoegaze Radio will feature the exclusive premiere of “Le Mirage” by WTSH favorite Minneapolis psych trio Chatham Rise. The song is a collaboration with Belgium-born, Melbourne-based vocalist/keyboardist Moogy, who provides lyrics, melody, and vocal. It’s the third single and ninth track from Chatham Rise’s upcoming full length Meadowsweet, out May 25th from Picture in My Ear. The show starts at 10pm ET/9pm CT/7pm PT.

“Le Mirage” reaches upward like a psych rock hymn, with church organ tones and wide-open washes of sound raising a vast chapel of reverb shot through with gently fuzzed stained-glass light. Moogy’s sensuous vocal tones and delightful pop melodies provide a grounding counterbalance (perhaps it’s no coincidence that the lyrics work a theme of living in two worlds) while adding to the song’s tug on the heart. A two-minute break forgoes soloing, offering gorgeous chords and textures that are more than enough. The sound is big, and so is the emotional impact. The song ends a few seconds after five minutes, which, while on the longish side, still feels too soon.

After tonight’s premiere, “Le Mirage” will be available for streaming, along with the two previous singles from Meadowsweet, “Hummingbird” and “Never”, on the Bandcamp page where the album is available for pre-order. Below, the recently released video for “Hummingbird”. 



Chatham Rise appears with The Brian Jonestown Massacre at First Avenue in Minneapolis on Saturday, May 12th, and again at the Majestic Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin on Sunday, May 13th.

EXCLUSIVE STREAMING PREMIERE: Lazy Legs | Tremor EP.

WTSH is absolutely thrilled to present an exclusive streaming premiere of Lazy Legs’ forthcoming EP, Tremor, which officially drops this Friday, April 20.

Stylistically, Tremor marks an exciting shift in this Portland duo’s signature sound. On their debut album, VISIONDEATH, and EP, Chain of Pink, the songs skew more toward brutal noise, mind-bending jams, and intense volume (with delicious results). While that facemelting shoegaze vibe is still firmly in place (notably on “Bed Head” and “Sweat”), “Highwire”, “Gloss” and “Ruby” show the band venturing into new sonic territory – these songs are a little moodier than their previous fare, branching out into the realms of grunge-influenced psychedelia and atmospheric slowcore. Bands like Codeine, Low, My Bloody Valentine, Ringo Deathstarr, Smashing Pumpkins, No Joy and Starflyer 59 served as major influences during the making of Tremor.

This new direction serves the band well; the songs feel focused and incisive, and listening to the EP from start to finish feels almost like an exorcism. According to the band, “All of the tracks abstractly deal with different forms of anxiety.” Opening track, “Ruby”, lulls you into a detached state of derealization, followed by “Bed Head”, which deals with the depression associated with that headspace. The third track, “High Wire”, reflects on the physical discomfort caused by stress. “Gloss” is a sullen expanse of overcast sky before “Sweat” whips the listener into an uneasy frenzy. Ambient album closer “Acid Braids” takes the edge off, providing relief in the form of a mind-bending comedown.

Tremor is a brilliant trip that we highly recommend. The EP will be a digital-only release, free to download and available across all major streaming/downloading platforms including iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, etc. this Friday. The WTSH radio show will also be premiering a tune from Tremor TONIGHT on DKFM. Catch the show at 10pm ET/9pm CT/7pm PT at decayfm.com.



16 April 2018

NEW ALBUM REVIEW: Foliage | III + NEW VIDEO.


Foliage is based out of San Bernardino, California and spearheaded by Manuel Joseph Walker. Walker is something of a dream pop prodigy – his debut album, Truths, came out in 2015 when he was only 16 years old.  The LP was extremely well-received, as was his sophomore LP, Silence, which came out last year. Both albums feature cleverly wrought songs that feel well beyond his years.

On III, set for release on April 20, Walker continues to distill Foliage's signature jangle pop sound with skill and clarity. In every way, the project sounds tighter and more fully realized than ever. Production is on point, and the attention to detail is wonderful. Every element, no matter how small, feels deliberately placed and the song structures are streamlined to perfection. III also brims with outstanding hooks -- the hallmark of first-rate jangle pop – and Walker’s vocals sound confident and clear in the mix.


The album opens with “It’s Time”, a laidback jangle groove that eases you into the LP and feels wonderfully reminiscent of The Wake in their prime. The energy picks up on “How Have You Been” with its taut post-punk undertones, and the chorus features the first of many killer pop hooks on the record. “Take Your Time, I Don't Mind”, with its bright, effervescent melody, is immediately compelling and one of the star songs on the record. Walker hits a few Morrissey-esque high notes on this one and it’s damn catchy. 

It’s difficult to talk about pop gems like these without referencing some of the great songcrafters of yesteryear. To my ears, the golden threads of The Smiths’ influence are subtly woven throughout the album. The heyday of Sarah Records echoes palpably, and early Wild Nothing and The Wake come to mind time and again. Foliage takes up the torch of artfully executed jangle pop, embracing the timeless elements while also contributing fresh tones and nuances with great success.



On “Decision”, it feels like things might take a darker turn, but the chorus changes pace and catapults you into the clouds with yet another fantastic hook. The gentle tones of “Value” are soothing and reflective, while the sparkling guitar work on “League” is beguiling and nothing short of impressive. “I’ll Miss You” is a synth-tinged jewel and the album closer, “Let’s Go Home” is another mellow, catchy groove showcasing Walker’s fantastic vocals. His vox on previous albums felt more in line with a fuzzier, bedroom pop style, but he has really stepped it up on III with skillfully delivered vocals that hold their own amid the clever instrumentation.

A video was just released for the delightfully nostalgic album tune, “The Other Day”, which you can watch below. Earnest and simple with its throwback 80s vibe, the video is simply impossible not to love --  much like the whole of III. Pre-order your copy now or pick it up this Friday on Foliage's Bandcamp page -- highly recommended release of 2018!