Talk of a shoegaze "revival" tends to rub some folks the wrong way. "Shoegaze never really went away" is what purists will say, while others cite the long-awaited release of My Bloody Valentine's M B V in 2013 as the moment that the shoegaze ball got rolling at a steady pace again. It's a topic of debate, but whatever the case may be, one undeniable fact is that shoegaze is a thing and a lot of people are doing it really well all over the world. To showcase that very fact, on February 11th North Wales-based indie label Ear to Ear Records in collaboration with Indonesia's Gerpfast Kolektif will release Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival, a global compilation album including tracks from a whopping 30 shoegaze bands from 16 different countries.
The mammoth comp features some of the best bands the shoegaze world has to offer - including Japan's very own Spool, Ether Feels, and Magao - and will be available for FREE DOWNLOAD via Ear to Ear's Bandcamp page. To whet your appetite until the actual release day, 15 tracks are currently available for a listen at said page. Two hours of brilliant tunes in the form of one release await you in February and if you are a fan of the genre, new or old, you should probably start getting excited.
Here is a full list of the bands that will be taking part:
Also there's this neat teaser video put together by DKFM's Greg Wilson: