Not much remains of the "golden age" of Japanese shoegaze, which started on April 1, 1998 and lasted until some point in the early to mid 2000s. Few of the bands from that era are still around, and only a handful of those have released anything. But while most of their contemporaries have either disbanded or abandoned the genre, Cruyff in the Bedroom has remained an active and important member of the Japanese shoegaze scene. Still going strong after almost two decades, the proclaimed "Japanese King of Shoegazer" is getting ready to release its 6th studio album, HATE ME, on May 10th.
So the big news last week was the release of Slowdive's self-titled record - their first album in 22 years. The Japanese version of the album comes with the much sought-after bonus track "30th june", and while I've yet to make my way through the album and put together a review of the track itself, I figured I would at least post the lyrics. If you're interested in purchasing the Japanese release, you can do so here.
When they released their 2015 debut “My Electric Fantasy”, Tokyo-based rock outfit Looprider displayed some impressive versatility in creating a cohesive record that incorporated sludgy hooks and pop-infused shoegaze. Released about nine months later, their second record “Ascension” took things in a quite different direction, drawing on hardcore and harsh noise, while steering clear of any pop influence from the first. Through two albums the band had covered so much ground that predicting where they might go from there was both intriguing and impossible.