Category Archives: Shoegaze

Postcards

📷 Sue Kar

Postcards is a dream pop/indie rock band formed by four friends in Beirut, Lebanon, in late 2012. Their music is defined by hushed, introspective vocals floating over expansive sonic spaces that shift between harsh noise and dreamy soundscapes.

Postcards are Julia Sabra, Marwan Tohme, Pascal Semerdjian and Rany Bechra.

Postcards will be releasing their latest album ‘I’ll be here in the morning’ (Ruptured/T3 Records/Cargo Records), tomorrow. It is their fourth release and their first full-length album produced by Fadi Tabbal of Tunefork Studios.

Postcards are a revelation, such a smooth ethereal sound. I am enthused about the state of dream pop music, and the future of it is here.

First up their latest single, from the aforementioned album, is this beautiful chunk of sound. I am wide awake to the pleasure of listening to it. This is just too striking, too beautiful for words. Such simplicity in the chords, yet a thing of beauty. I don’t know if that is a balalaika in there, or just some slick manipulation of a guitar, either way it is beautiful and haunting.
Wide Awake

Filmed and edited by: Nessim Stevenson
Underwater videographer: Karim Iliya

 

This was their first single release from the album “I’ll be here in the morning”, another glorious song full of jangling guitars and the beautiful voice of Julia Sabra. I wonder how I missed this when it was first released.
Bright Lights

Video filmed and edited by Camille Cabbabe.
Special thanks to Tania Ingea, Fadi Tabbal, and Nessim Stevenson.

📷 Camille Cabbabé

While poking around their various videos I cam across this gem from a few years back. Julia’s voice, with its haunting beauty, makes me feel comfortable and warm despite the snow they are wandering around in. It’s a kinda cute video with the masks and all. I really like this track.
Where The Wild Ones

Directed By Farid Salame
Produced By Francois Monayer
Cinematographer: Julien Kai
Wildlife Cinematographer: Nessim Stevenson
Assistant Director: Ghiwa El Haiby

📷 Sue Kar

Wow! they have such amazing songwriting skills and they craft their songs so beautifully. This is another beauty from a couple of years back, performed live at Station. The song can be found on their “what lies so still” EP released in 2015.
Summertime

Filmed by: Myriam, Tanit, Paul and David
Sound mixed by: Fadi Tabbal

📷 Camille Cabbabé

Finally today we have Postcards performing at Sofar Beirut on January 26, 2017. As always the Sofar crew produce a wonderful video. And as I am finding out Postcards don’t produce bad songs, they are all beautifully written and beautifully performed. You’re gonna love this one.
Black & White

Filmed by: Nicolas Cardahi, Elias Daaboul
Edited by: Nicolas Cardahi, Beirut Jam Sessions
Location: Baffa House
Videographer: Elias Daaboul and Nicolas Cardahi
Editor: Nicolas Cardahi

OK, so I lied, there is more. If like me you cannot wait to hear more from Postcards, well I’ve got you covered with this play list to keep you going.

Don’t forget the album

I’ll be here in the morning

 

Illyin Pipes

Today we have a great new group, to me at least,  from the great frozen north, Toronto, Canada.
They are down tempo synth-pop duo, Illyin Pipes, and they’ve just released their second single, “Daylight Confidant’’ from their debut EP Spaces.

“Daylight Confidant” dropped three days ago on December 1st and don’t forget to look out for the debut Illyin Pipes EP Spaces, February 2018.

“The song was written after a blurry night spent consoling a friend who was falling apart, while masking my own breakdown.” Jill Harris (vocalist of Illyin Pipes).

This single has a beautiful ethereal sound to it, glistening synths and the warmly awesome sound of Jill Harris. You just sink back into it and enjoy your surroundings.

Daylight Confidant

I don’t know how I missed this, but this was the first single from Illyin Pipes about four months ago and it is absolutely spellbinding.
Along with the scenery there is so much to enjoy with this video, once again there are the awesome glistening synths and the beautiful voice. Their sound is so warm and beautiful I just want to sink back and luxuriate in it.
Waking Up

Directed/Filmed/Produced by Illyin Pipes
© Illyin Pipes 2017

Ummagma

A few years back I featured Ummagma on the old blog. At that time I said this about them.

Ummagma is a Canadian-Ukrainian duo comprised of Alexx Kretov and Shauna McLarnon, blending the ethereal with sublime resonance, beats and rhythm to create richly layered soundscapes. In mid-July, Ummagma released two CD albums (“Ummagma” and “Antigravity”) and won the 2013 Alternative Eurovision, representing Ukraine from 21 countries. Although this music encompasses several music genres — indie rock, post-rock, dream pop, ambient/ethereal, space rock and progressive rock — there is a common remarkable theme, elevating atmosphere and stirring effect in Ummagma’s music.

Like so many independent artists they keep on moving on.

On the trail of their collaboration with dreampop pioneer A.R.Kane earlier this year, Ummagma has been turning a lot of heads in the last few years, winning praise from the likes of Joe Foster (Creation Records) and The Veldt, collaborating with members of OMD and Swervedriver, and winning the Alternative Eurovision on Amazing Radio. They also feature in Wire Magazine’s new Wire Tapper CD.

Recently they released an awesome re-mix of one of their gems. As with all their releases this is a soaring piece of music that will take you higher, complex yet simple it just moves you along with it.
Add to that a beautiful video and I just had to post this, their latest release.

Enjoy, I know I am.

Lama ~ Robin Guthrie Mix

And just for kicks, here’s the original version, love ’em both myself.  What say you?

Lama

 

? Oleksandra Kostiv