Here at Amazing Towers we are currently in the eye of what can only be described as a shoegaze storm! Indoor Voices are the latest to more than catch our ears as our eyes drift further south. So we’re beginning to wonder, are we moving towards a new zenith for shoegaze?
If we subscribe to the notion that peoples taste in music is cyclical and so follows certain patterns, like an 80s Tom Cruise film (he’s bad at something, meets a girl, becomes good at something), then it could be argued that it is shoegazes turn at the top of the musical sphere.
The last time was in the late 80s early 90s when bands such as My Bloody Valentine (who, adding weight to our argument, are enjoying a renaissance at the minute) were at the forefront of the shoegaze scene. Later, they were described as one of the influences behind bands such as The Smiths, The Cure etc etc….
Could Indoor Voices track So Smart be the catalyst to this new zenith? Potentially.
The track itself has been knocking around in the musical mind (and in various forms on his shelves) of Canadian Jonathan Relph since 2008. He had been experimenting with layering his own voice but was falling short of being completely happy with it. That is until collaborator Craig Hopgood got hold of it and added his own take.
It is this combination of ideas and layering that creates this great wall of sound that shoegaze was renowned for. So Smart has this along with true depth and a fine polish care of producer Jason Finkel. Each sound has been so full and well thought out that the end product is a song that creates an almost tangible soundscape.
When talking about why it took so long for My Bloody Valentine to release new music, Kevin Shields explained it with “I never could be bothered to make another record unless I was really excited by it.”
I think it’s now safe to say that an appetite for this new incarnation of shoegaze is growing, and if So Smart helps to unearth bands anywhere near the calibre of its predecessor, then exciting times are very much ahead!