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Genre Adventure: Shoegaze

Currently, this is my go-to genre for some good ol' walls-of-sound and distant vocals, but it wasn't instant. Rather, took quite a bit of time to get fully invested in, lol. Here's my experience with music of this genre and how I came to enjoy it more and more.
White Pony

The songs "Change (In the House of Flies)" and "My Own Summer (Shove It)" would essentially be my first introduction to the genre roughly a decade ago, then came the rest of their records. At the time, I wasn't really keen on the "hook" of the genre's hazy walls of sound, rather I was more into it for different reasons uncertain. Admittedly, the group was, for the longest time, the only band of the genre that I jammed.

Around this time, I started to venture out into more of Chino's works and found out that he outsourced himself quite a bit. One of them being of Palms, which focuses more on Dream Pop/Shoegaze. Slowly I started to see the hook, but I wasn't fully "there" yet.

A bit after checking some random songs here and there, I was starting to lean towards heavier vocals. That eventually lead me to Blackgaze, and this record was one of the first records I enjoyed occasionally here and there. Still, there wasn’t that one record that really did it for me, until…
4Sol Distorsion
Sol Distorsion

Yep, this record essentially made me love the genre a lot more than before. Fully grasp the hook of why this genre was so beloved and I never looked back. It’s a great record to get yourself lost in with tracks like "Iris". There was a lot still to discover...

It’s in almost every list, I know, but personally, this exceeded my expectations for the genre of Shoegaze/Black Metal. The concept of a wall of sound hit me like a truck, and I wonder why I didn’t invest in this genre sooner. "Dream House" is probably my all-time favorite songs for its context and soundscape.
6Loathe (UK)
I Let It In And It Took Everything

While following the band’s work before this record’s inception (most, if not all metalcore), I was not expecting them to implement elements of Shoegaze to their arsenal. Songs like “Two-Way Mirror” and “Is It Really You?” really pushed me to look into the genre more and more.

Struck with curiosity, I decided to look into some classics. One that caught my eye was Slowdive’s sophomore “Souvlaki” (more specifically “Souvlaki Space Station”. The warm fuzz, delays, and everything this record sought to be made it an instant favorite.
Moving Away

Slowing down the pace a bit, I was looking for something that resonated with me as things started to make a 180 in the world. That sort of escape, I realized was Shoegaze, and Gleemer record here sort of eased the stress with their chord progressions and down-to-earth vocals.
9Flyying Colours

Looking into the genre more, I decided to take up Dream Pop again, and some bands came to mind akin to Nothing, and Slowdive, to an extent. The distant, reverb-y sounds helped me day-to-day, causing me to lean more towards this style. Really started to enjoy the dream-y aspects again from this point...
The Great Dismal

And, that’s pretty much it, lol. I still don’t know why I didn’t delve into this genre more, since it seems that I was missing out on a hell of a lot.

[Bands I also enjoyed from June: Modern Color, Jesu, Soul Blind, and SASAMI]
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