The Second Wave of Shoegaze

Shoegaze is a musical term that is often used these days and if you’re bothering to read this it’s unlikely it’ll need any introduction.

For those of you who are too young to remember it was originally a very short-lived music scene created by the UK press in the early 1990’s which was killed off by the same journalists in 1992. 

At the turn of the century various bands began to emerge inspired by the success of Mogwai, Sigur Ros and Mercury Rev alongside the originators Ride, My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive. 

I started building the below playlist years ago which I think captures what I consider to be some of the best tunes that could be called Shoegaze from this century.  I appreciate there will be purists who will argue that some of these tracks fall into another genre but it’s the mix with other music types that makes it interesting. 

Above image courtesy of Sonic Cathedral as featured on the cover of their 2009 compilation album Cathedral Classics.

My top Shoegaze albums this century (in no particular order)

  • Televise – Songs to Sings in A&E
  • Ulrich Schnauss – A Strangely Isolated Place
  • Slowdive – s/t
  • School of Seven Bells – Alpinism
  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – s/t
  • Sennen- Widows
  • DIIV – Is The Is Are
  • Sigur Ros – ( )
  • Sobrenadar – y
  • Maps – We Can Create
  • Washed Out – Within Without
  • The Early Years – s/t

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