Improbably enough, it seems that the delightfully spaced out alt-rock subgenre known as shoegaze is in the midst of another resurgence. Shoegaze has its origins in late ‘80s Britain wherein a host of bands like My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins and the Veldt emerged and found success by shaking up the established indie rock sound with blasts of guitar distortion and haunting vocal arrangements.
After petering out in the mid-‘90s, the genre resurfaced in the early 2000s when a slew of excellent shoegaze-influenced records released by post-rock bands such as A Shoreline Dream, Silversun Pickups and M83. And just as it seemed like that subsection of music was sliding into another hibernation period, recording artists like Slowdive, My Vitriol and Weird. have released some fantastic albums that have proved the genre still has a lot of life left in it.
One recent bright spot of the newest wave of shoegaze is Silver Rose, a recent musical project created by Ruido Rosa cofounder Carla Sariñana. Launched in 2015, Silver Rose was conceived to celebrate the gauzy and rapturous sounds of classic shoegaze and ‘70s dream pop. Her 2015 self-titled debut EP, which was recently reissued by Presana Music, sounds like a sublime fusion of Kevin Shields-style swirling guitars and The Mamas and the Papas type harmonies. As such, it’s exactly the kind of innovation the genre needs to stay vital and relevant and deserves the attention of indie rock fans the world over.
Silver Rose’s first EP can be purchased here.