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Barren land shoegaze from Shinowa, whose 7" showing here is plenty of sad. A smorgasbord of hazy guitar deluge and whispered vocals, their sound has both the expansive of meandering psych rock and the emotional sensitivity of '90s indie pop. An interesting sound that packs movement into a fogged landscape.

Vinyl 7" £7.99

Japanese 7" + CD on LEIM Records. First pressing includes two bonus stickers.

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Snow, Moon, Flowers by Shinowa
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7/10 Clinton 19 October 2017

Ten out of ten for the sleeve, Shinowa are a Japanese band that play a kind of dreamy shoegaze sound as if Taffy had got really sad for a moment. Theirs is a hi tech form of 'gaze with drum machines and electronics burbling away. Even their guitars sound like they have been treated in something. Opener 'Snow Moon Flowers' starts off really twee but turn your back for a second and it keeps changing tack. This is like when Cornelius realised he could fit 7 songs in one and went about ensuring that you didn't get more than two minutes of one thing.

'Almost Certain' is possible better. It's certainly unusual with all kinds of off kilter rhythms before emerging blinking into the sunlight with a swoop of a chorus. Sounds like they are about to fall apart at any moment. Also hints of Deerhoof. Dead good this.  



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