D//E Playlist: Stream And Destroy Vol. 4

A new pile of a dozen tracks, fueled from recent submissions, comprise the fourth volume of Stream And Destroy.

Drawing from everything nineties, mostly Britpop, grunge and shoegaze, Midlands five-piece up and comers, Violet, do not hold back on bringing equal parts of intensity and accessibility to their intriguing sound. In a similar manner, High Tropics, the moniker of Queensland based artist, Josh Stewart, combines the fuzziness of a more garage pop-inclined sound with the sophistication of lo-fi.

Connecticut noise rock trio, Feralie, have recently delivered their solid sophomore EP, Everything’s That Dark, on which they try out a darker approach while maintaining the genre mixing characteristics they introduced on their previous release.

On their self-titled debut EP which follows their notable debut album and was just released on Art Is Hard, punk/noise rock/grunge trio Birdskulls manage to bring the best of all those worlds into their exciting sound and evoke some strong energy through their dense and well versed compositions.

Chicago's Kate Renegade bring the heaviness to their unique combination of pop and rock 'n' roll, and have just recorded their fantastic latest single with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio, so expect some great quality, excitement and expert production coming from that, alongside the band's signature fiery female vocals.

Cleveland's garage pop quartet, Forager bring forth everything jangly through some clever and memorable songwriting, while New York's The Bobby Lees lay out a gritty sound founded on the blues and punk, which comes with much rawness and the quartet's bold DIY aesthetics.

On the playlist's dreamier side, we have a lot of goods. Singaporean shoegaze five-piece, Cosmic Child, have just presented their excellent sophomore album, Blue, which further establishes them as one of the finest shoegaze exports out of Asia. June Pastel is the dreampop project of Anthony Peña, a Venezuelan-American living in Baltimore, whose first single comes with much promise for his upcoming LP, both via the always reliable The Native Sound. In the same dreamy vein, Amsterdam shoegazers, Wake of Jissom, introduce themselves with a dynamic debut single, while Mississippi five-piece, carrying the brilliant moniker Goth Dad, fire up a hazy, full of welcome wistfulness and pleasant distortion blend of shoegaze and dreampop through their new single, Control.

Drawing influence from their local football team, Blue Painted Flag is a newly founded underground indie act from Stockholm with a sharp indie rock sound which confines a lot of mellowness in its well crafted melodies and lyrics. The band's upcoming EP, Nearly Alive, Almost Home, which will be released March 23rd.

01. Violet - Feel
02. High Tropics - You Never Made It Easy
03. Feralie - Hiding in Shadows
04. Birdskulls - Promises
05. Kate Renegade - Bow & Arrow
06. Forager - Solitaire
07. The Bobby Lees - Limosine
08. Cosmic Child - Blue / Green
09. June Pastel - Without a Phrase
10. Wake of Jissom - Out of Office
11. Goth Dad - Control
12. Blue Painted Flag - Basically Everything Is Just a Play


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