Elizabeth Klisiewicz

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I am a life long fan of music, and started delving into more unusual forms in my teens. Though the classics (Beatles, Stones) have always informed my tastes, I built my passion for music on those early influences. First it was hard rock and metal in the 70s and early 80s, then it morphed into folk rock, punk, psychedelia, post punk, shoegaze, and dream pop. I also admit that I liked a fair amount of synth pop, classical, jazz, electronic, post rock, and ambient music. I currently host a radio show on Mixcloud and also contribute to Primal Blog and Big Takeover (print and web).

Articles by Elizabeth Klisiewicz

Wooden Shjips – V

This album is such a pleasant, burbling listen as it meanders and expands through your aural senses. The songs are long and droning, and they will draw you in! Despite these plusses, it’s not easy listening. For those who prefer their psych in short, neat slices, look elsewhere. These are songs you need to spend time with, inhabiting the sonic spaces carved out by this talented group.

Thing – Thing EP

Comes off like a modern version of the 80s band, Black Sun Ensemble, and becomes enmeshed with other purveyors of loud, droning psych in my mind.

The Third Sound – All Tomorrow’s Shadows

This is not paint by numbers paisley psych, rather, it hovers at the edges of Kraut rock and has a somewhat Motorik feel in some passages.

ACTORS – It Will Come to You

Imagine The Sisters of Mercy crossed with The Cure and any other favorite post punk group, including even lesser known lights of the scene such as early Comsat Angels and you start to get an inkling of what to expect here.

Ulrika Spacek – Suggestive Listening EP

Their smooth, deceptively minimalist and vintage sound is enticing.

Echolust – Loomer

A Long Beach dark wave project that has religiously studied the 80s post punk playbook, and they mine it marvellously.

Bloody Knives – White Light Black Moon

Nightmare music for a creepy sci-fi flick, replete with insectoid synth bleats, heavy keyboard washes, and insanely fast drumming. Chilly and slick, it will slide constrictor like and annihilate you

The Soft Moon – Criminal

Dark and grungy, the perfect soundtrack to your haunted headspace.

Lowtide – Southern Mind

This Melbourne group is no run of the mill shoegaze band. In fact, they have plenty of sonic tricks up their sleeve, and offer up a delectable palette of dream pop, shoegaze, and post punk.

Echodrone – Past, Preset, and Future

Echodrone is back with a gorgeous new album, a dreamscape if ever one existed. Sonic sunlight streams through the cracks in your consciousness and peels back the dark edges as this song suite unfurls. This is joyful and even triumphant music, not something that will drag you deep into the gloom.

Dead Leaf Echo – Beyond Desire

This is an album that will appeal to existing DLE fans and may draw in new listeners who know about the band but may not have checked them out in the past.

Co-Pilgrim – Moon Lagoon

It morphs into swirling dream pop with warm rushes of organ and pretty harmonies. It’s got a very late 60s, early 70s feel to it, one that is welcome when all the radio ever plays is bombastic hard rock of the worst sort.

Triptides – Afterglow

They make it all seem effortless, but these lovely confections were carefully crafted and lovingly produced. It all comes down to a love of music, and this emanates from the grooves of this record.

Frankie Rose – Cage Tropical

It’s a bouncy album of bright, retro sounding synth pop and new wave. It reflects Frankie’s interest in old sci-fi movies and soundtracks that use silly synths.

Principe Valiente – Oceans

This music is dense and it is delicate, icy musical layers are frosty yet gorgeous as they work their magic on you. Even as the darkness swirls around you, glimmers of light dance just out of reach.

Miranda Lee Richards – Existential Beast

The single ‘Lucid I Would Dream’ is a soft, contemplative piece that inhabits the same space that Suzanne Vega once did back in the 80s. Miranda Lee has such a lyrical, expressive voice that shades these tunes like a gentle rain.

The KVB – Fixation / White Walls EP

The KVB spin a variant of dreamy synth pop meshed with post punk that I find very appealing. Perhaps it’s the mysterious way they have about them, or the way their tunes hang out in a fog-shrouded part of my brain, one especially designed to receive and delight in this music.

Beach Fossils – Somersault

The group invested ample time on this release, expanding their range both musically and lyrically. It’s a true collaboration between Payseur and bandmates Jack Doyle Smith and Tommy Davidson. The new songs reveal a more fluid, eclectic sound, filled with lush compositions formed by studio experiments. The album contains more complex instrumentation, including string arrangements, piano, harpsichord, flute, and saxophone.

Clustersun – Surfacing To Breathe

While Clustersun is known primarily as shoegazers, their sound has evolved to include elements of post punk, noise pop, and mind-bending psych. The sound is more up front aggressive and hard charging, and it suits them well.

The Entrance Band – Fuzz Club Session

These new songs differ from previous howling acid rock and instead focus on dreamier elements.

Moon Duo – Occult Architecture Vol. 2

The music reflects the hidden energies of rain clouds and sunshine and the deep creep of Northwest forests along with their effect on the psyche, inspired by the occult and esoteric literature of Mary Anne Atwood, Aleister Crowley, Colin Wilson, and Manly P. Hall.

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