She's So Rad #4 - Cool It


Has it really been two years since I last covered She's So Rad? Time sure does fly. Let's welcome back the New Zealand based duo with "Cool It", the first track taken from their second album Tango, due early next year.

The track itself is a wonderful, effortless beauty that brings the best bits of their fuzzed-out shoegaze, here softer and dreamier than ever before. Anji takes over on lead vocals, her luscious vocals swooning over glistening soundscapes that glide gradually towards a searing, on-the-edge guitar led finale. You'll be singing along in no time at all.

"Cool It" will be available via Bandcamp, next Monday November 17th. 

She's So Rad #3 - Time

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A quick update today as I've been ill all weekend and am struggling still (man-flu - fear not, it'll soon pass!), New Zealand's She's So Rad return with the second track taken from their second full length due in 2013, "Time" (which you can download on a pay what you like basis from bandcamp).

A glorious continuation of the bands light, poppy electronic soundscapes where shimmering guitar and fizzing drum machine beats meet with Jeremy and Anji's complimenting dual vocals, soft and nostalgically beautiful throughout. With the hazy gorgeousness of "Confetti" and now "Time" She's So Rad could soon be your new favourite shoegaze band...

She's So Rad #2 - Confetti

When I mentioned She's So Rad at the start of February I had no idea that a few months later Jeremy Toy & Anji Sami would be over in the UK for a fortnight long tour in support of fellow New Zealander Ladyhawke (they're still here with their own London show on May 30th at The Macbeth - details). I'm not surprised that we've warmed to them, their blend of early 90's shoegaze and spiralling synth sounds like it could easily have been made by the latest UK 'buzz band'.

To coincide with the UK shows She's So Rad have released the first track (available for free download below) from their forthcoming, as yet unannounced second album, "Confetti" is an apt title for the multi-layered blend of kaleidoscopic heavy pop soundscapes where shimmering guitar, synth and looped drum patterns create a sweet, dreamy melody that fills your mind with blissful thoughts. Added to the tracks top notch production which adds an extra layer of sheen "Confetti" is sure to win praise from all corners, it's early radio play on Radio One a testimony to that. Once the word gets out, there maybe no stopping them.

She's So Rad - New Music "Introducing"

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She's So Rad are Auckland, New Zealand based duo Jeremy Toy & Anji Sami, my apologies to whoever I got the tip from because I've completely forgotten you now, needless to say it was a bloody good call, one listen to the exceptional "Iceblock" and I'm hooked... She's So Rad's debut album 'In Circles' came out last summer and offers a genuinely exquisite combination of shoegaze and electronic music, the release seems to have been overlooked outside NZ so here's hoping more important blogs than myself will also arrive late to the scene.

Opening track "Iceblock" with its swirling shimmering melody is just glorious, Jeremy provides the layers of dreamy and psychedelic guitars, Anji the kaleidoscopic keys with both combining to provide soft, ethereal harmonious vocals. Equally impressive is the next track "Circles", a jangly-guitar driven pop-song which hypnotises you with its more jagged, reverb heavy guitars and upbeat, urgent beat, in a similar vein "Videos" is another highlight, driven by the rhythmic repetition of twinkling processed beats and fuzzed-up guitar while "Georgie's Song" is the most devastating on the album, the calming melody more soothing than battering, the switch in pace for this melancholic beauty works perfectly, simply gorgeous.

Enough superlatives, "In Circles" is available now digitally via bandcamp with a 12" vinyl in the works, add it to your 'missed in 2011' lists.