If this year has proven one thing in shoegaze, it’s that the genre can still sound exciting and fresh after all these years. The reformation of My Bloody Valentine a few years back appears to have revitalised the scene, and now bands from all over the place are popping up and making wonderful, engrossing music – and more than that, it’s even accessible. Though bands like Engineers turned a few heads and got a fair bit of radio airplay at the same time a few years back, this current crop seem to have the edge. The most obvious example is that of The Pains of Being pure at heart, who’s own brand of dream-pop you can find playing in branches of Urban Outfitters around the country. One band who sound destined to make similar strides are Bristol’s The Fauns.
Not content with the comparisons with trip-hop legends Portishead, the band even got Geoff Barrow from the band involved with the making of their album, which clearly shows his imprint. Whether that’s through his mentorship or due to the immense shadow that the band have cast over the rest of the genre is another matter, but for the mean time have a lot of great material themselves.
Their debut album isn’t officially released until October 12th (although it has already leaked), and hopefully the band will give it the touring it richly deserves. For the moment, you can console yourself with this mp3: