Staff Picks: Still in a Dream: A Story of Shoegaze 1988-1995

For fans of: Shoegaze! Particularly those looking below the surface of the first UK wave.

What we say: It's a great time for listeners avid for more of shoegaze' blissed-out fuzz and melancholic melodicism, second only to the decade of the sound's origin. The Guardian's "Shoegaze: The Genre that Could Not be Killed", and New York Times' "Shoegaze, the Sound of Protest Shrouded in Guitar Fuzz, Returns", best encapsulating this resurgence. For those just entering into the neon torrent, you'd not go far wrong beginning with The Guardian's "Shoegaze: A Beginner's Guide", and the Cherry Red label's anthology of a perfect overview with their, "Still in a Dream: A Story of Shoegaze 1988-1995". Now reissued as a LP edition with selections from the expansive 5 CD set! (JP)

Further listening: So many bands on this set have stellar catalogs beyond. May we recommend digging into Pale Saints, Moonshake, House of Love, and Lush