American indie rock and avant-garde musician, composer and producer Jim O'Rourke has been a key component in the increasing overlap of the American and European experimental music avant-garde, working in everything from jazz and rock to ambient and electro-acoustic and building many a bridge in between. A Chicago native, his work has found equal luck with experimental jazz and noise fanatics, chill room denizens, and bedroom experimentalists, and has had the resultant effect of cross-pollinating many otherwise isolated compositional communities.
Yellow6 has at times been described as post-rock, space-rock, electronica, shoegaze, ambient… the reality is that Yellow6 has some similarity with each of those genres but is not so easily definable, using aspects of drone, repetition, melody, harmony, noise and silence to create absorbing soundscapes to drift off into. Yellow6 was created out of necessity in the mid-90’s, the necessity to make guitar music not confined to rock song structures, and the necessity of circumstance to be a solo artist.
Ondine is a solo project of Ptrx, guitarist/singer of Steamer Cry Wolf. It's dreamy shoegaze, in the best tradition of My Bloody Valentine and Ride. Since 2008 Ondine has grown into a full band, with Kwinten Callens, Tom Wolf and Stef Van Straelen joining forces. url: http://www.myspace.com/ondinefromalosta
NX2 (Noga Shatz - guitar and vocals, Noga Shalev - bass and vocals) are a dreamy-shoegaze duo from Israel.
Ebbs and Flows started life in an old warehouse flat in Macclesfield when Rob Calder saved up his pennies (earned through geriatric carework) to buy a four-track recorder. Inspired by folk music, Spacemen 3 records and the people around him, Rob started to record. Having utterly failed to meet like-minded people, he moved to Oxford and then Reading, where his efforts culminated in his first album, the largely acoustic 184,000,000 Miles. A demo copy of the album found its way to Holly's Demo Hell (a now-defunct column in the NME where witty putdowns were generally the order of the day).
Formed in late 2006, Monsters Build Mean Robots have already created a unique and breathtaking sound. Electronic loops and backdrops merge with layered and intense guitar and organ parts, mixing with sweet mesmerizing vocals, used sparingly, to create an overwhelming and luscious soundscape. The duo are from the South of England, and their self-titled album is their first release.
Their name, taken from a Silver Mt Zion lyric, acknowledges their diverse influences, ranging from Godspeed You Black Emperor and Explosions In The Sky, to Radiohead, and then to Squarepusher and Fourtet.
Finding their finished form in November 2005 over a phone call between two nightclubs, The Sleep Wells are a four piece alternative/indie band from Cambridge UK. They recorded a lo-fi EP, on a four-track recorder, in January 2006 and made their live debut eight months later.
Since then, they've played a handful of gigs in Cambridge and London. Their second EP, known as panda, was recorded March 2007 and is available as a free-download. They've been compared to the likes of Broken Social Scene, Daydream Nation-era Sonic Youth and PJ Harvey.
The name 'Slipstream' is used by a number of artists, including as an alias for the Hi-NRG producer Ian Anthony Stephens ('I Kissed a Boy') and as the name of both a drum and bass act and the UK indie band described below. Slipstream were formed in 1994 after Mark Refoy left Spiritualized. The band consisted of Ian Anderson on guitar, Gary Lennon on bass, Steve Beswick on drums and occasional appearances from Jonny Mattock who had also stopped drumming for Spiritualized later that year.