Postcards + Jaguwar: Indie-rock and dream-pop virtuosos meet top-notch noise romantics.
Postcards is a dream pop trio formed in 2012 in Beirut, Lebanon. Their music is defined by hushed vocals floating over expansive soundscapes that shift between harsh noise and dreamy atmospheres Their third album, After the Fire, Before the End, came out on October 15, 2021. Written between January 2020 and January 2021, the album is a record of the devastating year that the country witnessed, through the eyes of the band; the slow demise of an uprising, the economic collapse, a crushing pandemic, and the explosion.
Berlin and Dresden trio JAGUWAR played their way into the hearts of noise romantics with the sprawling sonic landscapes which characterized the trio’s 2018 debut album Ringthing. Oyèmi, Lemmy and Chris subsequently embarked on a phase of intense touring before returning to the studio to create their sophomore album GOLD, set for release in October 2021.
GOLD is a supercharged blast of future pop, transcending borders and defying pigeonholes, an album arising from the band’s predisposition to experiment. GOLD is not only danceable, poppy and endearingly intricate, it also flys in the face of the status quo, ask questions of the current state of affairs and the oppressive mechanisms in our society.Diverting melodies coalesce with a familiarly vociferous wall of sound to create an atmosphere which galvanizes the band’s pursuit of freedom. Thanks to a seemingly limitless arsenal of effect devices and a sizeable stack of amplifiers, JAGUWAR create a wealth of elegant soundscapes. Shimmering tonal fragments infiltrate layer upon layer of aural strata, leading into catchy indie pop hooks which prelude an epic storm of thunderous guitars. Oyèmi and Lemmy alternating vocals are the missing links in a world of stark contrasts.
Danceable and cheerfully melancholic shoegaze showdown.