It’s been a hell of a first half for new music this year. Massive reunion albums, breathtaking new artists, hazy landscapes. In any other year, we could reasonably close the book on the year, and call it complete. But even now we’re awaiting an epic second half of 2017, with long awaited albums from Airiel, Frankie Rose, Miniatures, Cloakroom and more. Want to know what’s worth loading up on your iPod for beach travel this summer? Our tastemakers share their picks for best shoegaze and dream pop albums of 2017 so far.

DJ Heretic

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You might’ve thought you knew Panda Riot before. Then they level up. More layers, more textures, more depth… Panda Riot graduates to the next phase.

DJ Ariel

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‘Slowdive release their first new album in 25 years.’ Frankly that’s all the preamble that’s necessary. The rest writes itself, dunnit? What a joyous return!

For me, ‘Encounters’ is a near-perfect record and a shining example of what new shoegaze acts are bringing to the table. Ethereal yet substantial, everything on this LP is perfectly balanced and quite literally a joy to listen to, from the first note to the last.

Matthew, Muso Japan

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Another great album from my favorite purveyors or harsh, fuzzy shoegaze. Shimaru is a collection of the driven, emotional tonal filth that these guys have trademarked. “Michinoku Overdriver” is also hands down the best-named song of the year.

Always been a fan of Drab Majesty and their latest release is their best. Each track has great songwriting and production. Gives me an 80’s vibe for all the right reasons. This is their masterpiece!

Ranger is this album that has 11 strong tracks on an album that is coherent from start to finish. Tonally, Electro Group ups their game, creating gorgeous guitar tones, aggressive percussion, and cutting bass. Ranger is indeed a masterpiece.

If none of that suits your fancy, guessing you may be listening to the wrong station, or consulting the wrong blog at least. We’d be remiss not to mention Alternative Facts: A Resistance Compilation. Not only does it benefit charity, not only does it feature many new and exclusive tracks, but I count at least three songs that are certain to end up on our Top Tracks of 2017 list. So that’s a thing. Happy Listening!