NYC's Peel Dream Magazine dazzled listeners with their recent release "Agitprop Alterna," a smart album that draws from a wide set of post-punk, shoegaze and indiepop influences but still has an assured, unique sound. Now they're following up with "Moral Panics," a companion EP that features unreleased songs from the "Agitprop Alterna" sessions. Far from being outtakes, these are all songs that stand strong on their own, and gathered together function as a useful corollary to the album.
The EP's title comes from Stanley Cohen's "Folk Devils and Moral Panics," a pivotal study of the media treatment of the mod movement and the poltical, societal and cultural faultlines that the media panic embodied -- it's a reference that's quite revealing about some of the ideas behind Peel Dream. Songs like "New Culture," "Verfremdungseffekt" and "Life At The Movies" continue PDM's investigations into those frought areas where art, culture and commerce meet, and the EP as a whole comprises a crucial piece of the Peel Dream discography.
That Go-Betweens "Striped Sunlight Sound" again, and delightfully so. C86, McCarthy, jangly, shoegaze, indie pop, Postcard Records and even the Velvet Underground. Yet they've assembled all their influences into their own individual style. And it's one of the few records this year to bring a smile to my heart. agutterfan
Absolutely stoked to feast my ears on these new songs, that quite literally slingshots me back to the days of my youth, with a signature sound that you can’t help but fall in love with, hearing those heavy ass guitars dripping with that sonic sweetness that the 90s shoe gazers of yesteryear everywhere will remember and find reason to rejoice! 💯🔥🔥🔥🔥🙏 digitalslavery