Phosphene is a shoegaze/dream pop trio from Oakland. They released a self-titled album in the summer of 2014, and the six-song Breaker EP is scheduled for release on April 29. I don’t know anything else about this band. I got something in the mail bag with the RIYLs of Wye Oak, Alvvays, and Torres. Indeed I do like those three bands quite a lot. I was of course also drawn in by the “Bay area dream pop” description. While I do like what I’ve heard from Phosphene, I’m definitely reminded more of DC-area shoegaze and dream pop than of bands from those genres in the San Francisco Bay area. And speaking of DC-area shoegaze/dream pop, I’m specifically reminded of Baltimore noise-makers Thrushes. If Thrushes had to tone things down and play a “quiet” gig, I think this is exactly what they would sound like. And that’s brilliant.
“Ride” by Phosphene
The new EP will be out next month. In the meantime, you can buy this track via Bandcamp here.