The Billinda Butchers
As the first notes of a Bilinda Butchers song come in, it’s clear that this San Francisco trio is fluent in the art of shoegaze. Their name is, in fact, a homage to My Bloody Valentine’s guitarist, Bilinda Butcher. But don’t let the fanboy name fool you, this is a forward-thinking band that churns out atypical dreamscape sounds.
Their ambitious 2014 debut LP, HEAVEN, is a concept album about a love story set in 19th century Japan. The ambient guest vocals throughout the album from Juri Nakashima sound like something out of an M83 song and tracks like “Edo Method” are a spectacularly rejuvenating take on classic shoegaze.