This mix, entitled GIRYGAZE, is a collection of shoegaze-ish songs all from bands that contain a lady. One reason I love shoegaze so much is because it is a genre that, when compared to others, seems to eschew the whole "girls can't rock" thing, both when the movement first started in the late 80s and in the resurgence of shoegaze bands today. One could argue that this is because shoegaze tends to sounds more "feminine"; dreamy, swirly pink noise lends itself quite well to whispered lady vocals. And that would be a fair assesment. But it is also worth noting that Rachel Goswell from Slowdive sang less songs than Neil Halstead, Debbie Gooch from My Bloody Valentine and Lorelei Meetze from Film School play bass and don't sing at all, and the Dum Dum Girls are an all-female band. So while the music style (like most forms of rock music) isn't completely egalitarian, it's certainly a lot more inclusive than most, without touting their female band members in a tokenist way (however, the blantant objectification of Miki Berenyi in Lush was an unfortunate exception).
I sincerely hope you all enjoy this mix. Let me know what you think!
Note: I realize Ladytron isn't a shoegaze band, but their one shoegazey song is better than some bands' entire discographies. Thus, its inclusion.
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1. blackout - lush - split
2. there is a light that never goes out - dum dum girls - he gets me high ep
3. dust devil - school of seven bells - disconnect from desire
4. lectric - film school - hideout
5. souvlaki space station - slowdive - souvlaki
6. the absolute elsewhere - thee heavenly music association - shaping the invisible
7. spring and by summer fall - blonde redhead - 23
8. love fade - tamaryn - the waves
9. drive it all over me - my bloody valentine - you made me realize ep
10. pack you up - black tambourine - s/t
11. white light generator - ladytron - witching hour
12. musette and drums - cocteau twins - head over heels