❉ Nova Flares Announces Debut EP: dreamgaze for the perfect Tarantino / Lynch soundtrack.
Indie rock shoegaze artist Nova Flares has announced his forthcoming self-titled EP, set for release on June 1. This follows up two beautiful surf-gaze singles – Krokodil Tears and Gut Splinter.
We Are Cult are pleased to premiere Nova Flares’ debut EP in support of this release. Here are five brilliant tracks ripe for the picking – best to take all of them though.
Heavily influenced by neo-psychedelic bands of the 90’s through to those currently active, such as Black Market Karma, Mystic Braves, Holy Wave and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, this music should appeal to fans of Alvvays, Beach Fossils, Be Forest, Foliage, Rheya, Varsity, Beach Fossils, Winter and Wild Nothing.
“This EP is meant to be strictly musical. however, I intentionally made these tracks very spacious and vibey so that the listener could attach whatever memory or emotion that they get while listening to a song. This should be a more personal experience. To me, that means that to every different listener, it’s a completely different song, and I like that idea. Similar to the idea of a “nova flare”, this ends up being a memory of giant reaction.”
Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Nova Flares is the solo project of Jason Wagers, whose music as a solo artist cleverly combines shoegaze with neo-psychedelic and surf rock. This is as close as one can get to the surfgaze dreamery Quentin Tarantino or David Lynch love to include in their soundtracks. “The songs I create through Nova Flares are supposed to be very cinematic and capture memories and feelings from situations I’d experienced in my childhood and adult life, but these songs are also meant to be left open ended so that the listener could have their own personal sensory experience as well,” says Jason Wagers.
The bright, reactive sound of this music inspired the project’s name ‘Nova Flares’. A nova is an astronomical event causing the sudden appearance of a bright, apparently ‘new’ star that slowly fades from view. The interaction between two stars causes a flare up, perceived as a new entity that is much brighter than the stars involved. Similarly, this new project was also born from the destruction of Wagers’ previous project The Corridors.
Playing in bands and writing music since the age of 14, he eventually learned enough in the music sphere to start producing his own records, appreciative of the freedom and ability to record his own songs and release his own records. Growing beyond guitar to also bass guitar, drums and piano and also dabbling with vocals over the years. His Nova Flares project provided the perfect opportunity to develop his skills even further.
Jason Wagers has dubbed his sound “surfgaze”, the style borrowing gazey elements that can be traced back to My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Beach Fossils and The Jesus and Mary Chain, while also being influenced by surf and beach-goth-psych bands like The Growlers, La Luz, The Warlocks and the Allah-Las.
The new accompanying video for Krokodil Tears was directed and edited by Hunter Saylor, co-directed by Jason Wagers, and produced by Eric Yaets, which you can view here:
❉ The ‘Nova Flares’ EP will be released on June 1 via online stores and streaming platforms, but the singles ‘Gut Splinter’ and ‘Krokodil Tears’ are already available via Nova Flares’ own Bandcamp.
❉ News source: Shameless Promotion PR. Photos © Destiny Robb.
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