We’re excited to announce, that seminal shoegaze band The Veldt has joined Soundtaxi, and we’re proud to offer their reunion EP The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur for synch. Originally formed in the 90s, the band rose to prominence with their acclaimed album Afrodisiac, a record that sits proudly on Pitchfork‘s The 50 Best Shoegaze Albums of All Time list.
Describing the new record to music supervisors, we’d say its a psychedelic trip through big city dive bars, and small town roadhouses. An adventure through alternate realities, hazy lust, strange goodbyes and stranger hellos. It is angst, apathy and love collapsing in on itself. It is every scene of millennial self-destruction and forgotten Gen-X’s lingering disillusionment.
Guitarists Danny Chavis and Hayato Nakao whip an effortless velvet haze over filtered electronic drums. Daniel Chavis’ powerfully subdued vocals offer a tension spectrum that is at once serene, mournful and sensual. The songs soar with a melancholic beauty that seems prophetic, with a heady emotional impact that takes listeners along on a waking dream.
The band hasn’t missed a beat. In fact, their new material, in some places exceeds their best 90s offerings. One of the best reviewed self-relesed records of 2016 with nods from The Guardian and Wax Poetics, the album was recently re-released by Raleigh based indie label Schoolkids Records.
Listen to Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur here!
Pioneering 90s shoegaze outfit, The Veldt, is spearheaded by Twin brothers Daniel and Danny Chavis, originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. An alt-rock band with a black frontman, blending psych, authentic southern soul, and ghostly guitars, was an anomaly in a scene dominated by white British bands. However, they quickly commanded the scene’s attention, winning an early fan in alt-rock icon Robin Guthrie (of Cocteau Twins fame).
When the The Veldt disbanded, the Chavis brothers formed Apollo Heights, a thriving New York indie band, finding even more acclaim with a record produced by Guthrie, and collaborations with artists ranging from Mos Def to TV on the Radio and Mike Ladd. They are also featured in the award-winning documentary Afro Punk (2003). Their efforts have cemented the Chavis brothers’ positions as both indie rock icons, and pioneers in alternative African American music.
The meteoric resurgence of dream pop in today’s landscape is the perfect moment for The Veldt’s return. We’re proud to be a part.