Formed in 2019 in Tokyo, Japan, re:lapse is part of an exciting wave of young shoegaze and dream pop acts in the domestic scene. The band consists of four members with previous experience in other shoegaze bands throughout Japan. On their self-produced debut EP, to be released September 8th on Dreamwaves Records, re:lapse showcases a penchant for crafting a thick, gorgeous sound by way of layers of distorted, reverb-soaked guitars and synthesizers. Ethereal male-female twin vocals add to the depth in a sound that is all about bringing texture to the forefront while weaving in subtle melodies to add a tinge of pop to the mix.
Azusa Suga from established Tokyo dream pop outfit For Tracy Hyde lends to the dreamy atmosphere on the EP with synth arrangement on “f” and “neverland”.
Leading up to the release of the debut, re:lapse has released official music videos for “f” and “smile”. “Re:lapse .ep” will be released on September 8th, 2021 as the first release from the newly-established Nagoya-based label DREAMWAVES RECORDS. In addition to a domestic release, it will be available for digital and physical (CD) purchase via DREAMWAVES RECORDS’ Bandcamp.
Physical copies of the initial pressing will also include a digital download code granting access to audio from the band’s “re:verb tokyo session 2021”.
Preorder of physical CD versions of the album are currently available via the following sites, with international shipping options available:
Tower (JP): https://tower.jp/item/