Los Angeles shoegazers Shaki Tavi, led by frontman and songwriter Leon Mosburg, are returning with a new self-titled album, which will be released on November 4 via Mutation Records. Today, the group have shared their first single from the new album, “Hopeless // Devoted,” which pairs dense walls of guitars with a heavy back end and a grungy immediacy. Rather than lean into blissed out abstraction, the group pushes the hooks forward for a single that’s at once infectious and immersive. It rides a line between early ’90s Dinosaur Jr. and My Bloody Valentine, with some of the more muscular intensity of Cloakroom and Nothing as well. This is, simply put, shoegaze at its best.
Shaki Tavi said in a statement that “The album is dedicated to the lost.” The group will also be touring the West Coast this fall with Sun Colony, dates to be announced soon.
Hear Shaki Tavi’s “Hopeless // Devoted” below.
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