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Friday Playlist: As Below, So Above

A collection of shoegaze songs.

Shoegaze is the sound of pure bliss, an all-encompassing pink noise that sweeps you into other worlds. This mix works equally for staring at your feet or at the stars.

Photo by Natalie Kucken

Illustration by Minna

Meagan Fredette is a 27-year-old feminist style blogger at Latterstyle. She lives in Chicago, and enjoys dreamy music, The X-Files, and riding her bike.

37 Comments

  • catpower44 January 4th, 2013 11:17 PM

    Such a fitting playlist! I love it! Beach House is one of my favourites, I’m glad they’re on there!

    http://cosmicballerinas.tumblr.com/

  • Lascelles January 4th, 2013 11:25 PM

    Latterstyle link broken.

    • Anaheed January 5th, 2013 12:46 AM

      Fixed; thanks, Lascelles.

  • jenaimarley January 5th, 2013 12:01 AM

    Anyone heard Blind Devine?

    • Lascelles January 5th, 2013 1:25 AM

      Divine. Never heard them actually. Listening to all the artists in the genre now. Only one I heard is Silversun Pickups but they are probably not technically shoegazing. It’s a nice sound but maybe it’s because I like trip hop, chill out, etc but my mind is like if someone punched the guy on the guitar with the pedal, this would be an amazing song :D I think if you like rock more you like shoegazing. Rookie is always like sitting right beside what I like, what is that? AHHH :D

  • bronny January 5th, 2013 12:33 AM

    SO GOOD

  • vanderpoop January 5th, 2013 1:14 AM

    no swervedriver…?

  • llamalina January 5th, 2013 1:39 AM

    i love this playlist! so dreamy. especially the verve and the cocteau twins <3

    http://llamalina.blogspot.com

  • stockton January 5th, 2013 2:08 AM

    sweet list

  • Pearl January 5th, 2013 8:45 AM

    Amazing playlist! So glad to be introduced to various artists across various genres. Thanks!
    http://www.pforpearl.blogspot.com

  • rosesinthepark January 5th, 2013 9:02 AM

    I love this playlist- I’m so glad slowdive is on here, and the Cocteau twins!

  • raftingstarlit January 5th, 2013 9:05 AM

    Anaheed: Could someone apply for making playlists here? Or introducing new bands/artists etc?

  • USEDuniverse January 5th, 2013 9:24 AM

    thanks – great list!!!

  • savsavlovesyou January 5th, 2013 10:45 AM

    Awesome playlist!
    Love the 2nd song(:
    #HeartIsStrange<3

  • sparklybandit January 5th, 2013 11:35 AM

    where is brian jonestown massacre?! their album methadrone is shoegaze to the t!

  • jennyackbar January 5th, 2013 12:26 PM

    The title of this playlist is backwards – its supposed to be “As Above, So Below” – bringing together the stars/heavens with our body/earth.

  • ABaoAQu January 5th, 2013 1:35 PM

    omg…thank you for sharing this…I’m a shoegazer and it’s very rare to find girls who understand the beauty of this songs…I <3 u rookie mag! : )

  • USEDuniverse January 5th, 2013 1:38 PM

    p.s. http://nothingbuthopeandpassion.bandcamp.com/album/nothing-but-synthgaze

  • Isabelle97 January 5th, 2013 1:41 PM

    I wasn’t really sure what this would be like, being new to the universe of shoe gazing, but I enjoyed this so much, thanks rookie <3

    • Isabelle97 January 5th, 2013 1:44 PM

      ps OMG THE BACKGROUND IS A SLEEPY BEAR!!! XD

  • SammyG January 5th, 2013 2:08 PM

    It would be super cool if you guys put your playlists on Spotify so we could listen to them on the go and stuff!

  • litchick January 5th, 2013 3:39 PM

    This is such a great playlist- I’d never heard any of the songs before, but I like them a lot!

  • cloudinthesky January 5th, 2013 5:14 PM

    I’m in love with this playlist!!!
    #5 omg!! <3
    This is simply my genre <3 <3 <3

  • Meagan F January 5th, 2013 6:01 PM

    Thanks everyone, glad you like the playlist <3 There's a TON of other wonderful bands in this genre and I encourage you to check them out if you're curious!

  • Roux January 6th, 2013 3:46 AM

    raaad

  • Yani January 6th, 2013 5:30 AM

    Minna is god

  • umyeahok January 6th, 2013 3:06 PM

    PERFECT LIST MEAGAN! PS I love your blog/style, on point bbgurl werq etc etc :)

    http://www.umyeahok.wordpress.com

  • momobaby January 6th, 2013 3:28 PM

    Most of the time, I don’t know like any of the songs on the Friday playlists, but they’re still perfect! I really like this one, and now I’m going to listen to them on youtube until I’m sick of them.

    http://littlerebellia.blogspot.com

  • natalie yo yo January 7th, 2013 3:21 AM

    :) HEY BABES THIS PHOTO THE PURPLE ONE OF THE WATER I TOOK IT HEY HEY CREDIT SOMEWHERE MAYBE PLS THANKS PEACE AND LOVE NATALIEKUCKEN.COM

    xx

    • Anaheed January 7th, 2013 6:36 AM

      Sorry — I don’t think the editor knew where it came from. I added a credit; thanks for the heads-up.

  • starpower January 7th, 2013 6:42 AM

    ace playlist! x

  • rockwrenroll January 7th, 2013 8:27 PM

    May I say: SHOEGAZE IS THE BEST, I’M SO HAPPY THIS IS HERE, YAY I just want to go outside and lay down and pretend I’m in a movie

  • ssundress January 7th, 2013 11:05 PM

    oh, beach house <3

  • phoebe louise January 8th, 2013 12:31 AM

    THE best genre of music! this is great

  • all-art-is-quite-useless January 10th, 2013 11:19 AM

    so glad this playlist is on Rookie… listening to shoegaze is like listening to the noise of dreams…

  • Sarah Jane January 10th, 2013 9:13 PM

    Love love love. NPR just had a show on shoe-gazers*. A shoe show. A show shoe. Gaze. Er. Really great, love the mix!

    http://audio.soundopinions.org/podcasts/sooppodshow371.mp3

    *That’s what that ^ is

  • victoria January 24th, 2013 8:54 AM

    i freakin love shoegaze
    and this is so great!
    thank you <3