Shoegaze inspired music has never been as popular as it is at the moment. Bands of the past such as My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus and Mary Chain are revered with an almost fanatical following, while the influence of the movement can be heard in the music currently produced by Maps and Deerhunter. Not bad for a genre that started out as an insult.
One band that could be classified as 'nu-gaze' are the Los Angeles based group Letting Up Despite Great Faults. Their song 'Teenage Tide,' taken from their "Paper Crush E.P", is a bittersweet wall-of-sound barrage, that mixes the production value of M83 with the melodic songcraft of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Oh, to be young and in love (or alternatively, to be even younger and more in love)
The "Paper Crush E.P" is available now in America, and will be available from September 26th in Europe. Until then, "Teenage Tide" is available to download.