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Eyedress
Sensitive G

Eyedress is that Philippines guy who made that really unusual anything went 'Shapeshifter' LP a couple of years ago where he mixed hip-hop, dream pop, funk and everything else in a big old pot. Following a ridiculously titled follow up in 'Manilla Ice' he is now back for a third solo offering on the Lex imprint. If the past is anything to go by expect lots of wooze, haze and musical magpie-ism.  
  • Label(s):
  • Lex
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Ethan Gold
Sway Lake

Ethan Gold releases this theme from the film The Song Of Sway Lake and invites some of the best singers around to interpret it. From the United States of America is John Grant who is no slouch vocal wise despite his neo-idiotic last couple of LPs. And on the flip are British duo the Staves with a honey voiced big band version. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
  • Soundtracks

Cigarettes After Sex
Crush

Here they are, the worst named band in the entire universe but one which has a rather palatable sound which will appeal to fans of Mazzy Star, Low and Galaxie 500. Here is a one off single following on from their much loved debut album with two tracks which have yet to see the light of day. Let's forget smoking after intercourse and just swoon to the sounds.   

whenyoung
Given Up EP

There once was a band called Whenyoung / Who left Limerick for London / With Cranberries covers and numerous others / They’ve now quite a reputation! With apologies to Whenyoung and the people of Limerick in general. The trio’s new single ‘Given Up’ goes for snappy and poignant alt-radio-rock with a winning chorus.

The xx
On Hold

It looks like The xx are at it again, ready to do to dance music all that they did to indie. The iron grip of Jamie xx tightens even more as the group moves to increasingly dancier territories, this time over a chopped Hall and Oates vocal. This tale of a relationship gone awry comes in a silver mirror sleeve so you can watch yourself ugly cry while listening to it.
  • Vinyl 7" (YT164)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kate Bush
The Dreaming

New editions of Catherine Bush’s fourth LP here courtesy of Parlophone. People weren’t sure what to make of The Dreaming when it came out - too uncommercial, they said. However, time has been kind to the record. The Dreaming is now regarded as an unsung gem of Bush’s catalogue and regularly appears in those 'Best Albums Of The 1980s' lists. Both Big Boi and Björk are fans, dontcha know.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Trentemøller / Various
Harbour Boat Trips Vol. 02 Copenhagen by Trentemøller

If you’ve ever visited the waterfronts of Copenhagen you’ve likely noticed the many, many harbour boat trips taking place. Apparently so has slick, leathery Danish DJ/composer Anders Trentemøller and therefore, here’s the second entry in his infrequent mix series named after the practice. You’ll find old obscure Danish pop songs, better-known non-Danish hits and a few surprises between.

Gregor
Silver Drop

Aussie youngster, Gregor, likes to make an eccentric brand of pop music. On his debut, Silver Drop he takes his cues from Talking Heads, Durutti Column and Arthur Russell. The lyrics are emotionally charged with Gregor having decided to lay himself open rather than hide behind what he thought would have been ineffectual metaphors. LP on Chapter Music.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Cowboy Flying Saucer / Magoo
Heavily Sedated NOW! / Sons And Daughters Of Disaster

After a seven year break, Magoo are back. This time they’re sharing a 7” with London band, Cowboy Flying Saucer. Magoo’s experimental DIY ethic with pop sensibilities saw them being picked up by Chemikal Underground Records in the late ‘90s before moving to pastures new. As a teaser for their first album in 7 years, Magoo offer up a a twisted slice of cosmic rock with 'Sons And Daughters Of Disaster' whilst Cowboy Flying Saucer contribute the motorik/arty/punky track 'Heavily Sedated NOW!' 7” on Sparrowhawk.

Samantha Glass
Nine Memories Between Impression & Imprint

Samantha Glass returns to Texan label HoloDeck (Dylan Cameron, Derek Rogers) with a new LP. Nine Memories Between Impression & Imprint is another collection of retro-futurist bedroom electronica from Glass. The overall impression of the record is that of a moth-eaten copy of an Italians Do It Better album. There are similarities with fellow HoloDeck artist Marie Davidson.

The Beta Band
Hot Shots II

Hot Shots II was the second album (not counting the 3 EPs) by The Beta Band. It was the follow-up to their self-titled debut which the band described as ‘shit’ before its release - an opinion still held by Steve Mason. Hot Shots II, then, was very much a return to form. Features the singles Squares and Broke.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

My Brightest Diamond
A Million and One

A Million And One is the seventh album by My Brightest Diamond AKA Shara Nova. It is a record she’s made for the city of Detroit, a city that holds a special place in her heart. Inspired by Stevie Wonder, The White Stripes, Carl Craig and Patti Smith, Nova has pulled in big-shot producer The Twilite Zone (Gorillaz, Common, Kanye West) and mixing engineer Andrew Scheps (Lana Del Rey, Adele, Red Hot Chilli Peppers) to strip back her layers to make instant impact. LP and CD on Rhyme and Reason Records.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Hippo Campus
Bambi

Poppy-type pop music from the likeable Hippo Campus here. Bambi, the Minnesota band’s sophomore LP, is one of those records that has a Mac Demarco thing going on. It’s also likely to be a huge hit, so best school yourself on it now so you can look cool to your mates when the band are headlining the next festival you’re at. Out via Transgressive.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Joe Kane / Radiophonic Tuckshop
Joe Kane / Radiophonic Tuckshop

A bit of Glaswegian retro-beat here on the charming Last Night From Glasgow imprint (L-Space, The Gracious Losers). Joe Kane has a gig playing in Beatles tribute bands, so it’s no surprise to find out that the strain of psychedelia that runs through this LP has a distinctly Sgt. Peppers flavour to it. There’s also a fair bit of Spiritualized to this thing.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Beach Fossils
Clash The Truth + Demos

Here we have a reissue of Clash The Truth, the second album by Brooklyn indie rock band, Beach Fossils. The album comes with a disc of demos that band leader Dustin Payseur made when initially conceiving the album. The album’s themes are based on Payseur’s childhood in the southern states and life as a young adult in New York. Pink coloured vinyl 2LP, limited to 1000 copies, on Bayonet.

The Good, The Bad & The Queen
Merrie Land

Well I'm excited. You may remember the 2007 The Good, the Bad and the Queen album as being the best thing Damon Albarn has ever been involved with so it's a thrill to see this follow up also featuring the band of Paul Simonen, Tony Allen and Simon Tong. You can bet your bottom pound note that Albarn has something to say on the fall out on Brexit and here, the band promise a muted, lustrous take on affairs which looks at what can be salvaged from the mess.     
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Pet Shop Boys
Very

The fifth LP from the Pet Shop Boys gets the reissue treatment through Parlophone. Very is way more vivacious than 1990’s autumnal Behaviour. A dance-pop album full of brash beats and soaring choruses, these songs show off the duo at their garish best. It ends with their cover of ‘Go West’, which this particular blurb writer absolutely loves but understands if you don’t feel the same way. As part of the re-release package the album has been remastered and the CD release comes with an extra set of B-sides, rarities and remixes.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kate Bush
Remastered Part I

Volume one of the Kate Bush Remastered CD box-set series features the first seven Kate Bush albums, from 1978’s The Kick Inside to 1993’s The Red Shoes, a time period that includes the super-classic Hounds of Love. Seven albums-worth of vintage Kate Bush material then, perfectly remastered. Box-set on Parlophone.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kate Bush
Remastered in Vinyl I

Volume one of the Kate Bush Remastered in Vinyl box-set series features those ground-breaking and still jaw-dropping first four albums, from 1978’s The Kick Inside to 1982’s The Dreaming. This vintage Kate Bush material has been buffed and polished through remastering, for the highest possible quality. On Parlophone.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Depeche Mode
Speak & Spell | The 12” Singles

Depeche Mode get into the reissues game in a novel way. Ever the innovators, the group have eschewed the typical remastered-LP-on-heavy-vinyl thing for a series of box sets celebrating their 12” singles. This one focuses on the three hits that were born out of their 1981 debut Speak & Spell. That means ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’, don’t you know! It also comes with a poster and a rare flexi-disc.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Depeche Mode
A Broken Frame | The 12” Singles

Depeche Mode were one of the first major acts to embrace the potential of the 12” single. During their heyday the group would drop luxurious vinyl releases of their hits, always with striking artwork and often featuring extended versions and remixes by the hottest producers. Now a selection of their best work comes remastered and reissued in this fetching box set. A Broken Frame also contains a poster.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

J Fernandez
Occasional Din

Joyful Noise Recordings (Chad VanGaalen, Swamp Dogg) drop an LP of pleasant jangle-fuzz from Chicago singer-songwriter J Fernandez. Occasional Din is an apt title for this record. From time to time things get loud, but as a general rule Fernandez is happy to allow his airy ditties to pootle along in a manner reminiscent of Mac Demarco and Ultimate Painting.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Invisible Minds
Make Up Your Own Stories

No-one's sure who the person behind Invisible Minds is, but that hasn’t stopped them spiking in popularity since the release of debut single ‘Yo Mae Leh’ at the back-end of 2017. Now Moshi Moshi have gone and snapped up their debut LP. Make Up Your Own Stories is a varied listen - some tracks are relatively straightforward indie-pop in the mould of new-era Tame Impala, but others like ‘905 Users!’ are wacky beat experiments ala Iglooghost or Daedelus.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Mumford & Sons
Delta

You know when a band is expected to shift a few units when the press release bangs on about the massive tour the band are about to embark on. In this case it’s the trust-fund Wurzels (thank you, Charlie Brooker) Mumford & Sons. Their new and fourth album filled with anthemic folk-rock is locked and loaded and ready to go. Produced by master polisher Paul Epworth whose production credits range from Adele to Friendly Fires to Thurston Moore. Lovely double LP and CD on Island. 

Choir Boy
Passive With Desire

Synth-pop! Passive With Desire, by Choir Boy, has the intimate lonely feel of bedroom DIY productions, though the detailed band arrangements and even live instrumentation(!) actually give it a broader scope, crossing in places into the feel of actual eighties hit pop. Heavy feels and light synth melodies: out on Dais.

HMS Morris
Inspirational Talks

HMS Morris are a Welsh band who blend the avant-garde with catchy melodies quite seamlessly. They take their influences from Syd Barrett along with trailblazing Welsh musical heroes, Gruff Rhys, Cate Le Bon and Gwenno. Inspirational Talks is their second album. Available on limited edition vinyl and CD on Bubblewrap.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Low Sea
Portals

Ireland-based duo, Low Sea continue their goth/coldwave/synth-pop explorations on Portals, their third release. This time, their music is lightened at the edges and there are themes of winning and losing, loneliness and elation. Once again they have called in the the talents of American producer Stephen Hague to mix the album’s closing track. Hague has worked with all sorts of ‘80s acts from Pet Shop Boys and The Communards to New Order and Erasure. LP pressed on Angel Delight coloured vinyl, limited to 300 copies on Tablets.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Last Shadow Puppets
Everything You've Come To Expect

The Last Shadow Puppets was what we thought a one off collaboration between Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) and Miles Kane but now they are back all grown up with a second album. While their debut was excellent piece of cinematic pop, lead single here "Bad Habits' is a growling piece of rawk. Early indications say 'expansive' - we'll see about that but in any case this will be much sought after, particularly the indies-only edition with a bonus 7".  

Kate Bush
Never For Ever

After a two year break, Kate Bush released her third album, Never For Ever in 1980. It hit the number one spot in the ol’ album charts and album spawned three hit singles - Babooshka, Army Dreamers and Breathing. She even got Roy Harper to sing backing vocals on the latter. Remastered LP and CD on Parlophone.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kate Bush
The Red Shoes

Kate Bush’s 1993 album The Red Shoes, newly remastered and reissued on CD and double LP formats. Inspired by a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and a 1948 film, this album, the last before Bush took a decade-plus long break, features a number of guest appearances, including Jeff Beck, Prince, and Lenny Henry. On Parlophone.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Cantaloupe
Error States

Lithe Nottingham electro-synthpop quartet Cantaloupe lost a couple of members to boring life stuff (jobs, babies, you know) following 2015’s well-received Zoetrope, so follow-up Error States is mainly the work of drummer Aaron Doyle and synther John Simson plus a host of guests, all of them apparently from bands with plurals for names. There’s Sophia Pettit (Night Flowers), Beck Goldsmith (Flourishes), James Finlay (Grey Hairs) and Angi Fletcher (Fists). Should the collective noun for musical collaborators be a cantaloupe?
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Little Dragon
Lover Chanting EP

Following their Ninja Tune collab with Canada’s BadBadNotGood, Gothenburg electronic music band Little Dragon hook up with the ol’ Tune once again for a new EP. This one’s about that greatest and most elemental of forces, the power of love (perhaps you’ve heard of it) and even features a clavinet. Lush and groovy dance music.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Beta Band
The Beta Band

The Beta Band’s eponymous debut LP turns twenty in 2019, so Because Music are preemptively reissuing the record. Though it wasn’t to everyone’s taste at the time it came out (including the band themselves), when heard now The Beta Band sounds ahead of the curve. The way these tracks run roughshod over the constraints of genre is sometimes good, sometimes less so, but certainly never dull. Its closest relatives are albums like Beck’s Odelay and The Avalanches' Since I Left You.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Sea Pinks
Rockpool Blue

Rockpool Blue is the seventh album from Belfast’s guitar poppers, Sea Pinks. The album’s theme centres on embracing the sadness that tinges realising you have become an adult despite not really knowing how you got there and then realising it’s not all that bad after all. LP on CF Records, limited to 250 copies.

Kiran Leonard
Western Culture

The prolific Kiran Leonard returns to Moshi Moshi with a new LP. Western Culture sees him striking a balance between the home-taped maximalism of Bowler Hat Soup and Grapefruit and the emotive chamber-pop that characterised the more recent Derevaun Seraun. The record is given more meat by being the first one that Leonard has recorded with his live band. Dirty Projectors and Cinematic Orchestra spring to mind.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Distance, Light & Sky
Gold Coast

Distance, Light & Sky features three excellent musicians from different areas of music, and the common ground they find together is wonderful to hear. Chantal Acda, whose voice has previously been heard atop Sleepingdog’s billowing drones, here has an Americana-melancholy to her lyrics and vocals, and with Eric Thielemans and Chris Eckman, all recording in the same room at the same time, they’ve created some fine-grained, heartfelt music here.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Liela Moss
My Name Is Safe In Your Mouth

It’s been a busy couple of years for Liela Moss. After releasing two records in as many years with main group The Duke Spirit, Moss keeps her foot on the gas by dropping her debut solo LP. My Name Is Safe In Your Mouth is an LP of stirring, folkish and vaguely psychedelic songcraft that will appeal to fans of Jane Weaver and Melody’s Echo Chamber.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Planningtorock
Powerhouse

Planningtorock are planningtorelease a new LP for the first time since 2014. Powerhouse finds the Berlin-based artist back on DFA Records and turning in ten pieces of stormy queer-pop. Single ‘Transome’ is a winning combination of How To Dress Well-style r&b and dinky dancehall synths. One of the tracks was co-produced by Planningtorock’s close friend Olof Dreijer (The Knife).
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  • DFA
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Smoking Trees
The Adventure Continues

On The Adventure Continues, Los Angeles’ The Smoking Trees (these days down to just a single smoking tree known as Sir Psych) continue their trippy adventure on the mouth-watering Burger Records. Expect relatively blazed, introspective and calm tunes all written, mixed and produced by the knight himself.

Papercuts
Parallel Universe Blues

Parallel Universe Blues is the 6th album by Papercuts, AKA singer/songwriter Jason Quever. Quever recently relocated from San Francisco to Los Angeles and the album’s lyrics are informed by this upheaval. Despite a longer break between albums than usual, Quever’s excellent songwriting and atmospheric production that recall’s bands such as The Velvet Underground, Spiritualised and Jesus and Mary Chain are both firmly in place. White vinyl LP or CD on Slumberland.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

SONOIO
Fine

A nine track release from SONOIO called Fine that draws together electronic sounds, synths and powerful vocals.. This one is available on CD, and two different versions of vinyl. The first being a limited edition, translucent green coloured vinyl LP and the other being your good old reliable black vinyl. Released on Dias. 

Eliza and the Bear
Group Therapy

A few years ago Eliza and the Bear seemed destined to be the next big thing. Things didn’t take off as their major label would have like so they were unceremoniously dropped. Their new album Group Therapy, was written during this upheaval and has served as the title suggests it would. Making it and writing about anxiety and depression has been a valuable cathartic exercise for them. LP and CD on Be-Known.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Dazzle Ships

It's a great time to be an Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark fan: forty years on from the group’s formation, four of their classic albums are getting reissues. 1983’s Dazzle Ships is a particular winner, as it veered dramatically away from chart-popping synth-pop and into some real tasty experimental territory: musique concrete and shortwave radio samples and the like. Unpopular at the time, but recognised as an underrated gem since then.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Reverse Family
My Songs About Life Mid Crisis

There's an air of flippancy about Reverse Family's latest full-length - My Songs About Life Mid Crisis; but actually, this is a well structured slab of funk-infused glam rock. Tracks such as 'Way It Goes' are driven by drunken guitar solos and lyrics that hardly appear sober, but the whole thing amounts to a very satisfying listen.
  • Vinyl LP (RF050)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Majetic
Club Dread

Justin Majetich has previously released on Winspear Records (The Lemon Twigs, The Pills) as CARE, but this LP sees him adopt a new moniker. The Majetic sound certainly alludes to club music on Club Dread, but these tracks are neither dancefloor fodder or the deconstructionism of someone like Ziur. Rather, what we have here are intersections of Perfume Genius/How To Dress Well-style queer pop and the freighted maximalism you sometimes find bolting out of the LuckyMe stable.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Part Time
Spell #6

Indiepop dreamer David Speck, better known as Part Time, treating us to his 6th album already. Wittily titled Spell #6, the record expounds on the man’s strong melancholic electronic pop sounds, reminding us of Ducktails, Washed Out, and Ariel Pink--the latter of which also making an appearance on the album’s first single I Can Treat You Better.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Various
Captured Tracks CT10: Volume 1

Captured Tracks have done a decent job of shaping the world in their own image over the past decade. Since launching in 2008 the Brooklyn label has tended to blow the winds of change in American indie rock by promoting artists such as Wild Nothing, Mac Demarco and DIIV. Those three and more appear on CT10: Volume 1, a cut-price sampler intended to hoover up any stray music lovers who’ve remained immune to the CT charm thus far.

Various
Captured Tracks CT10: Volume 2

A decade of Captured Tracks, eh. What kind of world would we be living in if the Brooklyn label hadn’t risen to the top of the indie-rock pile since launching back in 2008? Would Mac Demarco still be eating his own shoes, cartoon-hobo style, in a Tribeca loft rather than cooing politely for huge crowds of dope-fugged Millennials? Would Meredith Graves be sewing up dresses rather than flying high at Kickstarter? Would we have had to deal with DIIV? Who knows. What we do know is that the second volume of their 10th-anniversary sampler CT10 is very reasonably priced.

In Mirrors
Escape From Berlin

The press release for Escape From Berlin, a new record that is something or other to do with Johnny Jewel and his friend Jesse Taylor, asks us to imagine ‘Phillip Glass [sic] playing chess with William Burroughs while Klaus Schulze slaves over a droning synthesizer in the corner.’ No thanks. At least the Schulze thing is accurate. In Mirrors will satisfy those who still haven’t had enough of John Carpenter’s music despite seemingly every third record released in 2018 being something to do with the Halloween franchise.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Empress Of
Us

The much-hyped Empress Of comes through with the follow-up to her 2015 debut LP. Back then it was all about Me, but now the one born Lorely Rodriguez is more concerned with Us. This is another album of lush pop that blurs the lineages of r&b and queer pop. Anyone who felt that recent Blood Orange album should cop this. Out via Terrible Records.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Soft Cell
Northern Lights / Guilty (Cos I Say You Are)

They are back back back folks: Marc Almond’s classic synth-pop concern Soft Cell, presenting their first new material since the heady days of 2002. Although apparently this is a bit of a farewell release too… Northern Lights doffs a cap to the Northern Soul sound, which had a key influence on the Cell. 7” single from Mercury.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Soap&Skin
From Gas to Solid / you are my friend

Third album from inexplicable Austrian chart topper Soap&Skin. I say inexplicable not because the music is bad, far from it, but because this is clearly not 'pop' music. From Gas to Solid / you are my friend is an album of sparse gothic beauty, which explores Anja Plaschg's sense of self as she is she encounters parenthood and the album cycle. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Peter, Bjorn and John
Darker Days

Peter, Bjorn and John, who are a fully-fledged real band and not just a holding company for advertising royalties from ‘that’ song, present their eighth full-length album, Darker Days. The title is appropriate, as the three singer-songwriters each took on the theme of darkness when writing their respective material, lending their beautiful music a certain undercurrent. Released by Ingrid.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

audiobooks
Now (in a minute)!

21-year old artist Evangeline Ling and long running singular producer David Wrench team together for the unlikely and hard-to-Google duo audiobooks. Now (in a Minute)! is their debut album, and consists of Ling’s short stories and dreamy vocals, set to Wrench’s strange beats and soundscapes.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Malka Spigel
Rosh Ballata

Malka Spigen! She was a member of Minimal Compact until they split up in 1988, but in 1993 she made something remarkable: the Rosh Ballata album. This is a set of music that is simultaneously happy-days nineties pop, experimental international trip-hop, and much more besides. Features contributions from Colin Newman and Anton Shammas. Reissued by Swim.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Meggie Brown
10/ 6

7" single from London based newcomer Meggie Brown. Having already received the backing of some of the Scottish indie scene's best and brightest, the album was produced by Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos at Edwyn Collins' studio, it's about time her incendiary indie rock caught a few more people's attention.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Felt
Poem Of The River

For anyone that thinks all the best Felt stuff came in the first part of their career you need to hear Poem of the River. This is a glorious low key album full of glistening guitars and Lawrence's whispered vocals. Six lovely songs including career highlights Stained Glass Windows in the Sky and Dark Red Birds. Utterly essential.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Felt
Train Above The City

Possibly one of the strangest albums ever made in that Felt leader Lawrence is nowhere to be seen and instead of their usual arty indie-pop you get an album of jazzy instrumentals composed by keyboardist Martin Duffy and drummer Gary Ainge. Musically it bears no resemblance to anything else they've ever done but still fits in with Felt's ethic of being....just a bit different from other indie bands of the era. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Hintermass
The Apple Tree

Hintermass is the duo project of The Advisory Circle’s Jon Brooks and Tim Felton of Broadcast. In appropriate Ghost Box style, they slink around they combine sweet melodic song with uncanny electronic touches: komische was a particularly strong influence here. The Apple Tree, their first album in 5 years, is out on Ghost Box.

Benjamin Schoos feat. Dent May & Laetitia Sadier
All Night Every Night / Je Ne Vois Que Vous

Never too early to start fending off the winter blues, eh? Belgium’s Freaksville label boss and dashing crooner Benjamin Schoos’ new song ‘All Night Every Night’, where are found his first all-English lyrics, is packed with enough sappy sunshine to see you at least as far as Chrimbo. Dent May graces the title song with his presence while Laetitia Sadier features on the flip.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Proper Ornaments
Foxhole

One of them is in Ultimate Painting and Veronica Falls, another is in Toy and Pink Flames. Thus have we Foxhole, a record that abounds in sweet harmonies, clever songwriting and jangles galore that was put together between bouts of work with their other projects. Lead track ‘Memories’ is Lennon-pastiche par excellence. Vinyl and CD from perennially-good Tough Love (Let’s Wrestle, Cymbals Eat Guitars etc.).

Still Corners
Strange Pleasures

The sophomore LP from Still Corners is their light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel record. Where 2010 debut Creatures Of An Hour was conceived in a post-breakup fug, Strange Pleasures turns the corner and stumbles on a vista of great beauty. This is highly evocative hypnagogic dream-pop that blends Haruomi Hosono, Real Estate and Cocteau Twins to glorious effect.

Say Lou Lou
Immortelle

Sister act Say Lou Lou drop their sophomore full-length. Immortelle is a polished collection of synth-pop that, with the right marketing, will turn this pair of Elektra and Miranda Kilbey into big stars before long. There’s a bit of a Saint Etienne-ish quality to cuts like ‘Golden Child’, what with their penchant for sighing strings and gentle ye-ye beats. Quite a bit of Roisin Murphy in here too.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Keiron Phelan
Peace Signs

Kieron Phelan (of State River Widening, Smile Down Upon Us and Littlebow) recorded this cosy album with Brona McVittie, Oliver Cherer and numerous others with Ian Button and Giles Barrett at the mixing desk. Lyrical themes include wayward Japanese satellite Hitomi (charmingly personified as ‘Satellite Hitori’), Scandi-noir literature, Late Middle Ages poet Geoffrey Chaucer and hippies.
  • CD (GDNCD027)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Sandro Perri
In Another Life

Sandro Perri's newest record sees the avant-folk musician bringing in new aesthetics previously explored in his electronic project Off World. Utilising gorgeous guitar meanderings alongside creaking, squelching, zapping synths, he offers a twenty-plus minute track made with the aim of sounding "infinite". Verse after verse after verse, it sounds newly pretty; the second side of the record sees Perri improvise lyrics over a serene musical ballad in "Everybody's Paris", which is then reinterpreted by Destroyer's Dan Bejar and the Deadly Snakes' André Ethier. A fascinating u-turn.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Baxter Dury, Étienne de Crécy, Delilah Holliday
B.E.D

Three-way pile-up collaboration between Dury-the-younger Baxter Dury, Delilah Holiday of the scratchy punk group Skinny Girl Diet, and Etienne De Crecy, a French dance music maker. How do these three overlap you might wonder? Well, debut release B.E.D will show you: with direct and emotional power. Released by Heavenly.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Django Django
Winter's Beach

At the start of 2018, London art-rockers Django Django released their third album, Marble Skies. By that time however, they were so consumed by inspiration that they were already in the studio working on some spiffy new tunes. The result of those sessions was Winter’s Beach, a six track EP. 12” and CD on Because Music.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Neneh Cherry
Broken Politics

Neneh Cherry produced by Four Tet: what a contemporary dream team eh? Broken Politics is an album that engages with the dark nonsense-scape we live in, with Neneh’s lyrics and vocal delivery packing a smart punch. Broken Politics, which also features 3D from Massive Attack, is released by Smalltown Supersound.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Tamino
Amir

Tamino is a half-Belgian, half-Egyptian musician who could well do very big things. He has a voice that most people would kill for and makes music akin to that of Jeff Buckley or Radiohead’s more melancholy moments. His new album is Amir and this description writer believes that he will be making many people weak at the knees. LP and CD on Communion.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lights On Moscow
Aorta Songs - Part 1

Lights on Moscow is a project with its routes in the cities of New York and Newcastle (nevertheless: Moscow!), formed by a member of Lanterns On The Lake and a member of Editors and Minor Victories. Aorta Songs - Part 1 is their four track EP, made up of material that the pair have been brewing on for just the right amount of time. On Physical Education Recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

FARAO
Pure-O

Scandinavia has long been a rich source of inventive, soul-scouring, corrosively dark yet complex pop; here's Farao with her sophomore LP 'Pure-O' to continue the tradition. The new record is themed around those old cousins beauty and destructiveness and plays out their course throughout our human relationships. Farao uses a tactile and organic palette to bridge the gap between humanity and the inorganic. This is going to be emotional, I can sense it. Coming at you soon via Western Vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Matthew Dear
Bunny

Dear Matthew, thanks for releasing a new album. I don't know what it sounds like yet. I'm told that it's kinda moody and ominous which would certainly offset the fact that it's named Bunny, because rabbits are incredibly cute. I've also heard that Tegan and Sara feature on a track, which is easily the best news I've had all year. I'm sure this record will speak to your need to make a myriad different sounds all the time and in good avant-pop ways. Thanks XOX Norman.

El Deux + Martin Kraft
Nur Fur Madchen

Swiss duo El Deux (Gutze Gautschi and Steno Onetz of Frische Farbe) hooked up with Swiss solo Martin Kraft in 1981 and made this album. Bad luck if you don’t identify as female, because this one’s Nur Für Mädchen. The 1980s crate-diggers over at Dark Entries Records have exhumed the old Deutsche new wave-esque synthpop sparkler and thrown in an additional song for good measure.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Spirit Fest
Anohito

It’s what Spirit Fest (Tenniscoats’ Saya & Takashi Ueno, Markus Acher and Cico Beck (The Notwist and others) did next. The supergroup’s second album Anohito is a sweet and engrossing indie charmer, plodding along with affectionate vocals, trickling guitarverb and melancholy motifs aplenty.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Novo Amor
Birthplace

Welsh singer-songwriter Ali Meredith-Lacey aka Novo Amor came up in the post-’Skinny Love’ boom of the early 2010s. While his voice has plenty of the Bon Iver’s about it, his music has maintained an earthier feeling than the Kid A-ish tangents that Justin Vernon has gone off on recently. His latest record Birthplace anchors spare vocals in a pretty contemporary folk style that also has a little Sigur Ros about it. Ali’s clearly quite the environmentalist - these LPs are made from recycled vinyl, and the video for the eponymous first single depicts a diver floating through a devastated ocean reef. Can’t knock him for trying. Out via AllPoints (James Vincent McMorrow, Ciaran Lavery).
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop


Forever Neverland

Forever Neverland is the second album by MØ, it comes four years after her debut, No Mythologies To Follow. The Danish singer, who is 30 - a fact that the press release deems important, has collaborated with several artists on the album to aid her pop/indie/electronic ways. These include American DJ and producer, Diplo and singer Charli XCX. LP and CD on Chess Club.
  • Artist(s):
  • M&O
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

How To Dress Well
The Anteroom

We all can laugh now at how much I hated the last How to Dress Well album but maybe Tom Krell hated it too as he's followed it up with one long piece of psychedelic music that taps into the long forgotten experimental core of his band. This could be the best or worst thing you hear all year but at least he's left that boyband stuff back in 2016.    
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

My Baby
MOUNAIKI ~ By the Bright of Night

My Baby are a band from New Zealand and also from Holland, and they are presently releasing their fourth album., which is a kind of concept album with a full narrative about a character named Mounaiki. The story gives the band an excuse to dabble in 20’s, 30’s and 40’s genres, on top of their usual funk-folk, psych-blues sound-brew. Out on Prehistoric Rhythm Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Indi
Precipice

Captain, we have multiple Björk comparisons incoming! Yes, this be New Zealand’s Indira Force aka Indi readying Precipice, her debut album of eerie, folk-tinged electro-pop for veteran label Flying Nun Records. Unsettling and elegant imagery runs through these tunes, whose skittering electronic rhythms and soaked strings create a glistening, intimate texture.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Comet Gain
Fingerprint Ritual

Comet Gain return and pour us a shot of twee with Fingerprint Ritual, an EP of four new tracks, including the overwrought epic "Breaking Open The Head Part 2 (The Eye-Shaped Room)", which runs at eleven minutes and continues the narrative weaved in the song's first part. Beyond that there's fuzz, laughs, tears and plenty of your favourite DIY nonsense.

Calvin Johnson
A Wonderful Beast

Calvin Johnson, the man behind Olympia’s indie heroes Beat Happening and the label K Records has a new solo album out and it’s called A Wonderful Beast. It was recorded in Nashville and  produced by Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney. In a curveball-ish move by Johnson, it also features one-time pop princess Michelle Branch on backing vocals. LP and CD on K records.

The Housemartins
London 0 Hull 4

London 0 Hull 4 was the debut album by The Housemartins. It was originally released in 1986 and was where it all began for vocalist Paul Heaton and bass player Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim. Their mix of jangly guitar pop and thoughtful ballads saw singles such as Flag Day, Sheep and Think For A Minute flirt with the top 40 and Happy Hour reach a dizzying no.3. But that was back when people cared about the charts I guess. 180g vinyl reissue on Universal.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Christine and The Queens
Chaleur Humaine (UK Edition)

Christine, with the support of her Queens, is making big splashes in France: she’s scarcely left their top 40 charts for years. What’s well cool is that she’s managed this great success without compromising the more unusual parts of her sound and style. On Chaleur Humaine, productions are frequently minimal, and always cool. Released in the UK by Because Music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Sarah Nixey
Night Walks

Nighthawk and vocalist for Black Box Recorder Sarah Nixey’s third album is finally here. Night Walks caters right to those of us who need that sophisticated pop sound, loaded with electronics and very catchy. Nixey's voice covers the entire range from a suave whisper to ecstatic soprano high notes. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Beach House
7

Beach House get to the stage in their career where they name the album after how many records they have released. So 7 is their 7th record and shows a bit of a creative rebirth for a band who never seem to stop. They had a more fluid way of working with this one which has taken them into new areas particularly as they were helped along the way by Pete Kember (Sonic Boom).  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Connan Mockasin
Jassbusters

God help us all, he's back. Popular hedonist Connan Mockasin has probably been sleeping in his pillow fort for the last couple of years but he returns with more ineffable R&B tinged indie rock. Jassbusters is his third record and is apparently the prologue to a five-part film he's making, esoterically soundtracking this thing we don't yet know about. If you like Connan, you're probably fine without the context.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Jerry Paper
Like A Baby

Of course it's not his real name. Jerry Paper is the alter ego of LA based songwriter and multi instrumentalist Lucas Nathan. This is his first record for Stones Trow following on from previous records on smaller imprints. It's lo-fi soul pop was co-produced by Matty Tavares (BadBadNotGood) and guest stars Weyes Blood and Alex Brettin (Mild High Club). 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Miss World
Keeping Up With Miss World

Shit Girlfriend’s Natalie Chahal adopts the excellent moniker Miss World for her new project. Debut LP Keeping Up With Miss World finds Chahal turning in a baker’s dozen of brisk, brusque grunge-punk tunes as funny as they are catchy. ‘Carb Yr Enthusiasm’, ‘Buy Me Dinner’, ‘(U Watch My) Stories (But U Don’t Like My Posts)’ - this LP’s worth it for the song titles alone. Out via PNKSLM (Thee MVPs, Spice Boys).

Parcels
Parcels

A further addition to the 'call your band literally anything' brigade is this hot young group from Australia who have since moved to ...oooh...let's guess....Berlin! They've already had a staggering 90 million streams across various platforms which I'm sure means something to someone out there. Be interesting to see how these Daft Punk collaborating disco pop lot get on in the real world.  

Birdpen
There’s Something Wrong With Everything

There’s Something Wrong With Everything by Birdpen is perhaps not the doom-laden title it initially appears to be. Whilst they do lament the state of the world that is piped into our living rooms via the TV, they suggest that you do something to find the positives and get out of the endless cycle of negativity because nothing’s perfect, there’s always something wrong with everything. LP and CD on Fintage House.

OMD
History of Modern

This was OMD's 2010 album and at the time it was their first since 1996. It was described by ever confident leader Andy McCluskey as being their best since Architecture and Morality; he was, of course, talking utter piffle. This isn't better than Dazzle Ships by any stretch but it was good to have them back. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Dubstar
One

Dubstar are still going. I assumed that they were one of those ‘90s bands who had a big hit, int their case, Stars, and split. It turns out that they merely faded from view. They’re back as a streamlined two-piece with One, their first new album in 18 years. It was produced by Flood and apparently contains more guitar and more industrial sounds than their previous dance-meets-dream-pop efforts. LP and CD on Autonomy.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Jaakko Eino Kalevi
Out Of Touch

Fed up with today’s boring dystopia of perpetual connectivity and online networking? So is Helsinki tram driver-turned-cheerful-songwriter Jaakko Eino Kalevi. On new album Out of Touch, where vintage-sounding Finnish synthpop meets more modern influences, he embraces the joys of simply logging off for a while - among other things.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Los Campesinos
We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed

Ah, Los Campesinos!. Early birds of the 2000s NME heartbreak-tweecore indie scene, their success with university freshers up and down the country was all but sealed. 2008’s We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, albeit a subradar piece knocked out half a year after the previous album, contained many a fan hit of its own, especially the title track.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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