Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Charly Bliss
Young Enough

Brooklyn four-piece, Charly Bliss, seem to have polished their act a little since their mid-fi debut, Guppy. It was a record that recalled ‘90s Boston band Letters To Cleo but with analogue electronics. On new long-player Young Enough, the melodies are similar but the sound is more polished. LP and CD on Lucky Number.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Rosie Lowe
YU

Second studio album from British star Rosie Lowe, who almost perfectly defines the distinctly squidgy term ‘indietronica’. YU, arriving three years after her debut Control, sees her back with producer Dave Okumu and calling in favours from all manner of collaborators from electronica to jazz - Floating Points and The Comet Is Coming’s Shabaka Hutchings, to name just a couple. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

TV On The Radio
Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

Remember the first time you heard ‘Staring At The Sun’? Feels good doesn't it. You know, you can live the experience of listening to Pitchfork’s 41st-best song of the 2000s all over again if you want. The way to do that is by copping ‘Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes’, the 2004 debut LP by TV On The Radio. On this record ‘Staring At The Sun’ is just one of many bluesy, fuzzy, ‘OK Computer’-y things served up by Tunde Adebimpe, Dave Sitek and the rest.

Olivia Neutron-John
Olivia Neutron-John

Olivia Neutron-John - and what a name that is - finally drops a new LP. Coming a full five years after the lo-fi extravaganzas of INJURY TRAIN AND I'M NEVER GETTING OFF IT b/w VULNERABILITY, this eponymous record is another set of voyages in electronic post-punk and minimal synth. There’s a bit of a psychedelic flavour to tracks like ‘March’ too. Olivia Neutron-John is out via Sister Polygon (Priests, Downtown Boys).
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kitty Kat Fan Club
Dreamy Little You

Cute story. Former Skankin' Pickle guy Mike Park missed hanging out with a band who all lived in the same place so he put together Kitty Kat Fan Club to play indie-pop and hag out. What could be better? The music sounds pretty sweet too, indie/twee pop with nods to Belle & Sebastien, the Pastels, Alvvays etc.    
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Von Spar
Under Pressure

Groovy neo-krautrock constellation Von Spar emerge from their Dumbo Studio in Cologne with the likes of Christopher “Marker Starling” Cummings, Stereolab’s Lætitia Sadier, Vivien Goldman of The Flying Lizards, R. Stevie Moore and Eiko Ishibashi. The vibe of Under Pressure can perhaps best be summed up by the lyric “Should I be worried?”
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Oliver Cherer
I Feel Nothing Most Days

Londoner Oliver Cherer is prolific. For the last few years he’s clocked up more than an album a year, either under his own name or as Dollboy or Gilroy Mere. The songs on his latest album, I Feel Nothing Most Days, date back to 1983, and were inspired by Ben Watt, Robert Wyatt and The Durutti Column. The discovery the songs on some old cassettes coupled with the fact that he found himself in possession of one of Vini Rielly’s guitars motivated him to finish the songs. LP on Second Language.

Claude Fontaine
Claude Fontaine

Claude Fontaine - a woman who sounds like her parents used a ‘French names’ bot to generate her birth certificate - clearly loves Jamaican music. She seems to be particularly partial to the golden-age rocksteady, ska and reggae of early Trojan and Studio One. In fact, she’s so enthralled with the scene that she’s made sure her eponymous debut LP sounds like it was cut several decades ago. Over saturated riddims Fontaine coos in a breathy voice that recalls Jane Birkin. All of this makes for an extremely chic listen.

Ioanna Gika
Thalassa

IO Echo’s Ioanna Gika drops her debut solo LP via Sargent House (Dylan Carson, Chelsea Wolfe). Thalassa is a record of forceful and stirring art-pop that nods to Perfume Genius, Oneohtrix Point Never and Robyn. Gika’s voice, at once both piercing and breathy, dovetails excellently with Thalassa’s broiling synth-pop instrumentals.

Art Of Noise
In No Sense? Nonsense!

In No Sense? Nonsense! by Art Of Noise was the band's third album and released in 1987. By this time the band were a duo of Anne Dudley, the only constant member, and J.J. Jeczalik with Paul Morley, Trevor Horn and Gary Langan having left. The band were influential on the world of electronic music. 'Ransom In The Sand'  was sampled by Leftfield on the track 'Melt' from Leftism. On Music On Vinyl.
  • Vinyl Double LP (MOVLP2380C)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Various
Plastic Dance 1

Andy Votel and Doug Shipton have decided to pool their collective expertise to produce a new series of Plastic Dance compilations, This, the first, is jammed to the gills with sharp and funky electro-jams and arty punk types: I am literally dancing in my chair as I write this. On Finders Keepers / Cache Cache.

Barrie
Happy To Be Here

A nocturnal and modern take on classic pop sounds, Happy To Be Here is the debut album from New York-based singer and songwriter Barrie Lindsay. Recording under her first name and backed by her four-strong band of collaborators, it was drawn together gradually over years of globetrotting and internet communication. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

ALASKALASKA
The Dots

Marathon Artists (Pond, Courtney Barnett) front the debut LP from ALASKALASKA here. The Dots is a peppy first salvo from the group, a record of perky leftfield electro-pop numbers that nods to Fever Ray, Fujiya & Miyagi and fellow south Londoners Hot Chip. Best to get a copy of The Dots and learn the words so you can be in the know come festival season.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Beths
Future Me Hates Me

Carpark Records (Cloud Nothings, Toro Y Moi) present some fuzzy niceness from Kiwi quartet The Beths. Future Me Hates Me is a peppy synthesis of OG twee-grungers like The Lemonheads with the shy coyness found in the more recent fare of Yuck and Mitski. Nice harmonies, nice melodies, and the fact that the four members all have jazz chops ensures a higher level of musicianship that one usually finds on these sort of LPs.

Studio Mule
BGM

‘But I thought Studio Mule was just a label?’ we hear you cry. You’re right, but now the Japanese imprint has added an in-house band to its arsenal. On BGM label head Toshiya Kawasaki has assembled a crackpot team to help him reinterpret tracks from artists like Yellow Magic Orchestra and Burt Bacharach (though the version of Bacharach’s ‘The April Fools’ here draws more on the Yukihiro Takahashi cover) in a dreamy Balearic/City Pop style. Dip In The Pool’s Miyako Koda provides vocals on two songs.

Yazoo
You and Me Both

You And Me Both by Yazoo is the epitome of the difficult second album. Vince Clarke didn’t want to make it and Alison Moyet was struggling with the fame their debut album brought. Clarke and Moyet recorded their parts separately. Whilst is may not have the earworming hooks of Upstairs At Eric’s, singles such as Nobody’s Diary showed that the essence of Yazoo was still very much intact. It was, however, their last album. Vince Clarke formed The Assembly with Mute label boss Daniel Miller before having massive success with Erasure. Alison Moyet went on to record the hit pop albums Alf and Raindancing.
  • Label(s):
  • BMG
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Jo Schornikow
Secret Weapon

Jo Schornikow, who's found success as the keyboard player in Phosphorescent, is back on her own with Secret Weapon. She plays a vivid and intimate country music that is rich beyond measure. The title refers to her years helping support other people's visions, but finally she has stepped out on her own. On Keeled Scales.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Stealing Sheep
Big Wows

Stealing Sheep’s first foot on the ladder was a mini tour with Field Music. Since then they’ve gone from strength to strength with their music becoming more fleshed out with every album. Their latest, Big Wows, is no exception. Bright bold pop is infused with dance floor rhythms and ethereal qualities. A bunch of different producers shaped their sound from their experiences behind the desk for the likes of Metronomy, Christine and The Queens and Years & Years. LP and CD on Heavenly.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Sequoyah Murray
Penalties Of Love

Penalties of Love is the debut mini-album release from the frighteningly talented instrumentalist and singer Sequoyah Murray. Consisting of four tracks and largely self-produced (with the assistance of James Ginzburg and David Corney) it shows the 22 year old to be a purveyor of mature and modern R&B. 

James Blake
Assume Form

Have you heard? Music is a secret. Release announced on the week the CD comes out with the vinyl coming 'some time in the future', you have to remember that this is a James Blake record not some kind of secret government experiment. Anyway the crybaby songster (we say that simply because it pisses him off so much) has a new record out which you can listen to and buy (maybe).    

Yazoo
Upstairs At Eric's

Upstairs At Eric’s was the debut album by pop duo, Yazoo. The band featured ex-Depeche Mode synth guy Vince Clarke and singer Alison Moyet, very much the Adele of her day. The album included the hits Only You and Don’t Go. The duo made one more album before Vince Clarke formed Erasure with Andy Bell and Alison Moyet embarked on a successful solo career. This album  was originally released in 1982. Their influence has rumbled through the world of pop ever since.
  • Label(s):
  • BMG
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Roisin Murphy
Overpowered

Overpowered (2007) was the second album by ex-Moloko singer Roisin Murphy. Murphy set out to make a pop/disco album and she succeeded. She took influence from the pre-house sounds of D-Train, Mantronix and Gwen Guthrie, whilst being inspired by the cerebral pop of Yazoo and Eurythmics. Jimmy Douglass, Bugz In The Attic and Richard X all helped to make the album what it is.

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Organisation

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark celebrate their forty year anniversary with some reissues of their earliest material. Organisation is their second album, released in 1980, and it mixes their love for Kraftwerk (obliquely referenced in the album title) and Joy Division for some splendid moody grandeur. Reissue from Universal.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Reptaliens
Vails

Reptaliens are influenced by sci-fi literature and art - their second album Valis takes its name from a Philip K. Dick novel. Their music takes its cues from the spacey weirdness of Todd Rundgren, the experimental lounge jazz of Gary Wilson and the comforting sounds of Broadcast.  After starting as a duo with no aspirations other than to please themselves, members were added and they became a band, hitting the road with STRFKR, Cults and Of Montreal. On Captured Tracks.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lamb
The Secret of Letting Go

Manchester trip-hop/electronic duo Lamb come back into life on Cooking Vinyl. The Secret Of Letting Go is their new album. It was, weirdly, conceived as the band decided to split. The recording took them from their South Downs studio to India and Ibiza. Oh, I get it now, a new album meant a holiday! Anyway, you can get this on LP and CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Prince
Ultimate Rave

The Legacy label live up to their name with this amazing package of 2 CDs and a DVD which hold the last two full lengths Prince released under his symbol moniker, Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic and the remix album Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic. In addition you get a live DVD of his live incredible concert at Paisley Park.

Bear's Den
So that you might hear me

Look, I don’t make the rules. I can’t do anything about this. It’s beyond my control - the Folkpocalypse, that is. Mumford & Sons, Frank Turner, Johnny Flynn - out of my hands. Sorry. When I tell you that So that you might hear me, the third LP from the plum-throated men known collectively as Bear’s Den, will be one of the biggest records of 2019 - well, let’s just say I’m more of an observer at this particular feast. Why is the first word of So that you might hear me capitalised but not the others? Why, if we’re then to conclude that the title is a sentence, is there no full stop at the end of it? Why is it like this now?
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Billie Marten
Feeding Seahorses By Hand

Ripon's finest sweet voiced folk singer returns with her second album. Isabella Sophie Tweddle  - for that is her real name - made waves with her earlier more sensibly titled album Writing of Blues and Yellows which could have easily garnered comparisons to Laura Veirs. This time she's stripped it back to a more lo-fi sound. Could be interesting.   

Mammoth Penguins
There Is No Fight We Can’t Both Win

Indie pop and power aren’t words you usually find in the same sentence when describing a band, but when describing Mammoth Penguins you do. Sure enough, Emma Kupa’s vocals and guitar fit the indie-pop aesthetic, but the power generated by her rhythm section means that altogether they create quite a racket. There Is No Fight We Both Can't Win is their new album. LP and CD on Fika.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Hit Parade
Joey’s Girl / I’m Recovering From You

Beloved indie outfit The Hit Parade made a splash for Record Store Day 2019 with the release of their fourteenth single. Retaining their trademark shimmery 80s style, ‘Joey’s Girl’ imagines Johnny Ramone’s inner monologue, detailing the messy love triangle between Johnny and Joey Ramone and Joey’s girlfriend. Limited run of only 1000 so get ‘em while they’re hot.
  • Vinyl 7" (JSH14)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Label(s):
  • JSH
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Madonnatron & Meatraffle
Bella Ciao / Brigante Se Mor

Split from two of the finest Italy-adjacent gnarl-rock bands around! Madonnatron turn in a cool and bouncy number with those nice airy vocals, while Meatraffle give it some crunch and some low end. Not recommended for those who dislike having a fun time. Split double A-side 7” single released by Trashmouth Records.
  • Vinyl 7" (TMR3S)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

My Autumn Empire
Oh, Leaking Universe

July Skies/epic45 member Benjamin Holton drops a solo LP under the guise of My Autumn Empire. Anyone who’s copped an earful of previous MAE LPs will be expecting plenty of lush, folky acoustic guitar on Oh, Leaking Universe. They won't be disappointed, but they should also be aware that Holton’s chucked some electronics into the mix this time. The addition of synths and drum machines give tracks like ‘Frost On My Shoes’ a bit of a The War On Drugs feel.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Jay-Jay Johanson
Kings Cross

Produced with former Cocteau Twins star Robin Guthrie, Kings Cross is the 12th album from veteran Swedish singer Jay-Jay Johanson. Unsurprisingly for an artist more than two decades into his career, it cleaves very closely to the widescreen, filtered trip-hop ambience that’s earned him a devoted cult fanbase. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Heather Woods Broderick
Invitation

Heather Woods Broderick played in Sharon Van Etten’s band. Now she’s going solo. Her new LP, Invitation, was recorded on the Oregon coast. It would seem that the huge rock formations and towering pine trees tempered by the miles of desolate beaches, and the silvering driftwood have informed the ebb and flow of this album. If you’re a fan of Sharon Van Etten, Weyes Blood, Julia Holter, Julianna Barwick or Marissa Nadler, then you should check this out. LP and CD on Western Vinyl.

NAKED
Youth Mode

Straight from the stables of LuckyMe’s finest, Edinburgers NAKED are releasing their debut. Supposedly, Youth Mode deals with the problems we all face on a daily basis: anonymity in crowds and the limits of online interaction, all set to dreamy melodies from guitar and vox. Meanwhile, expect cold and stark beats in contrast. Think the XX and FKA Twigs.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Nouvelle Vague
Curiosities

Nouvelle Vague are famous for making electronic versions of punk and new wave classics. Over the past 15 years, a few of those covers have remained unreleased. Curiosities gathers them all together in one place. The most interesting songs on here are The Gun Club’s Sex Beat, Richard Hell & The Voidoids’ Blank Generation and Suicide’s Ghost Rider. On Kwaidan Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

World Brain
Peer To Peer

Remember when the internet, facilitated by the gaudy warblings of dial-up tones and the grey, aliased angles of Windows 95, was a mysterious new resource with untapped and untold possibilities? World Brain (one Lucas Ufo, also of Berlin popsperimenters Fenster) remembers, and here’s his charming take on the subject. Despite the optimistic nineties context, the style is largely eighties wave/pop/indie.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Modest Mouse
Too Many Fiestas for Reuben / Cowboy Dan

As a reminder of just how weird and wonderful the Modest Mouse universe was in its early days -- in its scratchy guitar tones, as well as in Isaac Brock's unhinged voice -- Glacial Pace and Fat Possum are reissuing their primitive classics, along with a little helping of 7" to sweeten the deal. The 7" that accompanies the reissue of 'The Lonesome Crowded West' features a take on "Cowboy Dan" taht invovles Mr. Beat Happening (aka Calvin Johnson), as well as a B-side from the record, "Too Many Fiestas for Rueben". A lovely little origin story and a must have for indie rock geeks.

Wavves
You’re Welcome

Ten tears into the Wavves project, Nathan Williams has gone from super lo-fi DIY to major-label-signed and now back to some sort of midpoint. You’re Welcome, the sixth Wavves record, is released on Williams’ own Ghostramp label, but features all the production and songwriting lessons that he’s learned along the way. Good times!
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Jade Bird
Jade Bird

Jade Bird was born in 1997, which makes this particular blurbist* feel quite old. She hails from Hexham near Newcastle, but was lucky enough to record her debut EP, Something American in Upstate New York. She has now made her self-titled debut album, no doubt buoyed by the inclusion in her band of Jeff Buckley drummer Matt Johnson and Mystery Jets guitarist Will Rees and support slots with First Aid Kit and London Grammar. Legendary producer Tony Visconti has also praised her talent. LP and CD on Glassnote. *One who writes short product descriptions for Norman Records.

Kate Bush
Remastered in Vinyl III

The third of the Kate Bush Remastered in Vinyl reissue series features three of the great artist’s more recent albums: the triumphantly-returning 2005 double album Aerial, her 2011 reworkings-of-earlier-material collection Director’s Cut, and 50 Words For Snow from the same year. All presented on vinyl in a very fine box-set from Parlophone.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kate Bush
Remastered in Vinyl II

The second of the Kate Bush Remastered in Vinyl reissue series features three of the great artist’s albums, dating from the eighties and nineties. We have Hounds of Love, The Sensual World and The Red Shoes, notable collections all. The material has all been remastered, and is presented on beautiful vinyl LPs for the first time in a long time.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Leisure Society
Arrivals & Departures

A word of warning to anyone in middle brow folk collectives. Never go out with your flautist. This is what happened to the Leisure Society's Nick Hemming and following their split he was unceremoniously turfed out of his Brighton home. This upheaval all feeds in to their fifth album which marks ten years since they debut single 'Last of the Melting Snow' which was, if you remember a quite wondrous thing. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Ten Tonnes
Ten Tonnes

Ten Tonnes - known to his ma and da as Ethan Barnett - drops his eponymous debut LP. This is a collection of well-heeled indie ditties that are likely to do good business at the festivals this summer. Assuming 2019 even gets a summer (the weather amirite?) There’s a ‘Two Doors Down’-era Mystery Jets vibe to cuts like ‘Better Than Me’ and ‘Lucy’.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Cranberries
In The End

Ah this is sad. The Cranberries were working on a new album at the time of Dolores O'Riordan’s untimely passing but she died before they could play it to anyone. The remaining members have decided to finish up the music and release it both as a tribute to the late singer and for fans who have waited years to hear new music from the band. 
  • Label(s):
  • BMG
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Rose Elinor Dougall
A New Illusion

A sublime, distinctly English kind of pop that addresses a truly dire state of affairs. Rose Elinor Dougall’s third solo record 'A New Illusion' was written in the climate of 21st century Brexit Britain, and is unafraid in tackling the sense of perpetual unease, but looks to music as a form of defiance not escape. Relaxed and biting, this is a record that thrives in duality.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Streets
The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living

This was the third the Streets album and the first to openly discuss the 'pressures' of fame. It was later described by Mike Skinner as a "guilt ridden indulgence" but is an interesting document of an artist trying to hold it together whilst slowly losing their mind. First re-pressing since the giddy year of 2006 and now comes on not one but two heavyweight discs.  

The Japanese House
Good At Falling

Got a few ‘Japanese’ bands knocking around at the moment, haven’t we. Not as in bands from Japan, as in bands called things like Japanese Breakfast and The Japanese House. The latter is the solo project of Amber Bain, who has released this here debut LP on Dirty Hit - a label set up by, among others, the late Ugo Ehiogu. Good At Falling is a collection of synth-ified indie-pop tunes in the vein of mid-period Bon Iver.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Alex Cameron
Live In San Francisco

Alex Cameron is … real? Fake? Who knows at this point. What we can say for certain is that the heartland rock Dean Blunt has released a live LP. Live In San Francisco proves Cameron to be an oddly compelling performer, holding court like a mid-period Nick Cave between bouts of budget-Springsteen. Live In San Francisco is the second record we’ve got in recently with that title - the other one’s by Wooden Shjips. Choose wisely.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Rhye
Blood Remixed

The minimalist and moody perspective on R&B offered by Mike Milosh’s Rhye is opened up to fans of more genres with this 14-track remix album of the project’s 2018 sophomore record Blood. Remixers include Moon Boots, Little Dragon, Jacques Green, Mano Le Tough, Washed Out and Mansionair. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lowly
Hifalutin

Hifalutin is the second album from Denmark's Lowly. After their debut the band wanted more and so with the help of a large warehouse and huge amount of microphones have created an album as dreamy as anything fellow Scandinavians Sigur Ros have done. But there's more to them than being dreamy, as they tackle R&B, spoken word and the more abstract musics too. On Bella Union.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Cassia
Replica

Debut album from potent what-if experiment Cassia. Because what if Vampire Weekend were from Macclesfield? Well I expect it would sound like Replica, the band's self-described calypso-rock seems to be bred from similar influences to those preppy New Yorkers. Odds on that they quite like Graceland. Lead singer even looks a bit like Ezra Koenig if you squint. On Distiller.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Local Natives
Violet Street

Local Natives tend to average an LP every three years, so given that their last full-length came out in 2016 it’s about time they dropped their fourth album. And lo, here have we Violet Street. Violet Street is pretty standard fare from the Silver Lake group, all anthemic indie tunes and soaring vocals. Tame Impala, Foals and that.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

W. H. Lung
Incidental Music

Emerging out of Manchester, W.H. Lung are a primarily studio-based project making music that between shimmering synth pop and infectious kraut rock. Theirs is a sound that encompasses parts of Talking Heads, BEAK and Cavern of Anti-Matter for a raucous and inspiring groove-ridden sound. The Dinked people love them therefore they get their own Dinked Edition (whilst stocks last). That name? It's a Chinese supermarket in Manchester. Of course!      

Lafawndah
ANCESTOR BOY

It's the debut release from Lafawndah on her own label, Concordia. Ancestor Boy is a concept album of sorts that sees Lafawndah delve the depths of a fabricated history where she discovers and muses over an imaginary people who relate to her own coming-of-age tales, woven beautifully through this excellent debut.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Jakuzi
Hata Payı

Synthpop from Istanbul. Jakuzi are a band who obviously love those glorious shiny eighties days where synthpop was king, but they keep things appropriately Turkish also. Hata Payı, their second album, is darker than the first, which is usually a good thing when we are talking about synthpop. Released by City Slang.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lawrence Arabia
Lawrence Arabia's Singles Club

A Kickstarted album if there ever was one, Lawrence Arabia’s Singles Club was a fan-financed project to release a digital single for every month of 2018. Lawrence Arabia succeeded, writing and recording 12 songs, released now as an album. Each one showcases the wide range of his style, from orchestral indie-rock to laid-back melancholy songlets.

C Duncan
Health

Blinking heck he doesn't mess about. This is C. Duncan's third album since 2015. I described his previous record The Midnight Sun as 'a bit rushed' but this one uses outside producers, musicians  and studios for the first time so you'd presume the sound has ben expanded somewhat. His first LP Architect was a stone cold classic so here's hoping this is more of the same (but bigger/better of course).   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Honey 2 Honey
A Taste Of

A Taste Of two cities? Since their last album Honey 2 Honey are now a cross country quartet with two members each in Canberra and Sydney. Despite that, they're still mining that same dubby R&B vein that they've done in the past. And it's still as intense and strange and intimate. Most of all, it shows a masterful use of space. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Proper Ornaments
6 Lenins

The Proper Ornaments are now on album number three: 6 Lenins. The band are led by James Hoare, who also happens to be in Veronica Falls and Ultimate Painting and Max Clapps of London shoegazers Toy. They take ‘60s American jangle and turn it into a very English jangle. They’re pretty good at it too. LP and CD on Tapete.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Akiko Yano
Japanese Girl

Reissue of Akiko Yano's debut album Japanese Girl from WEWANTSOUNDS. First released in 1976, Japanese Girl mixes together elements of Japanese folk music with 70s rock and funk to create something hypnotic. Yano's vocals dance around the instrumentation with a sense of joy and yearning, providing an emotional anchor for the album.

TR/ST
The Destroyer - 1

TR/ST (that’s pronounced Trust, by the way) drops his first LP in a half-decade. The Destroyer - 1 is another LP of dark, evocative synth-pop from the Canadian singer-songwriter. Tracks like ‘Gone’ bring to mind Perfume Genius if he was really into Depeche Mode. If you like walking around at night in trench coats then TR/ST's The Destroyer - 1 is for you.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Sparkling
Felonious

Danish duo Sparkling present their sophomore LP a full fifteen years after the release of debut album Waiting For An Accident. Felonious is a record of bright, shiny electro-indie in the M83 mode. Some of the tones here also stray closer to the kind of warm electronica Apparat has been trying out of late. Vinyl copies of Felonious are on a rather limited run, so move fast.
  • Vinyl LP
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Marry Waterson & Emily Barker
A Window To Other Ways

Marry Waterson is an English folk singer and member of the famous folk music family The Watersons. She is the daughter of Lal Waterson. Emily Barker is an Australian singer/songwriter whose music you may have heard on the UK version of crime drama Wallander. The pair met at a songwriting retreat run by Kathryn Williams. Their first album together, A Window To Other Ways, has thrown up a mixture of stiles from the obvious folk, with country, soul, blues and indie. LP and CD on One Little Indian.

Zefur Wolves
Truth Is In The Stars

Consisting of Cian Ciaran (Super Furry Animals) and Estelle Ios (Baby Queens), indie meets soul on Zefur Wolves’ sophomore album Truth Is In The Stars. Although it’s also available on CD, that eye-catching artwork will definitely look much more impressive rendered in glorious 12 inches by 12 inches.

Talk Talk
It’s My Life

This is the one where things started to change. Producer and multi instrumentalist Tim Friese-Green was drafted in and immediately set about turning the previous 'new romantic image' into something more special. Still the hits kept coming with 'Such a Shame', 'Dum Dum Girl' and the stellar title track beautifully combining mainstream pop and sophisticated production.   
  • Vinyl LP (0190295792619)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

You Tell Me
You Tell Me

You Tell Me is the new project from Field Music’s Peter Brewis and Admiral Fallow’s Sarah Hayes. After working together on the last Field Music album, Open Here,(check out the closing track ‘Find A Way To Keep Me’ to hear Sarah Hayes’ flute & vocal work) they’ve decided there’s enough of a musical spark to work as a duo. The album’s theme centres around communication which extends to the sharing of ideas between new musical collaborators. LP and CD on Memphis Industries, including two 'indies only' limited vinyl versions - but be quick!
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Edwyn Collins
Badbea

Oh my word look how far north he is now. You'd have to get a plane up there. This is the first album from Edwyn Collins since he relocated to Helmsdale in the highlands of Scotland. It contains a few of his usual Northern Soul stompers as well as more reflective material which mirrors the place Edwyn now finds himself which is 'Content with life' he concludes. Bless him.     
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kap Bambino
Dust, Fierce, Forever

Imagine having to deal with Dust, Fierce, Forever. Would be dreadful, wouldn’t it. Mind you, Kap Bambino don’t seem to mind. Indeed, the French duo seem to be rather enjoying themselves here - in a sort of post-apocalyptic chiptune rave way, that is. Alice Glass is the obvious comparison. Dust, Fierce, Forever is Kap Bambino’s third LP for Because Music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

UNKLE
The Road: Part II

UNKLE releases are always, if nothing else, interesting. After seven years of silence, label boss James Lavelle finally returned with last year’s massive comeback effort Part I. It was diverse, but he promises even more variation on 2019’s The Road: Part II. We’re expecting a somber soundtrack to a post-apocalyptic road trip, but who really knows what the man from UNKLE will bring?

Measured
My Heart Waits / Sleep

New York duo, Measured, AKA Brian Wenckebach and Evagelia Maravelias, previously of Elika, become the latest release as part of the Sonic Cathedral singles club. My Heat Waits b/w Sleep sees the pair making goth-tinged music that mixes the sounds of Mazzy Star and Madonna circa 1998. 7” limited to 300 copies.

Whoa Melodic
Whoa Melodic

Whoa Melodic is the new solo project from the prolific Michael Wood (Singing Adams, The Hayman Kupa Band and more). Born for a love of Paul McCartney, indie pop and friendship, the self-titled album is a catchy delight. For fans of Teenage Fanclub, Squeeze and Elliot Smith. On Where Its At Is Where You Are.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Haruomi Hosono
Hosono House

The Haruomi Hosono reissue train rolls on with a new pressing of his 1973 debut solo LP courtesy of Light In The Attic. For Hosono House the Yellow Magic Orchestra architect claims to have been going for a Music From Big Pink kind of thing, and the plethora of steady rockin’ grooves testify to that. However, this being HH, there is an element of cerebral surreality that lends the record an odd charm.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Marsicans
Your Eyes / Tallest Stories

A handsome lil' picture disk from Leeds' own Marscians (I'm not sure how to pronounce it either). On this double A side the band show off their vitality in striking technicolour style. The guitar tone on 'Your Eyes' is so bright that it's keeping Storm Gareth at bay and makes the band seem destined for a late afternoon slot on the UK festival circuit. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Ian Broudie
Tales Told

Ian Broudie’s The Lightning Seeds spawned a dazzling run of pure-pop hits in the Nineties, but when the band collapsed following their dismal 1999 outing Tilt, their frontman was left drifting. Released originally in 2004, Broudie’s stripped-down first solo outing Tales Told saw him reveal a very different side of his artistry, and now it’s released on vinyl for the first time.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Zero Years Kid
Ongerijmde Rijmen

Very downtempo and psychedelic R&B from Zero Years Kid. Their debut album, Ongerijmde Rijmen has the Belgian and Irish duo having fun with their voices, as they do all manner of weird chopping, screwing and channel swapping. The lyrics express the pair becoming disillusioned with the world, a topic they tackle with levity and charm. 
  • Tape (ETXLP002)
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We Show Up On Radar
Zanzibar Whip Coral

We Show Up On Radar is a playful project, by a fella named Andy Wright. Folk-pop is his vibe, and on tracks like ‘Giant Dinosaur vs Sea Monster’ and ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (Part 1)’ he whips up a storm of bright lyrics and lively performativity. Zanzibar Whip Corals is released by Fika.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Molly Nilsson
History

Molly Nilsson’s excellent 2011 LP History gets a reissue courtesy of Night School (Paper Dollhouse, Rose McDowall). For anyone who didn’t hear History the first time around, all you need to do is imagine a more groove-centric rendering of Zola Jesus’ magisterial synth-Goth sound. ‘City Of Atlantis’ also beats PC Music to the punch by about 3 years.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Connie Constance
English Rose

English Rose by Connie Constance mixes myriad influences making an album that’s not particularly like anything else. The title track is a piano-led cover of The Jam’s classic. Elsewhere electronic production, poetic lyrics and soulful delivery make this a debut album by a likely future star. LP and CD on Virgin.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Sleeper
The Modern Age

No-one thought this would happen, including the band. Sleeper have a new album out. It’s their first in twenty-one years, since the heady days of Britpop, and it’s called The Modern Age. The band used to be made up of three guys and a girl, now they’re made up of a novelist, two music lecturers and the ex-Prodigy bassist. All the old traits are in place - observational lyrics, catchy hooks and producer Stephen Street, but they’ve also been shrewd enough to make an album for The Modern Age (see what I did there?).

The Ninth Wave
Never Crave Attention

Latest EP Never Crave Attention from Glaswegian four-piece outfit The Ninth Wave, who wear their love for 80s post-punk on their gothy sleeves and have developed a reputation for an energetic live show on the local scene. Dark riffs and big vocals - appealingly intense. Out on coloured 10" vinyl on Distiller.

Avey Tare
Cows On Hourglass Pond

Clearly unwilling to be upstaged by Panda Bear, Avey Tare is going toe to toe with his Animal Collective buddy by also releasing a solo LP in early 2019. As with Tare’s 2017 album Eucalyptus, Cows On Hourglass Pond finds him drawing once more on AnCo’s golden mid-period. There’s plenty of Feels and Sung Tongs to this, and that’s something we should always be grateful for.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kate Bush
The Other Sides

This is the final release in the catalogue remastering project. So if you bought the expens-a-box CD part two for the rarities...well...you could have just waited until now and got them as a separate instalment. As you might be able to tell from the tin, this is a collection of B sides and rarities including a host of hard to find cover versions. 4 CD set in hardback packaging. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Witching Waves
Fear Of Falling Down

London based Witching Waves are a post-punk/indie pop duo that trade in music influenced by the likes of Sonic Youth, Beat Happening and Tiger Trap. ‘Fear Of Falling Down’ is the band’s debut LP and is evocative of their DIY roots: recorded on to 8 track tape, their sound here is lo-fi but detailed, echoing 60s pop and garage with an obvious nod to the DIY underground. 

Gary Numan
I, Assassin

Hey Gary, I get the feeling you’re supposed to be hiding in the shadows but you appear to be standing in the light of streetlamp. You’ll get seen, y’know. However bad an assassin Gary Numan may make in reality doesn’t matter. What does matter is that we have spiffy reissue of his 4th solo album, I, Assassin, which was originally released in 1982. It contains the hits Music For Chameleons, White Boys and Heroes and We Take Mystery (To Bed). Green vinyl LP on Beggars Banquet.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Joy Division & New Order
Total (From Joy Division To New Order)

It’s never before been possible to study the trajectory of post-punk pioneers Joy Division and synth-rock sequel New Order in one sitting. The technology simply hasn’t been there. You’d need some kind of ‘play list’ - what a notion. But now, thanks to the latest developments, New Order are proud to present Total - a partial history of both.

Ot To, Not To
It Loved To Happen

Three years on from their debut LP Goshen and Ot To, Not To return to the fray with a new album. It Loved To Happen is another record of spectral r&b from the forward-thinking duo. Everything from Talk Talk to Nicolas Jaar to oOoOO to Micachu And The Shapes is referenced across this quietly inventive set. It Loved To Happen is out via New Info, a recently-minted offshoot of the excellent All City.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Gary War
Zontag

Zontag is the totally fun 7-inch single from nutjob Gary War. His output could be impressively termed ‘the most obtuse music produced by a member of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. Here he jets in-and-out of cosmic zones in pursuit of his twisted and dense pop muse. Perhaps best enjoyed over these short distances, this one is out on Care in the Community.
  • Vinyl 7" (CARE711)
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Stephen Malkmus
Groove Denied

We've all had mid-life crisis moments. For example, my dad sold the family car and bought himself a motorbike. This album is most likely Stephen Malkmus's mid-life crisis moment. For many musicians a mid-life crisis moment sees them embracing electronica and IDM after years of chugging along with guitars. So this could be as good/bad as Bob Mould's 'Modulate' album.   

The Faint
Egowerk

You’ve probably noticed what a toxic, disappointing place a social media forum can be. A hotbed of egotistical confrontation. Omaha electro-punks The Faint too have noticed and have made their self-produced seventh Egowerk album all about it. It’s slick, dramatic and fast paced, and perhaps their most electro sound to date.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Estrogen Highs
Hear Me On The Number Station

'Hear Me On The Number Station' is Estrogen Highs first record since 'Irrelevant Future' in 2012. Here the New Haven, Connecticut, beat combo bash out eighteen songs, each informed by New Zealand indie pop and with more emphasis of the avant garde texturing of bands like Xpressway than previously. The LP comes with an inner lyrics sleeve.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Beta Band
The Three EPs (20th Anniversary Remaster) [Deluxe Edition]

Noted for *that* moment in High Fidelity when the guy in the store says "let's sell some records" and puts a Beta Band track on and people start wandering up to the counter to find out what it is. It's a reminder that the early the Beta Band was a good thing - their reputation is based on these three early EPs. The fact that they subsequently disappeared down a rabbit warren of their own making is, in time, starting to be forgotten.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

HVOB
Rocco

Viennese duo HVOB - which doesn’t appear to be an acronym, by the way - drop their fourth LP and first one for PIAS. Rocco is an LP of pretty, emotive electronica from the duo of Anna Müller and Paul Wallner. Tunes such as ‘Bloom’ and ‘2nd World’ also show shades of contemporary classical composition. Think Nils Frahm and Mark Pritchard’s more recent work.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Sparks
No.1 In Heaven (40th Anniversary Edition)

Total vintage Sparks goodness! No. 1 In Heaven has a wry sarcastic optimism in its title, but then again it does feature the Maels working with the legendary Giorgio Moroder, leading to an especially electro-vibed, synthed-up version of the Sparks sound. A match made in heaven right? Remastered reissue that features rare bonus tracks, some involving Peter Cook.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Westerman
Confirmation

Hotly-tipped London auteur Westerman returns to the fledgling Blue Flowers imprint with new single ‘Confirmation’. 2017’s Call And Response EP brought free-flowing comparisons to Nick Drake and Arthur Russell, and those influences remain strong on this track. Add in a bit of a ‘Wicked Game’ flavour and a few ooh-what’s-he-done-there chord-changes and you've got yourself a leftfield indie hit.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop