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. 
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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).  
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  • 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.  
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  • 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). 
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  • 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.

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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  • 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.
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Barrie
Singles

Barrie are one of those cool bands from Brooklyn. Singles collects - surprise, surprise - their three singles to date. ‘Canyons’, ‘Tal Uno’ and ‘Michigan’ are all dreamy synth-pop tunes that come with a little of the halcyon r&b flavour of Blood Orange. There’s some Chvrches to ‘Tal Uno’, too. Singles is ballasted by two remixes - one by Brother Michael, one by Shura & FaltyDL.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Talking Drums
Courage

Another cracking reissue from Dark Entries here. Talking Drums were a Glaswegian group that knocked about in the ‘80s, releasing two EPs and a full-length record. Courage was first put out in 1982, around the same time groups like Orange Juice were kicking it in Talking Drums’ home city. There’s a fair bit of OJ to these tunes, while the influence of NYC no-wavers like ESG is also apparent. All in all this is a good one for linking Glasgow’s first DIY golden-age with the modern-day endeavours of acts like Golden Teacher and Whilst.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Marie Davidson
Working Class Woman

If you've yet to experience Marie Davidson's music as a solo artist then it's possible you may have encountered her on the Constellation label as a member of Essaie Pas, Land Of Kush or Les Momies de Palerme (amongst others). 'Working Class Woman', her fourth solo full-length, arrives on Ninja Tune and is the Montreal-based artist's most introspective and visceral work to date. Her sound absorbs influences from Italo Disco, proto-industrial, minimal synth and electro which she moulds into her own distinctive vision.

Arc Iris
Icon of Ego

Brooklyn label Ba Da Bing! (Julie Byrne, Katie Von Schleicher) drop the third LP from avant-pop group Arc Iris. For three people they sure do make a big sound on Icon Of Ego. Singer/guitarist Jocie Adams provides an anchor for the band’s complex, slightly math-indebted brand of electronic rock. Imagine Dirty Projectors with The Physics House Band shoring up the live show and you’re there or thereabouts.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Molly Burch
First Flower

This is the second album from Molly Burch following the success of her Please Be Mine album with its smoky jazz inflected vocals which led her to tour with Grizzly Bear, Courtney Barnett and others. Now with man friend in tow she returns to the scene with an album in which she delivers her most intimate thoughts, carefully composed with a seething anger just below the surface.   
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Motorama
Many Nights

Motorama surely have to be Russia’s finest indie-pop outfit, playing their dreamy wares to everybody across Russia and beyond. Many Nights, their fifth album, is light and punchy, bouncing along with a simple but infectious liveliness, good grooves, and that addictive jangle. Released by the Taitres label.

Spain
Mandala Brush

Spain return to Glitterhouse Records with their seventh studio LP. Josh Haden wanted to capture the energy of the band’s concerts on Mandala Brush. As such, all songs were recorded live and without a click track. This results in a nice ebb and flow to the brooding Americana-noir of tracks like ‘Maya In The Summer’.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The La's
Lost La's - Callin' All 1986-1987 Deluxe Edition

The La’s were destined for greatness but never made it to the top of the mountain. Whatever the reason - and there are more than a few theories as to why Lee Mavers et al never made good on their outrageous promise - we can now look back and say that the band had some damn good songs back at the start. Demos, rarities and live-takes collection Lost La’s - Callin’ All 1986-1987 proves that the group are so much more than ‘There She Goes’. This is Merseyside pop par excellence.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Space Lady
On The Street Of Dreams

Greetings earthlings, The Space Lady’s otherworldly warbles are returning to earth in the form of a new LP. “On the Street of Dreams” transmits messages of harmony and peace, with the same synths and psychedelic pop that first propelled her to fame in the 1990’s. Now seventy years old, the American musician shows no sign of returning back to the intergalactic sphere. We’ll keep her here a bit longer if that’s okay. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Ava Luna
Moon 2

Yes please! Ol' arty farts Ava Luna massively impressed us on Infinite House, a record of endlessly rewarding pop music grown out of groove and bombast. On the wonderfully titled and housed Moon 2, they've tried to find nuance and restraint, going after lusher arrangements and less of their rockist spikes. Less screaming, too, but we won't hold it against them, as it'll most likely prove to be an absolute gem. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Suede
The Blue Hour

Well. They are back. David Bowie might be dead but Suede are still alive right? So everything is ok. This one follows on fairly swiftly from their successful 'comeback' LP 'Night Thoughts' and shares the line up with their classic 'Coming Up' record. Expect a lot of wrought songs about being outsiders in suburbia and wandering around the city feeling a bit isolated. 

Christine and The Queens
Chris

Héloïse Letissier is back with a new album as Christine and The Queens! The French singer-songwriter now gives us 'Chris' as the follow-up album to 2014's 'Chaleur Humaine' which took France by storm and sold shedloads (millions, actually) just about everywhere else; including here at your humble Norman, in an expanded UK version in 2016. As before, the record is available in both French and English versions. It looks like Héloïse is fast becoming an icon of our times. Available an English double LP, a French 2x LP, a double CD and a super huge boxset of all the versions and a poster! On Because Music.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Amber Arcades
European Heartbreak

Dutch native Annelotte de Graaf (aka Amber Arcades) is a bastion of dreamy psych-pop, her sweet vocals floating peacefully over '60s-inspired twanging guitars, driving beats and jazzy horns ('Simple Song'). It's as contemplative as it is exciting, with light-footed synths peppering a deeply cinematic record. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Frøkedal
How We Made It

Second LP from Grammy-nominated Norwegian Frøkedal here. How We Made It is one of those folksy twee-pop things that Scandinavians tend to excel at. The press release says that this album is more instrumentally diverse and less reliant on acoustic instruments than her debut full-length Hold On Dreamer, but a quick listen to that album suggests that they’re about equal on that front. Basically if you liked the first one then you’ll like this one too.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Peluché
Unforgettable

Peluché self-identify as a ‘trip jam’ group, which basically means that they make neo-soul of a more psychedelic strain than your average bunch of cosmopolitan jazzers. It’s a good look for them. The London trio’s debut LP Unforgettable is a sensual and freewheeling affair that stands shoulder to shoulder with the likes Fatima’s Yellow Memories and The Internet's Hive Mind.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Fratellis
Costello Music

Costello Music was the debut album from Scottish indie rock sensations the Fratellis. It was an immediate critical and commercial smash taking the lad-rock blueprint of the likes of the Libertines and Arctic Monkeys and making a fresh and likeable batch of punk-pop ditties suitable for air punching at the summer festivals. 

Roosevelt
Young Romance

The album: Young Romance The artist: Roosevelt The song titles: things like ‘Take Me Back’, ‘Under The Sky’ and ‘Yr Love’ The guest list: Washed Out We’re spelling all this out for you, dear Norman Records™ customer, in terms designed for maximum recognition. We want you to memorise all of this, and we want you to do it quickly. Because there’ll come a time in the very near future where there will be no escape from the songs of this record. They will be on adverts. They will be on the radio. They will be referenced by Paddy McGuinness in his intros on Take Me Out. There’s absolutely no way that these tunes, almost Blairite in their populist ambition, will not be the soundtracks to our New England. And all this by an artist from the Rhineland.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Das Body
Das Body

Luminelle Recordings did good earlier this year when they released an excellent bedroom pop record from Helena Deland. This, the eponymous debut EP from Das Body (great name), is also pretty decent. The four tracks here are politely funky synth-pop with a bit of a Christine & The Queens thing going on. Numbers like 'Boys' also sound a little like that surprisingly good Paramore album which came out recently.
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Various
Goosebumps – 25 Years Of Marina Records

Who knew it was 25 years since Marina Records started releasing indie pop. Well it is. And to celebrate they've unleashed this 3LP or 2CD set of all their most important bits so you can celebrate in style. Contains tracks from the past present and future such as Shack, the Pale Fountains, the Pearlfishers, Paul Haig and many many more. 

School Damage
A To X

Pop music as made by Melbourne young guns doing it on their own, with a sparky, punky, jumpy guitar band vibe. School Damage have the tight drums, bright organ leads and anti-virtuoso vocals that really make this kind of music shine, and their second album A To X contains fifteen tracks of that goodness! Lovely stuff.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Bad Sav
Bad Sav

Featuring half the line-up of Death and the Maiden, and borrowing a drummer from Shifting Sands, Bad Sav is a noisy, shoegazy affair. The New Zealand trio has opened up a can of Whirr, added a pinch of Pity Sex, and sauced up a sweet self-titled debut of noise. LIYL Swervedriver, Kindling, or gherkins.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Tony Molina
Kill The Lights

I just can't believe they are marketing this as an album. It's over by the time you've blown your nose but on the plus side the music is absolutely brilliant. Tony Molina writes perfect mini-jangle pop things that sound like a pint-sized Teenage Fanclub or the Byrds. Opener “Nothing I Can Say” is so good but I'd be happy if it was three times it's length. I suppose that's what the repeat button is for. 

The Housemartins
The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death

It's quite silly to forget about the Housemartins when we recall great '80s indie bands. They were enormously popular at the time outselling all the people who have ended up more lauded. They were kind of like an 80s indie the Monkees. Catchy songs, fun personas but as with everything Paul Heaton has been involved in there were serious messages behind all the seemingly lighter than air pop fun. This is their second and final album from 1987.    
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Prince
Piano & A Microphone 1983

Prince presented himself to the world with consummate showmanship and an enigmatic persona that made his fans want to know even more about him. Piano & A Microphone gives fans a insight into his inspiration and songwriting process. Taken from a home-recorded cassette in dating from 1983, this album features Prince playing early versions of classics such as Purple Rain and Strange Relationship, along with a cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘A Case Of You’. Available as an LP and CD package presented in a hardback book, vinyl LP and CD on Warner Bros.

Tentenko
Tentenko

Kicking off new label Toothpaste Records is the latest effort from j-synthpop purveyor Tentenko. Half of experimental duo MikaTen and an ex-member of punkish, personnel-revolving BiS, she also already has quite the solo discography. But this is her first work released outside Japan, and shows well her knack for bashing out the j-pop hooks in an irreverent, rather messy manner.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Villagers
The Art of Pretending to Swim

The return of ol' wobble voice, Conor O' Brien has sat and made this latest Villagers record all by himself in his Dublin studio. Despite this lonesome pursuit, it's an album that adds all kinds of sonic detail and soulfulness to his songwriting resulting in possibly his most accessible music to date. There's an indie's only red vinyl version that comes with a bonus 10" (whilst stocks last of course).  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Haiku Salut
Etch and Etch Deep

Don’t let the name fool you; Haiku Salut are neither French nor Japanese. Instead, they hail from Derbyshire. The tracks they make on Etch and Etch Deep combine a big stack of sounds grabbed from sources electronic and acoustic, with results that are both strange and highly tuneful. On How Does It Feel To Be Loved?

Daniel T.
Heliotrope

In a former life, a decade or so ago, Southern California native Daniel T (Terndrup) was one half of Cosmic Kids who drew upon a very wide range of musical inspirations as well as, of course, the vastness of the cosmos. Daniel has long been a crate digger and a collector armed with an impressive knowledge of all sorts of bygone music, hosting regular radio shows on both NTS and Dublab. Terndrup now turns his attention to his solo project and has developed a production style taking in a melange of influences -- funk, post-punk, new age and pop included -- filtering all these along with the SoCal sunshine into his armoury of tunes. Heliotrope is the result, a fun-times album that's sure to make both heads and bodies move. LP on Cascine records.

The Goon Sax
We're Not Talking

The junior to The Go-Betweens' senior, this very good band features Louis Forster, son of Robert, probably none too happy about this endless comparison, but I just really like the word junior so was compelled to namedrop. They released a real Norman beloved record in Up to Anything and for this here follow-up they've hopped over to Melbourne to record with James Ceecil and Cameron Bird, who both know several things about indie pop via their time in overtly-saccharine super group Architecture in Helsinki.

Japan
Gentlemen Take Polaroids

David Sylvian fronted new wave synth-pop outfit Japan’s fourth studio album Gentlemen Take Polaroids was originally released on Virgin in 1980, and was their first album with the label. This half-speed mastered reissue is available as a single LP as per the original, or a 2LP edition cut at 45 RPM. Defining avant-synth-pop in hi-def.

Japan
Tin Drum

David Sylvian fronted arty-odd-synth-pop-new-wavers Japan originally released their fifth and final album Tin Drum in 1981 through Virgin. This half-speed mastered edition is available as a single LP as per the original, or a 2LP edition cut at 45 RPM for a better noise floor. Includes the singles Ghosts and The Art of Parties, as well as the ever infectious Talking Drum.

Guerilla Toss
Twisted Crystal

Weeee’re not gonna take it! No, we ain’t gonna take it! We’re not gonna take it! Any… ... Whoops, might have misread the title of this one. Twisted CRYSTAL is Boston disco-rockers Guerilla Toss’s third LP for DFA, and the group really seem to have grown into the label’s sound now. Cuts like ‘Meteorological’ are spunky dance-punk joints equal parts The Rapture and Laurie Anderson.
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Bob Moses
Battle Lines

This is the sort of thing that happens when you let Johnny Jewel release too many records. Bob Moses - confusingly not one person but two men called Tom and Jimmy - drop their second LP via Domino. Battle Lines is full of perfectly competent synth-pop songs that remind one of Hurts. If this Norman Records™ description writer were a GCSE Music invigilator he would give it a high B for style, a low B for performance and a C for composition.

Yumi And The Weather
Yumi And The Weather

Hello Yumi mate! Long time no see. How’re things? What’s The Weather like down in Brighton these days? Cloudy with a chance of synth-pop you say? Very well then. Best pack a mac. She’s right you know. ‘Hustle’ could have been on the Drive soundtrack. Some of Yumi And The Weather’s eponymous LP also sounds quite a lot like that The War On Drugs album that everyone went mental for a few years ago.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Beta Band
The Best of The Beta Band: Music

Who doesn’t like The Beta Band? No-one, that’s who. However, despite being universally loved, some of us - Norman Records™ description writers included - aren’t that familiar with the group’s output beyond ubiquitous early-2000s hit ‘Squares’. This also makes it a bit difficult for some of us to say what their music sounds like. Let's go with ... Super Furry Animals ... and ... Beck ... maybe The Avalanches too? Is that right? Either way, The Best Of The Beta Band will help plug the gap for those who’ve always wanted to know more about the Scottish group but have been afraid to ask. Comes backed with a live album.
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Honey Hahs
Dear Someone, Happy Something

Every so often we get one of these, a band of barely-even-teenagers who somehow manage to make music that puts people twice their age to shame. Honey Hahs (average age 13) are a trio of sisters from London who pen charming twee-punk ditties in the vein of Girlpool and Frankie Cosmos. Their debut LP Dear Someone, Happy Something is out on Rough Trade, which is very sick. Good on them.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Green Child
The Green Child

The Green Child is Mikey Young (of Total Control) and Raven Mahon (of Grass Widow), playing together and not-together, cross-continentally. This is their self-titled debut full-length, and it's an electronic song-based tour de force of arpeggiating synths and cool vocal performances. Released by Upset The Rhythm.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Blaze
Dancehall

The Blaze will be absolutely massive. They kind of already are - a video upped to YouTube in 2016 for their song ‘Virile’ (yikes) has four million views and counting - but we reckon their debut LP Dancehall is going to make them REALLY massive. The combination of Disclosure-esque pop-house with Jungle’s ‘urban’ ‘cool’ vibe and that … thing that Bonobo does is just too big to fail.

Papernut Cambridge
Mellotron Phase: Volume 2

An exciting foray into the endless possibilities of music made on a Mellotron or “contemporary tape/disc-based playback instruments.” Who am I even kidding? Papernut Cambridge has made an album that sounds like high-resolution covers of early RPG soundtracks. And that's not a bad thing, if it's your thing. If you liked Mellotron Phase: Volume 1, you'll love Mellotron Phase: Volume 2.

Alpaca Sports
From Paris With Love

Elefant Records presents the second LP from Alpaca Sports. The tunes on From Paris With Love are perfectly pleasant indie-pop ditties in the best Swedish tradition - think The Concretes, Those Dancing Days and Jens Lekman. They also frequently recall Elefant label-mates Camera Obscura. Lightly groovy work from the rhythm section, jangling guitar, dreamy harmonies and butter-wouldn’t-melt vocals.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Paul McCartney
Egypt Station

Say what you like but Paul McCartney ain't doing bad for nearly 80. The former Beatle has had one of the most incredible careers in music history ranging from brilliance to some of the worst music made by a human and he's still at it. Though lead single 'Come On To Me' sounds bizarrely like Flight of the Conchords 'If You're Into It' we're sure there are better things lurking in here. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Teleman
Family of Aliens

London indie four-piece, defined by two neat haircuts and two less neat, Teleman follow-up 2016’s Brilliant Sanity with their third studio Album, Family of Aliens. Known for their smart lyrics, carefree guitar work and earworm-ready melodies, Family of Aliens finds them adding electronic shades to their sound. Limited edition red vinyl LP, standard black vinyl LP and CD on Moshi Moshi.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Pet Shop Boys
Behaviour

Yes, yes, we know the Pet Shop Boys have been a bit crap for a while now. But when they were good, they were really bloody good. Their fourth LP Behaviour, first released in 1990, is the one that would probably win if you took a straw-poll among hardcore PSB fans as to which was the duo’s best full-length. It’s a gorgeous, wistful sigh of a record. Any album that starts with ‘Being Boring’ is going to be up to something, right? Now remastered and reissued - the CD comes with a second disc of bonus beats.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

La Force
La Force

As a description writer for Norman Records™ you end up reading a lot of press releases. The quality of these varies wildly. La Force’s La Force has one of the best ones this particular freelance lackey has read in all his years of being chained to a desk deep in the catacombs of Norman Towers. The reason that it's good is because it doesn’t mess about - no overly floral language, no weird metaphors, no comparisons that don’t make any sense. It’s five sentences long and goes like this: Sentence 1 - who the album is by (Broken Social Scene/AroarA’s Ariel Engle). Sentence 2 - what the album sounds like (electronics-heavy art-pop with nice singing). Sentence 3 - artists the album is similar to (PJ Harvey and Sinead O’Connor, among others). Sentence 4 - who produced it (Engle and Warren Spicer). Sentence 5 - who plays on the album (members of Broken Social Scene, SUUNS, Esmerine and more). See? It's really clear and makes it very easy to get a gist of the record. One spin of La Force then makes good on the promises of the accompanying spiel. Good work Engle, better work whoever banged out the press release. Copywriters of the world, unite!
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Mirah
Understanding

Duvet-voiced songstress Mirah returns with an album that returns to the unconventional lo-fi recording processes of her earlier work but also uses guests such as frequent collaborator Eli Crews (tUnE-yArDs, The Julie Ruin, Son Lux) and Greg Saunier (Deerhoof) to help embellish the sound. This is another 'personal upheaval' album to add to this year's list but Mirah is a fine lyricist and one of US indie's more underrated talents. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Slug
HiggledyPiggledy

Slug is the recording alter-ego of Ian Black, who was once a touring member of fellow Sunderland musos and label mates, Field Music. HiggledyPiggledy is Black’s second album and follow-up to 2015’s Ripe. Expect more XTC-meets-James Brown-Meets-John Bonham indie rock grooves. CD and LP on Memphis Industries.

Frankie Cosmos
Vessel

Frankie Cosmos leader and chief songwriter Greta Kline has an impressive 52 releases under her belt in just seven years. Vessel is her third under the Frankie Cosmos name and sees her looking back at the effect this artistically prolific time has had on her through her particular brand of pleasingly melodic indie-pop. LP, CD and Cassette on Sub Pop, with a limited translucent blue vinyl version if you're quick!
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Field Music
Open Here

Sunderland's Field Music have escaped from the gloom of the world (and the shocking form of their local football team) by nestling into a studio in a light industrial estate to make their 6th album. Full to the brim with flute, flugelhorn and other non-rock instruments, the album continues their escapist vision of a time when Steely Dan ruled the land.   
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Barbarossa
Lier

On Barbarossa's Lier a heady blend of pop and contemporary soul are paired alongside a lush framework of drifting, synthetic bass and glistening synths. Precise drum work comes from Joel Wästberg and everything is shrouded in a comforting amount of warmth and layered, floating orchestration. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lydmor
I Told You I'd Tell Them Our Story

I Told You I’d Tell Them Our Story is the third LP from Copenhagen-based ‘troublemaker’ Jenny Rossander aka Lydmor. This record was inspired by Rossander’s time living in Shanghai, and sure enough there’s both modern opulence and traditional craft to this record. Some of the tracks - ‘四 Claudia’, for instance - come off like a more polished version of Zola Jesus. Others are closer to Sia.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Richenel
Perfect Stranger

Six more tracks released by Music From Memory by the Dutch art-disco singer Richenel. The songs on Perfect Stranger are from Richenel's 1982 cassette only debut album La Diferencia. This is disco in the post-punk vein, all austere and jagged, but very danceable all the same.

Blood Orange
Negro Swan

Devonte Hynes has explored punk in his teens with Test Icicles, orchestral pop under the name of Lightspeed Champion, and as Blood Orange, perhaps his most successful and critically acclaimed project, he has made four albums underpinned by R’n’B and electronica. Negro Swan, his latest, explores depression - his own and other people's - along with the anxieties suffered by LGBT community and people of colour. LP and CD on Domino.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Franz Ferdinand
Always Ascending

New Franz Ferdinand! I always felt that Franz transcended the glut of mid-2000’s indie that rushed in on their coattails, and sure enough here they still are in 2017, producing music that is interesting and fresh. Always Ascending features lots of synth action, with moments that even recall Soulwax. Released by Domino.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Anna Calvi
Hunter

Why is she so wet? What has she been doing? Anyway for this third album for Domino Anna Calvi has made a visceral and truthful record that explores those very 2018 themes of sexuality and gender identity resulting in her most raw and primal record to date. Recorded by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Grinderman) and featuring Adrian Utley (Portishead) Calvi has made what is sure to be a thought provoking and passionate work. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Pet Shop Boys
Bilingual

While the ‘90s may have seen a slight tail-off in affection for the Pet Shop Boys after they conquered all during the Thatcher years, the decade also had the duo quietly turn in some of their best LPs. Bilingual, their sixth record of original material, is one of these unsung classics. The album maintains a quintessential PSB flavour while also incorporating influences from Spanish and Latin American musics. As with the concurrent reissues of Behaviour and Very, the CD version comes with a bonus disc of rarities.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Django Django
Marble Skies

7" of the title track from Django Django's third album, Marble Skies. This comes backed with a remix from CID RIM, an affiliate of the LuckyMe record label. CID RIM takes the high energy art rock of the band's original, and gives it the electronic edge and sheen his cohort of producers is known for.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Sons Of Raphael
A Nation Of Bloodsuckers

The first ever EP from Sons Of Raphael, the London duo who are not only sons, but also brothers. A Nation Of Bloodsuckers contains four tracks, and if you can look past the come-on-then-mate swagger of the cover artwork, you might find a lot to enjoy in the shoegaze-tinged widescreen indie-pop within.

The Beautiful South
Miaow

Once Hull's second biggest employer, the Beautiful South were an incredibly successful collective and the second band to emerge from the brain of Paul Heaton after his earlier the Housemartins. Miaow was their fourth album and contained the usual pop froth with hidden dark and provocative lyrics. So provocative in fact that singer Briana Corrigan left before the album was recorded over lyrical disagreements. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Jenn Champion
Single Rider

In the press release for Single Rider, Jenn Champion threatens a record that is a cross between Drake and Billy Joel. On both counts, she delivers. And you know what? It’s bloody good fun. The artist formerly known as S has crafted some sexy lights-low pop jams that, with any justice, will get serious rotation over the coming summer. ‘Time To Regulate’, in particular, is a bloody masterpiece that could quite easily slot into Carly Rae Jepsen’s game-changing Emotion.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Big Red Machine
Big Red Machine

Ahh these minstrels will soothe my jangled nerves. Big Red Machine is a collaborative record between Bon Iver Sadboy 2.0 Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner, songwriter and guitarist in The National. Dessner seems to be at the desk on this one, while Vernon's doubling down on his 808s And Heartbreaks-in-a-forest thing. It won’t come as a surprise for us to tell you that Big Red Machine’s self-titled debut LP is the most earnest album ever made.

Wild Nothing
Indigo

My giddy aunt this is an 80s-sounding album. Jack Tatum’s Wild Nothing gig might always have had a fair whack of New Order/The Cure/Echo & The Bunnymen about it, but fourth LP Indigo is the most unabashedly pop-type-thing that Tatum’s ever done. In short, it’s quite a lot like the last The War On Drugs record. You either like this sort of thing or you don’t.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Darwin Deez
10 Songs That Happened When You Left Me With My Stupid Heart

He may have had those frizzy tight curls cut off but here he is with a moustache like that and posing top off for an album sleeve. This is his fourth album which sensibly avoids the current vogue for synth rock and electro textures and simply writes good simple guitar pop with tunes you can whistle. Maybe he's ok after all?  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Kooks
Let’s Go Sunshine

Still being deafened from the roars of the crowds reverberating in their ears from their last arena jaunt, the Kooks return with a bold album inspired by British life, break up and recovery and lost innocence. They've already had one billion streams on various platforms and by my calculations that should result in about 76 album sales.  

Tirzah
Devotion

Tirzah has been reaching a particular audience with her contemporary, streetwise voice since her debut EP for the Greco-Roman label in 2013. Now her soulful style reaches a wider audience on her debut LP for big boys Domino records. Co-created and written with Mica Levi who also produced, 'Devotion' is an 11-track set of intimate songs dripping with romance, sadness and desire. This is British R'n'B at its most innovative.

Jerry Paper
Your Cocoon

Jerry Paper is the alter-ego of Lucas Nathan, an LA based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has previously released his music via labels such as Orange Milk and Bayonet, the latter being owned by Brooklyn indie-rockers, Beach Fossils. His new 7”, Your Cocoon is his first release for Stones Throw Records, and includes with an exclusive b-side. If Mac Demarco, Homeshake, Connan Mockasin or Mild High Club are your bag, then you should check this out.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Even As We Speak, Boyracer, Action Painting!, Secret Shine
Four Band Compilation (Ex-Sarah Records Bands)

Just in time for the Sarah Records package tour of summer 2018 is this four band compilation featuring all the bands involved in the live extravaganza. Boyracer, Even As We Speak, Action Painting and Secret Shine all contribute a couple of new or unreleased tracks each. Now 'scuse me while I find my anorak.   

Ed Sheeran
+

Life is pain. That, my dear Norman Records™ customer, is just how it is. Break-ups. Boring jobs. Tax returns. Penalty shootouts. Famine. War. Pestilence. Brexit. There is no escape, and there is no true respite. The moments of happiness, of gaiety and light, are but a dappling of sunshine on the shadowed path of mortality. In every triumph lurks failure; in every victory, defeat. But in the darkest moments, remember that we have Ed Sheeran. We have his debut LP +. We have its ubiquitous and Very Clever Indeed singles like 'The A Team'. We have his MBE. Well technically he has it, but really it was awarded to all of us for battling on through the gallows comedy that is to live and breathe on planet Earth. At least - ahh, so very much at least - we have Ed.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Ed Sheeran
X

The year, 2113; the setting, Earth. The planet is a withered corpse. Ravaged by the climate catastrophes and nuclear wars of the previous century, human life has become impossible to support. Societies have either fought themselves into extinction or set off to colonise Mars. The plastic content in the oceans has destroyed all marine life and turned the water into a strange grey substance with the consistency of tapioca pudding. 85% of the Earth’s surface has become uninhabitable due to the merging of all four of the seasons into one year-long period of ultra-heat. In the arctic circle, on the last remaining ice floe, a single tannoy and a lone polar bear. Over the tannoy, Ed Sheeran’s second studio LP X plays on a loop. The polar bear gazes pensively out over the white wastes. These songs mean nothing to him. He sees the sun dip over the lip of horizon. Six months of darkness are come. He lets out a low grunt, barely more than a whisper. Somewhere in the swirl of his subconscious, he asks himself if he will survive this time around. ‘I need you darling, come on set the tone ...’
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Lemon Twigs
Go To School

The Lemon Twigs debut album Do Hollywood was loved by Norman customers despite what the staff thought, so you’d probably like to know about it’s follow-up, huh? Go To School is a concept album telling the life story of a chimp called Shane whose dad just happens to be Todd Rundgren. Jody Stephens from Big Star and Natalie Mering AKA Weyes Blood make guest appearances. 2LP and CD on 4AD.
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  • 4AD

Justice
Woman Worldwide

While touring Woman, Justice had to reconfigure the album to be suited to being played live. This process unearthed a different side to the album's tracks, one they have documented in the studio on Woman Worldwide. They didn't stop there though, and played some of their best known tracks in the same style as well.

Anna Meredith
Anno

Certainly doing pretty nicely amongst the chattering arts set, thank you very much, Anna Meredith won Scottish Album of the Year award for her debut 'Varmints' and has been artist in residence and sat on panels and all that sort of stuff. Now she releases a new collaboration with the Scottish Ensemble where she intertwines original work with bits from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. 

Parekh & Singh
Science City

Parekh & Singh present their second LP, and boy is it lush. Science City perhaps lands somewhere between the gorgeous dream-pop of Beach House and the textured arrangements of Grizzly Bear: in any case, its eleven tracks make up a beautiful and rich listen. Science City  is released by the Peacefrog label.

Eyes of Love
End of The Game

Eyes Of Love are the crew of Andrea Schiavelli, a Brooklyn, NY songwriter, and the group includes members of bands like Horn Horse, Sweet Baby Jesus and The Cradle. End Of The Game, the debut album, is full of intricate and leftfield arrangements, sounding super precise even though the full band tracks were recorded live without overdubs or fancy trickery! Released by Wharf Cat Records.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Dizzy
Baby Teeth

Cutesy Canadian four-piece Dizzy release their cutesily-entitled debut LP via Communion. Baby Teeth (cute) is full of dream-pop niceness, all gently-picked guitar and glottal-stopped vocals and synth playing straight from the book of Springsteen. Sometimes Dizzy are sad, sometimes they’re happy, but they’re definitely always cute.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Just Joans
Has Anybody Seen My Boy?

Two new songs from glum sibling centric Glaswegian indie rockers. The Just Joans, formed in 2005, are built around the tempestuous relationship only siblings can have, here provided by Katie and David Pope. Has Anybody Seen My Boy shows them capitalising off the energy of 2017's You Might Be Smiling Now... for a fresh opportunity to show off how miserable they are. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Animal Collective
Tangerine Reef

2018 is the International Year of the Reef, a project which aims to bring attention to the beauty of our friends beneath the waves as well as the massive amount of harm humanity has caused them. To commemorate it Animal Collective will produce their second audiovisual album Tangerine Reef (the first was ODDSAC) in collaboration with Coral Morphologic. It's an obvious pairing, coral reefs are colourful, psychedelic, and most importantly, animals.

Mikey Collins
Hoick

Mikey Collins was the drummer in indie-pop heroes ‘Allo Darlin’. Hoick is his debut solo album and but for a little help from ‘Allo Darlin’ guitarist, Paul Rains and Tigercats’ Laura Kovic he plays all the instruments himself. For this album musical influences have been taken from Bruce Springsteen, Dexy’s Midnight Runners and Norman staff ‘favourite’ Father John Misty, to name a few. Lyrically the album explores the sea, love and friendship. LP and CD on Fika.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Vinyl Williams
Opal

Following a couple of LPs on Chaz Bundick’s Company and another for No Pain In Pop, the fourth album from Vinyl Williams comes courtesy of the wackily-named Requiem Pour Un Twister. Opal is a lovely psych-pop record that arrives just in time for summer. The ten tracks take in hypnagogic pop, MOR rock and chillwave alongside more conventionally psychedelic flavours. Williams’s old mate Bundick is invoked here along with Mild High Club and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kate Nash
Yesterday Was Forever

Another great moment in Norman Records storied history as we present to you a re-issue of Kate Nash's fourth album 'Yesterday Was Forever'. She'd already hit paydirt with 'Made of Bricks' and here set about writing confessionals about her new found fame referencing unfashionable '90s favourites such as Meredith Brooks and Annie Lennox. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Samara Lubelski
Flickers At The Station

Samara Lubelski is an experimental musician with plenty of credentials in the world of avant-garde improvisation and suchlike, but here on Flickers At The Station she brings her musicianship and songwriting into the service of highly listenable psychedelic pop music, with the kind of lush mystique of some of the best sixties beat combos. LP on Drawing Room Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Shearwater
Jet Plane and Oxbow

Surprise surprise from Shearwater, who seem to have unleashed a full-blown 1980’s synth-rock album right here. Jet Plane and Oxbow is a collection of big, widescreen songs, designed with the help of Brian Reitzell and Jesca Hoop among others. CD, double LP, or a special, independent-stores-only blue vinyl ‘Loser’ edition. On Sub Pop.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
  • Artist(s):
  • CSS
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Mikaela Davis
Delivery

After self-releasing for a few years, New York harpist/pianist/singer/songwriter/general talent Mikaela Davis has been snapped up by Rounder Records. Delivery, her first LP for the esteemed Massachusetts imprint, is a collection that balances influences from AM rock, 80s pop and a little smidgen of folk. Remember that Tobias Jesso Jr. guy from a few years ago? Davis could be his sister.

RDTK (Ricardo Donoso & Thiago Kochenborger)
Human Resources

Denovali Records (Mouse On The Keys, worriedaboutsatan) present the latest LP from a duo who have actually been together for a good 15 years now. Human Resources is the product of Brazilian two-piece RDTK - made up of former Hospital/Digitalis signee Ricardo Donoso and bassist-for-hire Thiago Kochenborger - and it’s a nervous record for nervous times. Tracks like ‘Seal The Chamber’ and ‘Affective Forecasting’ have a sort of Depeche Mode meets Nine Inch Nails vibe to them. One for all you Doomsday preppers out there.

Keston Cobblers Club
Wildfire

‘Wildfire’ is the fifth album release from folk sextet Keston Cobblers Club. Inspired by the British power pop scene and Glasgow’s dreamy indie pop, this record is a collection of sweet anthemic songs built out of swelling orchestral and choral arrangements creating a blanket fort of vocals over their folky foundations.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop