Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lykke Li
so sad so sexy

Rarely has their been a more clear expression of intent as the title of Swedish pop musician Lykke Li's fourth album, so sad so sexy. She's let behind the cinematic ambition that defined her earlier work and moved onto a style more reminiscent of the RnB you'd find topping the charts. But yeah, sad and sexy for sure.
  • Label(s):
  • RCA
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Phantastic Ferniture
Phantastic Ferniture

My instinct was to tell you that hey, Phantastic Ferniture isn't how you spell anything, but then I realised I should probably lighten up, 'cos this band make garage rock that's fun and unthinking. Counting Julia Jacklin among their numbers along with Elizabeth Hughes, Ryan K Brennan and Tom Stephens, they create work much different from their solo pet projects, going a bit harder and janglier in their quest for a good time.

ShadowParty
ShadowParty

Okay wow, so this is a collaboration between some of the newer members of DEVO and New Order. That's got to be good right! Right? Right?!? Lead single 'Celebrate' is a nice bit of anthemic stadium rock that'll do well one the festival circuit. ShadowParty is released on Mute.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kyle Falconer
No Thankyou

As someone who proudly wears jeans for more than four days in a row I'd more or less forgotten The View. So imagine my surprise when reading through the press releases I find this, the debut from View frontman Kyle Falconer. No Thank You is all anthem rock and sweeping Boney M strings and apparently The View never broke up?

The Essex Green
Cannibal Sea

The Essex Green were a part of that much-loved Elephant 6 collective, though this grouping was all gone by the time they released their third album Cannibal Sea in 2006. Positively lovely psychedelic pop to make you happy and the sun come out. Here reissued on vinyl by Merge, with a download code that also adds in three rare cuts in digital format.
  • Vinyl LP (MRG278LPC1)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Shacks
The Shacks

While you may know The Shacks best down to The Shacks opener ‘This Strange Effect’ being used in an iPhone commercial, this young NYC duo have enough about them to suggest they’re more likely to hang around than previous Apple picks like Steriogram. Their self-titled debut record features some fine songwriting pitched somewhere between Ray Davies and Mazzy Star, and singer Shannon Wise has a great husky coo that recalls Jane Birkin. Originally released in 2016, this reissue on Big Crown comes with a couple of bonus tracks.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Essex Green
The Long Goodbye

Fifteen years after initial release, here comes The Long Goodbye again, reissued in all its glory. This is the second album from The Essex Green, and their sound on it comes pouring through the speakers in waves of lovely joy. Psychedelic pop music just like they used to make it. Reissued by Merge on vinyl with a download code that includes some rare bonus tracks.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Soft Riot
The Outsider In The Mirrors

Get yourself onto YouTube and search Soft Riot and album title in the search bar, and you'll find a genuine 'promotional film', not a trailer or an album sampler, but an actual promotional film. I can't decide if this is the future of music advertisement, or a whimsical attempt at selling music? Either way, The Outsider In The Mirrors is the latest release from Soft Riot and is available on vinyl LP, CD and Tape from Possession Records. (Seriously, search that promotional video, it's hilarious). 

Belle and Sebastian
Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant

'Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant' is the fourth record by twee/indie pop band Belle & Sebastian. It's notable for featuring lead vocals from artists other than Stuart Murdoch, something that was only occasionally incorporated on predecessor 'The Boy WIth The Arab Strap'. It brings in more orchestral elements, too, relying on a proper string section.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Shallows
Pale / House Of Love

Summer-ready indie rock from this band of Liverpool strummers who have been holed up in a studio for the past 12 months readying this, their debut single. Expect anthemic big rock with driving melodies and emotional vocals. Limited 7" on their own label. Produced by Dave Sanderson (65 Days of Static/Reverend and the Makers). 
  • Vinyl 7" (SR0001)
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

John Maus
Love Is Real

There is an alternate timeline in which John Maus, rather than Ariel Pink, was the one who collaborated with Madonna.* You only need to listen to Maus’ 2006 LP Love Is Real once to know that it would have been something worth hearing. The academic punk heartthrob is in majestic form here. Psychedelic minimal wave paeans like ‘Rights For Gays’ and ‘The Silent Chorus’ spiral ever-higher. *In this reality Maus divides his time between being a massive pop star and president of the U.S.A.. It’s a great timeline.

Happy Rhodes
Ectotrophia

Here's arty US pop singer Happy Rhodes. Ectotrophia is the first properly compiled anthology of her work. Her music blends classical influences, acoustic guitars, synths along with her remarkable and endearing four-octave range voice. It all came to life in upstate New York, away from the hustle and bustle, in the mid ‘80s when she was a mere teenager. Fans of Kate Bush may find much to like here. Double LP and CD on Numero Group.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

77:78
Jellies

In a bid to outdo their previous moniker the Bees and make it something even more inconsequential this Isle of Wight collective have now renamed themselves 77:78. Remember it if you dare. The Bees were always great and this promises to be too with influences ranging from 'Smiley Smile' era Beach Boys to King Tubby to Syd Barrett. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Molly Nilsson
Single

Single contains two entirely exclusive new songs from Molly Nilsson, everyone’s favourite Swedish indie-synth-pop singer. These songs deal head-on with love and its consequences, via Nilsson’s much-loved cool and downbeat sound. Released in a limited edition of 800 7”s, each housed in a lino-block stamped sleeve along with a download card. On Night School.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

LCD Soundsystem
American Dream

You can have a strange relationship with LCD Soundsystem, a bit like Marmite - you either love them, or hate them. This ten track release, entitled American Dream, is no doubt a great collection of tracks for any LCD fan but might not be for everyone. Available on Vinyl LP and CD on DFA / Columbia.  

Simon Love
Sincerely, S. Love x

Once you get past the naff cover artwork and title, Sincerely, S. Love x is a good fun romp from twee-pop chanteur Simon Love. Across the ten tracks here, Love does that sort of Belle And Sebastian/Arab Strap/Regina Spektor thing of fusing folk-pop tropes with wry, self-deprecating lyricism. He seems like a nice bloke. Out via the prolific Tapete Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Ana Silvera
Oracles

In 2011 Ana Silvera composed her piece Oracles in response to losing her mother and brother in quick succession. Playing it to sell out shows with Imogen Heap, she went into the studio in 2015 with Bill Laurance (Snarky Puppy), Jasper Høiby (Phronesis) and a number of musicians to lay it down. Finally released through Gearbox this is a truly soul stirring affair.

Years & Years
Palo Santo

New record from popular young people band led by charismatic and enormo-browed singer Olly Alexander.. currently Harrogate's biggest export. The trio play a highly commercial brand of synth pop that appeals to the X Factor crowd but by way of catchy songs and Alexander's left wing, openly gay persona dig a little deeper than the usual download chart tat. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Bamboo
Prince Pansori Priestess

Bamboo is a new collaboration between members of Peepholes and Trash Kit. What they are all about is busy, colourful, slightly off-key synth-pop. Prince Pansori Priestess is highly listenable (and often danceable), whilst also not sounding quite like anything else. Pressed to 180g white vinyl, in a limited edition of 500 copies on Upset The Rhythm.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Even As We Speak
Feral Pop Frenzy

Hang on  - that's not the original sleeve. Where did that wolf come from? (it's a Dingo) Anyway wolf or no wolf (Dingo?) this is a great album. Even As We Speak were the brightest and shiniest Sarah records band. As if the Go Betweens thought ah fuck it let's become Saint Etienne and made an album of technicolour pop. Essential re-issue on Emotional Response.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Apostille
Choose Life

Glaswegian, Night School Records manager and probable trainspotter Apostille (one Michael Kasparis) upsets the rhythm on Upset the Rhythm with his new album Choose Life. This one follows 2015’s Powerless with upbeat retro (especially the bass) synthpop. Good luck un-seeing the cover photo ever.

Fascinator
Water Sign

Whether Johnny Mackay - the guy on the cover of Water Sign and 100% of the members of Fascinator - takes his whimsy seriously or is just having a laff may be up for debate, but you certainly can’t fault him for effort. The eleven pop songs on this LP are called things like ‘Sex Crystals’ and are all administered with an archness that may or may not be knowing. Either way, this should be worse than it is. Imagine a Frankenband constructed from Empire Of The Sun, Darwin Deez and The Happy Mondays that - somehow! - ended up being good.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Hana Vu
How Many Times Have You Driven By

Dreamy bedroom pop and lo-fi hip-hop beats from Los Angeles based Hana Vu. Despite only being 17, Vu's been writing music for years, and has even collaborated with Willow Smith. On How Many Times Have You Driven BY she explores the knife-edge that is solitude, in which Vu has found a place to pursue her craft. On Luminelle Recordings, a new Fat Possum offshoot.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

National Jazz Trio Of Scotland
Standards Vol. IV

The National Jazz Trio of Scotland are the collective led by heavily bearded composer Bill Wells. Thing is they are neither a trio nor play jazz. However they are from Scotland so that bit is correct and the album does contain moments of jazz amidst its outsider pop and modern composition. As well as ten Bill Wells originals there is a collaboration with Aidan Moffat and a cover version of fellow eccentric Scot Richard Youngs.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Hit Parade
Oh Honey I...

Secretive, ageless indie outfit The Hit Parade drop in from their native habitat (the 1960s) to deliver a new 7”. The titular A-side ‘Oh Honey I…’ recalls Shelagh Delaney’s drama A Taste of Honey and/or its 1961 film adaptation, while the B-side ‘History of Art’ pays homage to the late novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard. As always, it’s a labour of love by the band - cut by hand, recorded in mono, limited edition.
  • Label(s):
  • JSH
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Let’s Eat Grandma
I’m All Ears

Teenage duo Let’s Eat Grandma aim to consolidate their position as creative and dynamic artists in a world of musical homogeneity. I’m All Ears is bigger and bolder than debut LP I, Gemini, whilst also knowing when to rein in the ferocity or majesty. They’ve enlisted the help of a range of renowned producers too: David Wrench(The xx, Frank Ocean Caribou), SOPHIE (Madonna) and Faris Badwan (The Horrors). Double LP (including limited edition translucent yellow vinyl if you're quick enough) and CD on Transgressive.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

alt-J
RELAXER

It's hard to say how Alt J were Grammy and Brit award nominated for their last album This Is All Yours but it did actually happen. They've been all over London recording this one and the sounds of the lead track 3WW this could be their most experimental work yet. Pretty interesting stuff it has to be said.      

Florence + The Machine
High As Hope

Florence Welch and her Machine are back with fourth album High as Hope. Besides the usual lineup, this time the Machine can count Jamie xx, Kamasai Washington, Sampha and Tobias Jesso Jr. among its turning cogs. Despite the collaborations, things tend to sound quite stripped-down and sincere, as Welch gracefully covers love, loneliness and other intimate lyrical topics.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Sparks
The Best & The Rest Of The Island Years 74-78

Although they've intermittently done brilliant stuff over the years (and continue to do so), the golden era for Sparks was probably the 1974-1978 era when they were signed to Island. This included great albums such as Kimono My House and Propaganda. This collection comprises the 'best' bits and on LP2 you get the 'rest' - i.e. all the B sides from the period.   

Wild Moccasins
Look Together

New West Records (All Them Witches, Ben Folds) drops the third LP from Texan group Wild Moccasins. Look Together will be seen by history as the moment the band went for broke trying to make it as a Big Pop Group. Produced by Ben H. Allen, who has helmed records for Gnarls Barkley and Animal Collective, tracks like ‘Longtime Listener’ have choruses aimed squarely at late-afternoon main stage slots. Time will tell if Wild Moccasins have their wish granted. Blondie spring to mind, but if they were, like, Of Montreal instead.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Saint Ballantine
All Saint’s Day

Nice to see the old album title artist name pun gag is still in circulation. Saint Ballantine (Brooklyn buddies Andrew Thomas Reid and Brian Marc, the latter of Denitia & Sene) specialise in downtempo electro-soul with muscular, often fuzzy and occasionally gloopy basslines and multitracked vocals. The track ‘Follow’ also features Macklemore and Ryan Lewis collaborator Hollis.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Chvrches
Love Is Dead

This is Chvrches latest record called Love Is Dead and it contains a whole load of sparkly new tracks that, at some point, you'll hear floating around on the ol' radio. These 13 tracks are available on multiple formats; two vinyl LP's, one blue coloured and one transparent, and on CD. Released on Virgin EMI.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Embrace
Love Is A Basic Need (Orchestral)

It’s the semi-final of the 2018 Fifa World Cup™, and it’s Germany vs. England. After a thrilling contest that involved a bust-up between Gundogan and Henderson, a perfectly good goal by Draxler that was disallowed despite the use of VAR and Marcus Rashford nutmegging Mats Hummels, it’s finished a draw and gone to penalties. Germany have won the toss and are kicking first. They’ve duly plugged all five - Pickford got a hand to Werner’s, but he couldn’t keep it out. Plucky old England have matched them on the first four - Stones (bottom-right), Welbeck (Panenka), Kane (blasted in off the bar) and Loftus-Cheek (another Panenka), Lions the lot of them. But now it’s crunch time. A sharp intake of breath from every member of the playing and coaching staff. They know that if they miss this one, their Jules Rimet will remain gleaming and the Years Of Hurt counter they have hanging in the toilets at the FA will have to wait four more years before it is reset. Up steps Raheem Sterling, the man above all other men that some would love to see fail. He’s got some chutzpah, after all the pre-tournament gripes, to put himself on the line like this. In a sense he's already won, though in a more real sense he very much hasn't. Manuel Neuer, the first goalkeeper to play with a broom, spits on his gloves and paces his line, eyeballing Raheem the whole time. Raheem just stares at the ball, trying to figure out which of the Adidas Telstar 18’s thermally-bonded panels will connect most truly with the laces of his garish boots. Gareth Southgate - a man who knows a thing or two about missing penalties in semi-finals against Germany - stands, face drawn, on the halfway-line, his arm around Stuart Pearce who is there for some reason. Back home you could hear a Pimms drop. A statue of Horatio Nelson gains sentience and raises its sword to the sky. Pints hover in mid-air. Big Ben ceases to chime. England expects… … as the credits begin to roll, bringing the curtain down on the England men's team's biggest game for a generation, an orchestral rendering of something from Embrace’s top 5 album Love Is A Basic Need is piped into a million living rooms.

Gorillaz
The Now Now

After the messy and uninspired Humanz, The World’s Most Famous Virtual Group™ needed a shake-up. So Gorillaz have locked up their bassist and hellraiser-in-chief Murdoc and drafted in a new member, Ace, in his place. The Now Now features eleven new tunes from Damon Albarn and his Merry Men. Early signs are promising - first single ‘Humility’ features George Benson and sees them rediscover a little of the sunny charm of Plastic Beach.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

All We Are
I Wear You / Honey

All We Are came together under unlikely circumstances, bringing together people it would cost a lot of postage to get here and there: comprised of artists from Norway, Ireland and Brazil, the band met in Liverpool an started making indispensable music with a lot of harmonizing and communal affection. The 'I Wear You / Honey' 7" teases their forthcoming record, which is produced by Dan Carey, of Hot Chip and M.I.A. fame. These dudes don't really sound like M.I.A. though.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Amateur Best
Be Happy / The Wave


  • Vinyl 7" (DD010)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Amateur Best
Ready For The Good Life


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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

New Build
Medication


  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Melody's Echo Chamber
Bon Voyage

Melody Prochet is back -- finally, after very nearly a six-year wait -- with her gloriously panoramic psych-pop project Melody's Echo Chamber. Following a lengthy absence and illness, Bon Voyage is the sophomore follow-up to Prochet's self-titled debut of 2012. We hope for great things after her initial opus: an enchanting blend of breathless pop and whirlwind psychedelia. Plenty of expansive grooves are promised. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Component#4
A Sentence

Have any of our customers ever been to prison? Well Mike Rowley AKA Component #4 used to work in one and this EP is inspired by the sounds and smells of what goes on behind bars. It is a concept piece about young person frustrated by their life taking in real events and mirroring Rowley's own thoughts and feelings. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Sink Ya Teeth
Sink Ya Teeth

NYC, London, Berlin … Norwich? The East Anglian city might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of danceable post-punk, but Sink Ya Teeth emerge from Norfolk with an LP to give the likes of ESG and !!! a run for their money. They’ve toured with the latter, as well as Moon Duo, and are about to set off for a jaunt with A Certain Ratio. The likes of ‘Pushin’’ and ‘Glass’ are fun, lithe electro-pop jams.

Various
Swinging Mademoiselles

This collection, out on limited-edition neon pink vinyl via Silva Screen, features rare tracks from the heyday of France's Yé Yé phenomenon, in which sultry young French women, armed with a dreamy innocence, sang sparkling, swinging Gallic pop. Featuring Petula Clark, Jacqueline Taieb and Katy David, expect vibrant vocals and alluring hits. 

Danny Goffey
Schtick

Who knew so many different artists would emerge out of Supergrass? Well ok there's two in Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey. The latter was formerly known as Vangoffey and released a much praised solo album in 2015 but now he's back under his birth name.  Like every other record in 2018 it is inspired by the events going on around us...and guess who sings on it? None other than Sir Brett Anderson of Suede.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Alexis Taylor
Listen With(out) Piano

Alexis Taylor is the esteemed face of indietronica kings, Hot Chip. In 2016 he dropped his solo offering, Piano, and he now returns with a companion to his nuanced debut - Listen With(out) Piano. Described as "a series of multiple clothes to be put onto a deliberately bare record" by Taylor, this compilation of remixes is a delight for any electronic aficionado.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Various
The Amazing Singing Record

The Amazing Singing Record contains eight up-and-coming artists from Arizona. Each act contributes two songs. From the wonky country of Gene Tripp, the soothing analogue pop of Electrsad, lof-fi beauty of Amatuer Hour, The throat-ripping anthems of Cereal Milk, the overdriven riotous energy of The English Teeth, the reverb-drenched pop of Diners, the melodic indie of Nanami Ozone to the emotional indie-rock of Lil Bobby Jr. this will be of great interest to fans of US indie rock. Limited edition of 300 vinyl LPs on Emotional Response.
  • Vinyl LP (ER52)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
  • Label(s):
  • 586
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Xander Duell
Experimental Tape No2. Vol 1


  • Vinyl LP (MEX083)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Jane Weaver and Virginia Wing / Death And Vanilla / Noveller
Lost Library

The return of Fire records "Lost Library" series is a stormer with Jane Weaver singing atop Virginia Wing on a Suzanne Menzel song, Noveller tackling John Carpenter's 'The Thing' and Death and Vanilla re-imagine Bert Jansch's “Moonshine”. All showcase the female fronted bands on Fire's roster. So even better right?  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Trevor Powers
Mulberry Violence

Not to harp on about it because he's clearly moved on but Trevor Power used to make beautifully emotive dream-pop under the name Youth Lagoon. Throughout those years Power was learning more and more about different styles of music and art, and on Mulberry Violence brings together a wide variety of ideas and sounds to create something stranger and more textural than his past work. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Bjork
Blissing Me

Taken from Bjork’s latest full length Utopia, here we have two remixes of the track Blissing Me. One with experimental artist serpentwithfeet’s (Tri Angle) unique gospel like voice, and the second removes everything except the harp and Bjork’s vocals. Limited 12” on One Little Indian.
  • Vinyl 12" (1442TP12)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Cigarettes After Sex
Cigarettes After Sex

This is the debut full-length album from Cigarettes After Sex, following up on a number of EPs. They’ve stepped things up for the occasion, with a sound more widescreen than ever before. The songs are romantic in subject matter and sonic construction: this could well be the soundtrack to your next heartache. CD and LP editions available on Partisan Records.

Kississippi
Sunset Blush

Kississippi! This project that Zoe Reynolds has been working with since 2014 at last reaches the fruition of a full-length debut album, and she’d reckon that Sunset Blush is exactly where she wants her music to be. Zoe’s intimate indie-rock comes covered in lovely reverb, and arrives just in time for the summer. Vinyl release on Alcopop.

Ta-Ra
SunrayZ

French upstart—and Youtube sensation—Ta-Ra (formerly known as Ta-Ha) drops her debut vinyl release with ‘SunrayZ’, a mini LP showcasing her trademark ethereal R&B. She’s dark and brooding on ‘Kawasaki Ninja’, and chill and dreamy on ‘Death Ray’, but it’s her syrupy, molasses-soaked vocals that hold it all together seamlessly.
  • Vinyl LP (HC054)
  • £19.49 £11.69 (saving: £7.80)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Gruff Rhys
Babelsberg

Here's the latest from Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys which is his first for Rough Trade in quite some time. He's recorded it with composer Stephen McNeff and the (wait for it) 72 piece BBC National Orchestra of Wales. That's an amazing amount of people/instruments. Early indications suggest it is his best album to date which is quite some going as the lad is a very consistent performer as it is.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Virginia Wing
Ecstatic Arrow

Changes can take time and Virginia Wing have slowly been morphing from a Broadcast-like psych pop band into something much more psychedelic and esoteric. Hints of greatness were found on their previous 'Measures of Joy' album but 'Ecstatic Arrow' should see the full hatching of the new band. Last year's collaboration with XAM Duo was excellent so we have high hopes for this.  

Jamie Isaac
(04:30) Idler

Croydonian jazz-popper Jamie Isaac is ready with a second album proper in (4:30) Idler. This one is largely informed by the young fellow’s troubles with insomnia, as evidenced by such sober titles as ‘Doing Better’, ‘Maybe’ and indeed, ‘Sleep’. Vintage synth electronica and R&B cling to a jazzy frame, allowing confessional weariness to coexist with warm pop hooks.

Gabriella Cohen
Pink Is The Colour of Unconditional Love

Captured Tracks have gone and captured themselves another bunch of tracks from Australian songsmith Gabriella Cohen. The follow-up to her 2015 debut LP sees Cohen honing her craft and turning in some well-heeled indie-pop in the vein of labelmates Mac Demarco and Craft Spells. With songwriting this good, Pink Is The Colour Of Unconditional Love could well prove to be a big record for 2018.

Jorja Smith
Lost & Found

Following a bunch of self-released singles, Walsall-born Jorja Smith drops her debut album, Lost & Found. The twenty year old is known for her collaborations with Stormzy, Drake and Kali Uchis, but the twelve tracks on her debut give her the chance to show us the real Jorja Smith. LP and CD on FAMM.

Diplo
California

Diplo, the super-producer (do we still use that term?) behind Major Lazer and many big pop smashes, provides the people with a six track EP of new material. Though it's just an EP, he’s managed to squeeze in eight guest artists into the tracklisting, including Santigold, Trippie Redd and Lil Yachty. 12” EP with CD version included.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Get Well Soon
The Horror

Get Well Soon is the musical project of German multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, Konstantin Gropper. The Horror is his sixth album and like his previous efforts, it offers up some musical complexity and intelligent lyrics. Gropper has previously collaborated with filmmaker Wim Wenders on the soundtrack to his 2008 film, Palermo Shooting. 2LP and CD on Caroline International.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Laura Jean
Devotion

Chapter Music present the latest LP from Australian Music Prize nominee and Jenny Hval collaborator Laura Jean. Devotion is quite a departure from the music of Jean’s previous albums, with the singer trading her previously folksy sound in for a peppy synth-pop look. Tracks like ‘Girls On The TV’ and ‘Touchstone’ wouldn’t sound out of place on Italians Do It Better.

Scent
KIM EP

Scent are a three-piece from London who play what I can only describe as semi-ethereal indie-pop. Kim EP is their debut single. The band are keen to throw people like me, who try to tell the general public about them, off their scent (no pun intended) with weird and incomprehensible press releases. Anyway, they’re new to Wichita Recordings and they have a pretty good track record of signing successful bands, so why not give 'em a go? One sided 12" single, limited to 300 copies.
  • Vinyl 12" (WEBB515T)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Richard Thorncroft
The Unadorned Truth

Aptly described as “Erotic Power Rock”, and that pretty much sums it up, throw in every possible 80s cliché and you’ve got this three track single from Richard Thorncroft (Julian Barrett), also known as Mindhorn, the detective from Barrett’s latest film of the same name. With tracks like You Can’t Handcuff The Wind you can’t really go wrong for a laugh.
  • Label(s):
  • BMG
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Richard Youngs
Amaranthine


  • Vinyl LP (MIE 009)
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Golden Age of TV / Engine
Television / And I Say

The latest double A-side from Leeds label Come Play With Me (Harkin, Magic Mountain) fronts two more fine bits of West Yorks indie. The Golden Age Of TV do a No Doubt thing on ‘Television’, and who doesn’t like a bit of Gwen Stefani et al? On the flip we get ‘And I Say’, the first new material from Engine since their excellent 2017 EP Cucumber Water. It’s another melodic, psychy stroll from the group.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

LCD Soundsystem
LCD Soundsystem

A re-issue (though not approved by the band) of LCD Soundsystem's debut LP from back in 2005. This is the one that contains the now classic 'Daft Punk Is Playing In My House' and first shot the magpie like enthusiasm of James Murphy's disco and post punk influenced production on to an unsuspecting but ready to dance world.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Battle
Demons


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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Palm Springs
No Love Is Ever Lost

Palm Springs are from London and from Brighton, where they seem to have tapped into a deep lineage of guitar-focused classic indie rock. But with a few licks of electronica around the edges too! No Love Is Ever Lost is released on 12” vinyl via an imprint operated by Palm Springs themselves: Random Acts Of Vinyl.

PYRIT
Control

Thomas Kuratli returns for his second album as PYRIT. Control explores what it's like to be locked inside a machine drawing from influences like Portishead, David Lynch, and The Haxan Cloak. Watch out Charlie Brooker, there's a new creative stylishly stidying the horrors and wonders of technology. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (BKM16)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

A Certain Ratio
Good Together

Good Together was originally released in 1989 and marked a temporary foray into the world of major labels for A Certain Ratio. After five albums with Factory Records, the Manchester post-punk band signed for A&M for album number 6. Presumably they wanted to be label-mates with Sting. Good Together is reissued by Mute (who DO NOT release Sting records) and available on white double vinyl LP and CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Karen Meat
You’re An Ugly Person

Built on a foundation of mid-fi girl group inspired songs, Karen Meat, AKA Iowa resident, Arin Eaton released her first recordings, She’s Drunk Like The Rest Of Us, as a cassette in 2016. With her debut album You’re An Ugly Person, she keeps her mid-fi aesthetic, but the girl group sound is replaced by a kind of deadpan funky pop. LP on Emotional Response.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

John Foxx
Metamatic (Deluxe)

John Foxx left Ultravox to be replaced as singer by Midge Ure. Metamatic, originally released in 1980, was his first solo effort. Whilst sticking with electronic music, Foxx eschwed the soft synth convention of Ultravox to create a harder-edged, less commercial sound. This 3-CD reissue comes in a clamshell case with 6 art cards and a 40 page booklet. For the uninitiated, fans of Gary Numan et al should check this out.

Joe Goddard
So Much / Human Touch

After a decade and a half with Hot Chip, time as half of 2 Bears, owning the record label Greco Roman and two solo albums, Joe Goddard has decided to focus his energy on the club scene with the first of two 12” singles. So Much brings some deep house to the floor whilst the flip, Human Touch ploughs the dark electro furrow. 12” on Domino.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Boys
Rest In Peace

Boys is actually a girl (oh whatever next?) Nora Karlsson from the north bit of Sweden who once played in psych pop outfit Holy but now goes it alone.  She's moved on from her initial lo-fi recordings and is now is seen as one of Sweden's most accomplished songwriters garnering praise from all sorts of mags.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

School Damage
Sings... Four Songs About One Cat

Australian quartet School Damage have followed up their debut LP, Battered Lives with Sings….Four Songs About One Cat, an EP dedicated to their maverick cat, Lumpy. The band started as a bedroom project for Carolyn Hawkins before expanding into a four piece. They take their influences from The Particles, Young Marble Giants and The Vaeslines and feature members of Chook Race, Parsnip, Ausmuteants and Frowning Clouds. 7” on Upset The Rhythm.

Radiohead
OK Computer - OKNOTOK 1997-2017

If you happen to be a fan of this album then here’s something you might want to get your mitts on. The whole album remastered plus the B sides from the singles of the time plus the holy grail for Radiohead fans,  three unreleased and long sought after tracks dug out of the vaults. All formats have all the bonus stuff on so if you miss out on the opaque blue vinyl you are still ok (computer).  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Snow Patrol
Wildness

Gary, Nathan, Paul, Johnny, and Jonny return at last with Wildness. Quite a few years in the making, not least as it was scrapped and begun again from scratch midway in, the album reliably packs enough crestfallen indie plodcore to soundtrack an entire season of Grey’s Anatomy. The discerning fan may pick from black vinyl, picture disc, basic CD or deluxe CD with hardback book.

Tracyanne & Danny
Tracyanne & Danny

This is a does-what-it-says-on-the-tin collaboration between Tracey Anne Campbell of Camera Obscura and Danny Coughlan (Crybaby).  A classic get together story, they liked each other's music then decided to collaborate. This took a number of years to sort out but they hooked up at Edwyn Collins' highland studio with the great man himself producing.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Halo Maud
Je Suis Une Île

French singer-songwriter Maud Nadal releases the debut LP from her Helo Maud project via Heavenly. Nadal's time as a touring member of Melody’s Echo Chamber and Moodoid have clearly had some influence on the Paris-based artist. Tracks like ‘Tu Sais Comme Je Suis’ and ‘Baptism’ are lovely, dreamy psych-pop takes that balance retro compositional sensibilities with modern production chops.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Fonda 500
I Heart Fonda 500

I never thought I'd hear the name Fonda 500 again but here they are back after ten years with their mixing bowl of indie-pop sounds from electronica to sunshine pop and everything in between. The band were much lauded back in the day and having taken their time over this they have created something timeless and joyous with a total disregard for the confines of genres.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Ari Roar
Calm Down

Who doesn't love green vinyl? Bella Union continue their run of badass releases with this album from Texan singer/songwriter Caleb Campbell, aka Ari Roar, a 60's-inspired pop record that fuses languid, lo-fi vibes with garage-band energy. Nods to psychedelia amp up the energy, while Campbell's tender voice delivers intimacy and immediacy. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Near Future
Ideal Home

‘80s electro-poppers Blancmange are still going, who knew! Neil Arthur, now the only member has collaborated with Bernholz, an electronic artist who performs solo and as part of Gazelle Twin, as Near Future. Ideal home is a minimal, glacial, remote and quite beautiful album which has developed slowly between the pair over a couple of years. LP and CD on Blanc Check Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Pictish Trail
Who’s Comin’ In?

The Pictish Trail is just one of many projects that Johnny Lynch is involved in. From running Fence Records and Lost Map Records, the musically obsessed Scot has also collaborated with James Yorkston, Malcolm Middleton and Adem with whom he formed Silver Columns. Recent events in his life include supporting Belle and Sebastian and signing to Fire Records to release his new album Future Echoes from which Who’s Comin’ In? is lifted. This 12” features remixes by Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and KT Tunstall, credited as Tunnelz.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

SOHN
Hue / Nil

“Show me something that I’ve never seen / ‘Cause I’m lost and I need feeding / Give me things that I’ve never heard / ‘Cause I’m bad at seeing ahead, it’s true” croons SOHN (Englishman Christopher Taylor) on sorrowful a-side ‘Hue’. These and other croons await on this latest twelve. On the flip you’ll find ‘Nil’, with moodier, more upbeat croons. The result falls somewhere between the classic 4AD sound and contemporary alternative R&B.
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Eleanor Friedberger
Rebound

Rebound is the fourth solo album by Eleanor Friedberger, which follows 2016’s New View. Since going solo from The Fiery Furnaces, a band she was in with her musically...er...interesting brother, Friedberger has quietly been getting on with her business and writing some pretty classy indie rock, taking inspiration from The Beatles through to ‘70s folk-pop. LP and CD on Frenchkiss.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Fra Lippo Lippi
Golden Slumbers: The Very Best Of

The Norwegian synthpop band went from post-punk / goth origins to a more sophisticated style that saw them produced by Walter Becker and scoring worldwide hits with the likes of Shouldn’t Have To Be Like That. Former member Rune Kristoffersen founded the revered label Rune Grammofon, on which this, their first compilation to appear on vinyl, is released.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

EYE
005

Two flips of the same tune here on the secretive EYE’s fifth single, and a fine track it is too. There’s something of Hercules and Love Affair’s downtempo cuts here in the way the horns dance around a languid, soulful vocal, and the boozy groove comes off like a bedroom pop D’Angelo. Vinyl only and each one has a lovely hand-painted sleeve.
  • Vinyl 12" (EYE005)
  • £7.99 £4.79 (saving: £3.20)
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  • Last copy
  • Artist(s):
  • EYE
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

EYE
004


  • Vinyl 12" (EYE004)
  • £7.99 £4.79 (saving: £3.20)
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  • Last copy
  • Artist(s):
  • EYE
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Modern Studies
Welcome Strangers

Recorded in the charmingly-named Pumpkinfield Studio in Perthshire, the elaborate Welcome Strangers is what Scottish quartet Modern Studies did next. Drawn from the myriad interests of all four members, the album dresses a core of folk-pop compositions with all sorts of subtle electronics, experimental instrumental and recording techniques and a wide array of sound sources.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Charles Watson
Now That I’m A River

Charles Watson claims that he has now become a river, but how can that be? Much more believable is that he is a member of both Slow Club and The Surfing Magazines, and that he is now rolling solo on record for the first time. Now That I’m A River is a self-produced album that takes Watson’s literary songwriting into some interesting, sampletastic directions. Out on Moshi Mosh.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Young Guv
2 Sad 2 Funk

The loveable scamps at Glasgow’s Night School (Happy Meals, Julia Holter) have locked down the latest LP from Young Guv. The Canadian artist has about a decade of releases under his belt at this point, but 2 Sad 2 Funk ranks among his best. Channelling Toro Y Moi, Prince, Porches and more, this is a synth-pop album that manages to be simultaneously funny and affecting.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Duckworth Lewis Method
Sticky Wickets

The Duckworth Lewis Method was a collaboration between the Divine Comedy honcho Neil Hannon and Thomas Walsh of Pugwash where the duo combined their love of the rarely seen bedfellows of cricket and melodic soft rock. Sticky Wickets was their second album of sweetly tuneful cricket-themed musings all of which are better than Howzat by Sherbert. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Good Morning
Prize // Reward

Good morning to you too, lads. The debut full-length LP from this friendly Aussie group is the sort of nice young record that you could take home to meet the parents. Tracks like ‘Elevator’ and ‘Mirror Freak’ are lo-fi Millennial pop par excellence. The press release advises us not to compare the group to Mac Demarco, but, like, they do sound like Mac Demarco.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Örvar Smárason
Light Is Liquid

Twenty years after co-founding múm back in 1997, Örvar Smárason at last takes a dip solo with the rather trippily-titled Light is Liquid. Órvar’s touch in múm is traceable in the brittle melancholy, twee cuteness and rattling early 2000s bedroom electronica beats of these songs - especially the two featuring Sillas. But the album also reaches further into graceful synthpop territory.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Boxing / Park Fires
Circles / Wake Me Up

The ever-reliable singles club Come Play With Me (Mansion Of Snakes, Harkin) have unearthed yet more new talent for their latest split 7”. Leeds duo Park Fires drop the sort of big-room synth-pop smash that Sia and Lorde would tear up the charts with had they been the ones to write it. The Boxing crank it up on the B-side - ‘Circles’ is a nice chunk of psych-rawk with a good ear for melody.

John Maus
Addendum

Another John Maus record so soon? Quick succession is a nice thing. Following up last year's gloom-pop masterclass Screen Memories, which encapsulated everything good about this stuffy Philosophy academic and underground star, Maus gets out the keyboards again for Addendum, twelve more tunes that see him through caution even further into the wind.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Ash
Islands

Now, I thought Ash had given up after 2001’s Free All Angels album, so it was a surprise to find them releasing a new album, Islands in 2018. It turns out however, that I was totally wrong, and all though productivity has slowed since their late ‘90s heyday, they’ve still been making albums. Islands is their 7th offering, with the original 3-piece still intact, and comes three years after 2015’s Kablammo! Available as fancy metallic silver vinyl LP, black vinyl LP and CD on Infectious Music.
  • Artist(s):
  • Ash