Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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  • BMG
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Caroline Says
There's No Fool Like An Old Fool

Apparently Austin musician Caroline Sallee AKA Caroline Says worked three jobs when writing songs for this her second LP. So if you count writing music as a job then that's four. Who says musicians have it easy? Anyway this is an album influenced by moving to a new town, living in awful places shot through with the on the road melancholy of Bruce Springteen's 'Nebraska'.    

Zero 7
7 X 7

For Record Store Day 2018 chill-out experts Zero 7 handpicked some of their favourite tracks from across their career and released them on a lavish 7" box set. The collectible nature of the set is amplified by artwork from in demand graphic designer Julian House. First time on vinyl for a lot of these tracks.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Natalie Prass
Natalie Prass

Between all the techno remixes and experimental punk bands from big city suburbs, Nathalie Prass is a refreshing singer-songwriter who knows how to encapture us with her pretty voice. We love being able to offer you something as simple, catchy and beautiful as her self-titled debut. Be careful not to go head over heels for her… We saw her first!
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Tess Roby
Beacon

Tess Roby’s debut LP Beacon, out via Italians Do It Better (Chromatics, Glass Candy), is a well-wrought collection of electronic ballads. Bringing to mind a more considered and nuanced version of Zola Jesus, Roby’s poised vocals dovetail with gently purring synthesisers, keening organs and little curls of electric guitar.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Sarah Mary Chadwick
Sugar Still Melts In The Rain

It does. Nothing has changed there. Sarah Mary Chadwick likes telling us stuff. Last time out she told us 'Roses Always Die' which is also true. Her splintered, confessional folk music is bare and autobiographical and influenced by the reams of oddball New Zealand musicians who have carved careers doing their own thing amid worldwide indifference. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Tigercats
Pig City

Tigercats come through with their third LP, and first for new label El Segell De Primavera (Primavera Sound). Though born of frustration with the incessant march of gentrification in their native East London, Pig City channels this fury with righteousness. Afrobeat, psych-rock, indie-rock and Gang Gang Dance-esque globalist pop are all tossed into the pot. Tracks like ‘Perfect Fried Chicken’ bring to mind some sort of collaboration between Ebo Taylor and Kurt Vile.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Mild High Club
Skiptracing

Mild High Club’s second album in just a year has a pleasing concept: the idea is that a private detective is on the trail of “the spirit of American music” circa the 1970’s. What he finds is Skiptracing, a cool suite of Californian groove and Steely Dan-esque jazz-inflected mellow-rock. A fun record on Stones Throw.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Space Lady
The Space Lady's Greatest Hits

“Ethereal street musician who plays space music wearing a winged helmet”, says the website. It’s pretty bang on. The Space Lady has been playing her strange electronic music for some thirty to forty years, and now has the Greatest Hits she deserves. Weird, spacey and fun. The vinyl has a download code and the CD comes with a bonus CD.

Gaz Coombes
World's Strongest Man

This Norman Records™ blurb writer loved Supergrass as a wee nipper, so it was with glee that he clicked through to write the description for the new Gaz Coombes LP. Then he read the press-release for World’s Strongest Man. The former SG frontman’s third solo album claims to have taken inspiration from ‘Grayson Perry’s The Descent of Man, Frank Ocean’s Blonde, Californian weed, British woodlands, unchecked masculinity, Neu! and hip hop (and a whole lot more besides)’. Could go either way, this one. Mind you - ‘Deep Pockets’, the record’s first single, is a promising start. It’s a sort of psych-rock reimagining of Wayne Smith’s ‘Under Me Sleng Teng’. Hopefully the rest of the thing falls on the right side of the fence.

Belly
Dove

The golden period for the reformation of '90s bands continues apace with news of the first Belly album in 20 years. Tanya Donnelly's post Throwing Muses/the Breeders outfit have reformed with all the original members for a ten track album that adds to their catalogue of pleasant alternative rock.  

Jeremy Jay
Demons

Here comes Californian songwriter Jeremy Jay with a new record and this time he's been listening to none other than the Cocteau Twins. So expect a dreamy LP full of dark and interesting melodies fired by Jay's voice which has seen him compared to singers as disparate as Morrissey and Gene Vincent.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Television Personalities
Privilege

The Television Personalities were initially a playful DIY pop project with nods galore to the 1960s but as their career went on their albums became darker hued and more troubled. A good example of this latter approach is their 1990 album Privilege which places Dan Treacy's darkly lyrical musings amidst a more synth-based landscape. Another fascinating dispatch re-issued on black and white marbled vinyl by long time supporters Fire. 

Jane Weaver
The Lightning Back

To accompany her very large tour with the Public Service Broadcasting, vintage synth loving fan of all things kosmiche Jane Weaver has unleashed a single from her highly acclaimed 'Modern Kosmology' album and dragged those squirming, wriggly noise people Sex Swing in for a remix. Limited edition 7" on Fire.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Haley
Bratt


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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Black Moth Super Rainbow
Panic Blooms

Welcome back Black Moth Super Rainbow, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania purveyors of music every bit as wacky and colourful as their name suggests. Their sixth LP Panic Blooms, six years since the last one, comes packing the gleefully messy, awkward, vocoded pop productions familiar to fans of previous output. But I daresay the tone this time is a touch more melancholy than usual.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Katie Von Schleicher
Glad To Be Here

Katie Von Schleicher returns with the first material since her 2017 LP Shitty Hits. ‘Glad To Be Here’ and ‘Party Dawn’ were recorded in the artist’s home of Maryland while on a break from touring, and the pair serve as Von Schleicher taking stock of how things are going. The pair are both bright-eyed, bushy-tailed leftfield pop numbers with plenty of idiosyncratic quirks, not a million miles away from Cat Power. Out via Full Time Hobby (The Hold Steady, Timber Timbre).
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Speedy Ortiz
Twerp Verse

Twerp Verse is the third album by Massachusetts indie-rockers, Speedy Ortiz. The band are fronted by ex-Teacher, songwriter and gnarly guitarist, Sadie Dupuis. They have been gaining a solid following over their seven years for their modern take on ‘90s american indie having toured with Thurston Moore, The Breeders and Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks. Available as pink with rainbow splatter vinyl LP, which also includes a bonus 7” and lyric insert, standard black vinyl LP with lyric insert, CD and Cassette.

The Radio Dept.
Teach Me To Forget

The Radio Dept. follow up their return album Running Out Of Love album with an EP called Teach Me To Forget, which contains an extended 12”  version of the title tune, a pair of entirely new songs, and three exclusive remixes. A nice little variety package offering different angles on The Radio Dept., released by the Labrador label.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Grayson Gilmour
Otherness

New Zealand’s Grayson Gilmour has popped up with fine scores for various movies in the last few years, but he hasn’t been neglecting his own independent work. Otherness arrives in a rich flurry of art-pop, with mature songwriting and cinematically-textured song design complementing each other nicely. Otherness is out via Flying Nun.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Electric Guest
Plural

Electric Guest have taken their sweet time working on their second album (the first came out way back in 2012), but the LA duo now have plenty to show for it. Plural is a cool, smooth, Danger Mouse-produced set of synthetic pop music with a summer evening aesthetic. It’s out on the Because Music label.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Helvetia
Dromomania

Helvetia make a guitar-rock that sort of lopes along casually: not so much in a slacker way, more in the sense suggested by the name of the album. Dromomania is a sort of ‘dissociative fugue’, and the band sound somewhat dissociated from the world around them. Surprisingly, this is a big plus, giving the album a strong atmosphere. On Joyful Noise.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Beat Escape
Life Is Short The Answer's Long

Montreal duo The Beat Escape come through with their debut LP for Bella Union. It’s an expansive, glacial synth-pop record that sounds like something from the golden age of Factory Records given a makeover for the Twin Peaks soundtrack. Tracks like ‘Seeing Is Forgetting’ and opener ‘Sign Of Age’ marry near-ambient synth work to minimal drum patterning and vocals so cloaked in reverb they might have been recorded in a canyon.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Blossoms
Cool Like You

Just look at the sleeve? Wouldn't you just want to hang out with those guys? They are like Embrace but with cool lights. Well last time round Blossoms knack of writing catchy post Oasis anthems and adding enough 80s production to get local radio programmers everywhere putting away their Howard Jones LPs was a winning formula.  Now it's that 'difficult' second album. They have a great car. They'll be ok. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Jessie Baylin
Strawberry Wind

Syrupy 1970s songwriting from Nashville musician Jessie Baylin, written with the admirable goal of appealing as much to children as to adults. This is a goal that enough children’s film companies seem to forget to take on board, but it’s also scarce in the Anglo-Western music world. Baylin’s mature and kind voice impart whimsical lyrics and warm melodies - think Beatles, Carol King, etc.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Camila Fuchs
Heart Pressed Between Stones

...I guess ATP isn't completely dead? Camila Fuchs releases her second album Heart Pressed Between Two Stones, on the label arm of the Arsene Wenger of music festivals. Triumphant electronics and pained vocals make for a very intense listening experience as informed by pop music as it is experimentalism.

Half Waif
Lavender

Third album as Half Waif  from Nandi Rose Plunket. Lavender allows Plunket to show of her classically trained chops. Her voice swoops and rises in a unpredictable but controlled fashion, over everything from plaintive piano to more aggressive electronic productions. Released on Cascine.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Hearts Hearts
Goods / Gods

Second album from fidgety Austrians Hearts Hearts. You may have noticed their penchant for forward slashes which for them represents a kind of freedom. Well here we have an album that is somewhere nearer the experimental end of pop / rock. In the end all I can do is leave you with the decision to buy / don't.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

New Order
Waiting For The Sirens Call

The 'No' on the sleeve should possibly be a warning to you if you were thinking of delving into the later works of New Order. The once innovative and always fascinating band lost their way somehow as they split and reformed and split again. 2005's Waiting For the Sirens Call was another attempt to regain the formula and was a more rocky work than they'd produced for some time. At least Peter Hook played on it which is more than can be said for the subsequent Music Complete.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Jane Weaver
The Architect EP

Featuring this years most pretentious press release (which we'll do our best to transcribe into actual words) is this new 12" from top notch Manchester kraut pop lass Jane Weaver. The lead track is eight minutes of kraut grooves and gives fans who loved her 'Modern Kosmology' record more propulsive cosmic pop. Plus two more new tracks and obligatory Andy Votel mix.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Nap Eyes
Whine of the Mystic

‘Whine of the Mystic’ is the first full-length album from Nap Eyes, recorded live, straight to tape with no effects or overdubs. This recording style complements the ethos of the playing which is confidently economical in a way that reminds me of the instantly addictive bass lines of Kim Deal. For fans of The Clean, The Verlaines or The Go-Betweens.

Still Circles
27:36

This is a very pretty debut LP from Bradford duo Still Circles. It’s a record of well-groomed, emotive electronic pop songs of the Cocteau Twins school. Natalie Kolowiecki’s breathy croon recalls Polica’s Channy Leaneagh, and along with Jack Donnison she’s constructed seven ethereal instrumentals to back up the vocals. Think Forest Swords, but nicer and with singing.

Tommy Mandel
Mello Magic

Best known as some 80s fingers for hire - he played keys for Bryan Adams, The Clash and plenty of others - Tommy Mandel has also self-released plenty of his own work down the years. Invisible City hoover up some of the stuff he put to tape in the 80s for a compilation of ‘corporate ambient’ (Mandel’s own term). The wry hypnagogic bent of Mello Magic makes it the perfect album for you if you’re one of those people who’s really got into Yellow Magic Orchestra and Haruomi Hosono over the past couple of years.
  • Vinyl LP (ICE 014)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Alexis Taylor
Beautiful Thing

New solo business from voice-of-Hot Chip Mr Alexis Taylor! While his solo work in the past has often tended towards quiet intimacy (such as the self-explanatory Piano), fourth solo record Beautiful Thing, which was produced with UNKLE man Tim Goldsworthy, has plenty of big dancefloor pop heft to it, as well as the ever-intriguing Alexis touch. On Domino.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Martha
Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart

Produced by MJ from Leeds psychedelic noise Gods Hookworms, this is Durham-spawned power pop outfit Martha's second album. Comprising J. Cairns and Daniel Ellis on guitars, Naomi Griffin on bass and Nathan Stephens Griffin (drums), with all four members providing the vocals and song writing, Martha (which is none of their names) do upbeat pop with highbrow lyrics inspired by Coronation Street and supermarkets. Choose between mustard and blue-with-orange-splatter vinyl. Ah Hell, get both. 

Gomez
Bring It On (20th Anniversary Edition)

It’s been twenty years since Gomez, the Southport indie five-piece with three lead singers, released this debut and nabbed the coveted Mercury Prize. So if you’re after the vinyl, here’s an anniversary remaster. If you’re after the CD, here’s an anniversary remaster plus three more discs comprising never-before-heard demos and outtakes, the 1998 Glastonbury and BBC sessions performances and a 10,000 word essay by Paul Stokes.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Snails
Safe in Silence

Bristol's Snails come out of their shell (sorry) with this their debut LP on the mysterious though collectible Feral Child imprint. They play a typically English form of song craft taking it's queues from the whimsical '60s work of the Kinks and Syd Barrett but their song structures and particularly the vocals of Dan Weltman are very reminiscent of under-rated English pop group Teleman.
  • Vinyl LP (FC04)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Tim Burgess
As I Was Now

Who would you recruit if you were putting a band together? Me I'd go for Phil Collins (drums), Nick Beggs (bass), Robert Fripp (guitar), Viv Savage (keys) and Elton John (triangle). Tim Burgess went for some lesser names because these were the names he'd already recruited for his band to play on his latest album. Sadly due to our Twitter spat I wasn't considered but little does he know I play a mean cor anglais. His loss. Anyway this was apparently recorded in 2008 which I find hard to believe as Ladyhawke is on it and she was surely about ten at the time.  

John Davis
Spare Parts


  • Vinyl Double LP (SHR171)
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  • Last copy
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Various
Revolutionary Spirit - The Sound Of Liverpool 1976-1988

An extensive 5-disc overview of Scouserock, if you will, from the punk and post-punk era through to the more polished pleasures of the late 80s. It kicks off with the art rock theatrics of Deaf School, and the more heard about than heard (retrospective) supergroup Big In Japan. The Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes, FGTH, OMD, Dead Or Alive, China Crisis and The La’s are among the more obvious inclusions, but the real fun is in digging through the dozens of obscurities.

Firestations
The Year Dot

Firestations are the latest outfit to emerge from the ever interesting Lost Map stable and this debut features a brand of nice-listen indie pop with perky melodies, sunshiny vibes and unthreatening subject manner. So pleasant and harmony drenched that it's hard to imagine it being recorded in Walthamstow.  
  • Vinyl LP
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy

Hinds
I Don't Run

Sophomore effort from formidable Spanish four-piece Hinds, following up 2016’s successful Leave Me Alone. Their playful garage-pop benefits this time from the input of The Strokes’ producer Gordon Raphael. I Don't Run is inspired by their life-altering last couple of years. Out on Lucky Number and available on indies-only clear vinyl.

Isaac Gracie
Isaac Gracie

Hot new British soft rock prospect Isaac Gracie's self-titled debut album comes out on the tail of a series of well received singles.  On it the young Londoner gets to grips with himself and his anxieties. Virgin EMI have very kindly given us some indies only yellow vinyl copies of this limited to 500 copies.

Shamir
Room

Shamir is, without doubt, one of a kind. His new 7”, Room, displays his adoration of country music, y’know, that obvious love you can hear in his previous material? This is his first new stuff since last year's Revelations LP. It was produced by LA big-shot Big Taste who has worked with Dua Lipa and acclaimed singer/songwriter, incomparable performer and man of the people, Justin Bieber. 7” bone coloured vinyl on Father/Daughter Records.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Chrome Sparks
Chrome Sparks

Chrome Sparks is the recording moniker of Jeremy Malvin. He liked the name so much that he decided to name his debut album that too. There’s a buzz about this guy following a couple of well received EPs on Future Classic, the label that has been home to Chet Faker and Flume. He recorded it partly in a secluded cabin in upstate New York and partly in a studio in Brooklyn. If you like The xx, Machinedrum, Toro y Moi and Flume then you should definitely check this out. LP and CD on Counter Records with artwork by Tonje Thilesen.

Confidence Man
Confident Music For Confident People

Debut LP from enigmatic four-piece Confidence Man. Hailing from Brisbane, Australia, the group have made a name for themselves with outlandish performances and a small collection of irresistibly catchy releases with pleasingly cynical lyrics. For disillusioned youths who still like to get down. On Heavenly.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Josh Rouse
Love In The Modern Age

Seemingly like everyone else who used to make music with guitars these days, Josh Rouse has put down his axe and bought some synths to inspire his 12th album, Love In The Modern Age. He’s thrown ‘80s sophisti-pop, indie rock, latter-period Leonard Cohen and New York new wave into the pot to cook this up. LP and CD on Yep Roc.

Nonpareils
Scented Pictures

You won’t be hearing any porkies from confirmed ex-Liar Aaron Hemphill any longer. This is his new solo project, Nonpareils. It’s reminiscent in some ways of his former band, with discordant, psychedelic electronics in place of the strained guitars of Drum’s Not Dead, say. But he’s also got plenty of peculiar, skewed new productions going on here.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Louise Lemón
Purge LP

See, what Scandinavian miserabilist Louise Lemon has done here has taken her 2017 EP Purge and added four more tracks onto it. Anyone who enjoyed the original release will be pleased to hear that the LP rendering of Purge still lays it on thick. For the uninitiated, let's sum it up this: Ms. Lemon’s music is quite similar to Chelsea Wolfe. But if Chelsea Wolfe was, like, Lana Del Rey instead.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Island
Feels Like Air

London youngsters Island have been making waves with their fervent indie pop over a couple EPs and their single Try, which is taken from their debut album Feels Like Air. There’s a limited edition coloured vinyl version if you’re quick, otherwise you can get black vinyl and a lavishly packaged CD. On French Kiss.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Various
Typical Girls Volume Two

WIth a quote from The Slits proudly raised as a banner over the whole thing, Emotional Response present the second volume of their Typical Girls compilation series of ass-kicking punk / pop-punk bands. This set features bands from all over the Western world (including Black Abba, Skinny Girl Diet and Midnight Snaxxx), none of whom are taking any shit.

Moby
Play: The B-Sides

First ever time on vinyl for this quality collection of B-sides from Moby’s globe-straddling Play era. Eleven cuts that might not be familiar if you weren’t scooping up all the Play singles at the time, and on coloured vinyl too! Limited edition pressing of just 1000 copies, via Moby’s own Little Idiot label concern.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Fra Lippo Lippi
Stitches and Burns

The story of this release probably says a lot about the current economics of popular music. This track from the Norwegian synthpop outfit’s 1992 album Dreams underwent an online revival, enjoying twenty million YouTube views, hence justifying a pressing of 500 seven inches. Good news for 0.0025% of the song’s YouTube listeners! Also for you if you’re a fan of smooth, sophisticated pop.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Daphne & Celeste
Daphne & Celeste Save The World

Ben Jacobs aka Domino recording artist Max Tundra, for reasons known only to himself, Tweeted Daphne and Celeste asking to produce a song for them. The resulting track, You & I, became an internet sensation and was a far more credible slice of electronic pop than Ooh Stick You or U.G.L.Y. They decided to work together again. Daphne and Celeste Save The World is the album and Max Tundra played a significant part, writing and producing it. You may even find that you like it. LP and CD on Balatonic. There’s a limited edition pink vinyl version if you’re quick enough.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lazy Day
Weird Cool

Limited edition orange 7" flexidisc and zine from London based dream pop band Lazy Day. Weird Cool captures the uncertainty and excitement of starting a relationship with someone new. The zine includes an interview between Lazy Day's songwriter, Tilly Scantlebury, and music writer Sammy Maine.

Daphne & Celeste
Alarms

Want to feel old? It’s 2018 and former teen popsters, famous for bully anthems Ooh Stick You and U.G.L.Y., are in their mid-thirties and making their “mature” comeback. They’re doing so with production and co-writing assistance from Max Tundra. This single is drawn from their new album Daphne & Celeste Save the World, which presents their familiarly mischievous, barbed persona over ambitious and varied productions.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Drink
Company

The Drink's pastoral and crunchy guitar compositions recall a time when indie rock was about escapism, with tunes that begin caught up in a fantasy before breaking into quietly inspiring climaxes. It's a little twee pop, but with textural twists that recall the most warped twee minds: it harkens bck to Islands returning to the sea, though the Drink have always been there.

Terry Malts / Kids On A Crime Spree
Our Love

Split 10” release with two tracks apiece from Terry Malts and Kids On A Crime Spree, both making lovely fuzzed-up indie-pop on the West Coast of the USA. Our Love’s four tunes are punchy, sparky and buzzy, all with solid pop melodies running through the middle. 10” on the Emotional Response label.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Alex Highton
Welcome To Happiness

The third LP from Liverpudlian singer-songwriter Alex Highton, and his first since 2014’s Nobody Knows Anything, is a nice wedge of off-kilter electro-pop ditties. Conceived alongside producer Jonathan Czerwik, Welcome To Happiness weds Highton’s touching tales to instrumentals reminiscent of Hot Chip, Penguin Cafe Orchestra and the more sober end of Beck’s discography.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kasbo
Places We Don’t Know

Keane once talked about 'Places Only We Know' but Gothenburg based producer Carl Gasbo is more concerned with the places we don't know on this debut. The album is full of his pleasantly chilled uplifting R & B with guests galore including London electronic duo TENDER. Will sound good on the Chart Show or whatever. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Chad Valley
Imaginary Music

For his third LP as Chad Valley, Oxford musician Hugo Manuel decided to follow his pop instincts. Ditching the collaboration-heavy approach of his previous record, Imaginary Music sees Manuel settling comfortably into role of auteur. The resulting album is replete with heady electro-pop that recalls Prefab Sprout, electro Arcade Fire and the softer edges of Daft Punk’s Discovery. If they do another Drive movie, the likes of ‘LA In August’ and ‘Impartial’ could crop up in the soundtrack.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Starchild & The New Romantic
Language

Starchild's Brandon Cook is wonderfully unashamed about his influences: Prince, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson. This impeccably produced pop record could easily be an 80s gem. It stays true to the style but carries important, topical messages of marginalisation and the difficulties of growing up within institutionalised adversity.

Ezra Furman
Big Fugitive Life

Ezra Furman has done a lot for our office unity in that we all hate him. However outside of these four walls he's very popular what with his squeaky songs and disregard for saxophone conventions. This is a collection of songs that seem to have all found a home here and Ezra touchingly dedicates it to all the refugees of the world.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Chris Weisman
Chaos Isn’t Single

Chris Wieseman has a unique minimalist take on the sort of singer songwriting as made by the likes of Todd Rundgren and Nilsson.  It's a stark sound that uses jazz and blues influence within Wieseman's unique sound palette. One day he'll reach paydirt a la Elliott Smith but for the moment let's keep him to ourselves ok?  

Garden City Movement
Apollonia

Israeli electropop trio Garden City Movement follow several EPs with a debut album proper on London curator of curators Late Night Tales’ sublabel Night Time Stories. Here we have Apollonia, spanning quite a range over eighteen tunes. Electro, boogie, R’n’B, a touch of house, exotic pentatonic samples, all tied together with broadly soulful pop presentation and personal lyrics.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Fickle Friends
You Are Someone Else

Let's face it, we are bunch of old men selling young people music that we neither like nor understand. Here's the latest lot to send us further spiralling out of business. Fickle Friends are a wildly commercial dance pop outfit that will appeal to fans of the 1975 and Chvrches. I'll occasionally hear stuff like this at my gym.     
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Django Django
Surface To Air

Limited edition 12” from Django Django, featuring the single Surface To Air from their latest LP Marble Skies. The track features Self Esteem on vocals (Rebecca Taylor of Slow Club). Also including an instrumental version of the track and remixes from Lunice, Nightwave and a Body In The Thames Rise Up version. On Because Music.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Keane
Under The Iron Sea

A re-issue of the second album by everyones favourite posh lad keys, bass and drums trio Keane. This got to number one in the hit parade on release back in 2006 and sold 222,297 units in the UK alone. It features the smash hit single 'Is it Any Wonder?' plus 11 other prime examples of their sturdy piano rock. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Creep Show
Mr. Dynamite

Creep Show is a collaboration between John Grant and dark, electronic funksters Wrangler. Their debut album, Mr. Dynamite, is a surreal and experimental journey through the brooding underbelly of pop and funk. They throw together sounds from every imaginable analogue drum machine and synth you can imagine. John Grant’s penchant for dark humour in his lyrics is present and reinforced by Wrangler vocalist, Stephen Mallinder, of Cabaret Voltare fame. LP and CD on Bella Union.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Essaie Pas
New Path

Montreal electronic duo Essaie Pas are back with their fifth album (their second on DFA Records) ‘New Path’, a riff on Philip K. Dick’s dystopian sci-fi novel A Scanner Darkly. Their particular brand of coldwave songwriting lends itself beautifully to the doomy subject matter at hand, the disembodied chants and aggressive percussion amping up the beautifully bleak atmosphere.
  • Label(s):
  • DFA
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Exitmusic
The Recognitions

Coming out whiffing as much of Beach House as Zola Jesus, the latest album of New York’s Exitmusic (Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church, who is not a church in Devon but a person) also carries the dramatic and uneasy scent of the duo’s recent divorce. Wailed and repitched vocals are strewn across throbbing, straining synthpop anthems such as the lead, ‘I’ll Never Know’, resulting in almost paradoxically intense dream pop.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Holy Fuck
Bird Brains

Holy Fuck let us check in on how they are doing with this nice little four-track EP of new jams. Bird Brains shows that they’ve still got it: that knack for mashing together crunked-out dance rhythms and jagged noisy bits into an addictive whole. 10 inches of Holy vinyl, released by Innovative Leisure.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Fratellis
In Your Own Sweet Time

After the release of Costello Music in 2006 and the success of that song that everyone sings….er….*consults Google*….Chelsea Dagger, I thought Scottish lad rock band The Fratellis had disappeared. It turns out I had just stopped paying attention. They have now released four successful albums, with a fifth, In Your Own Sweet Time, here for your delectation. Expect more shouty, stomping anthems to soundtrack your night out.

Death of Lovers
The Acrobat

Death of Lover’s are a whole extra band from the guys behind Nothing, in which they write and perform songs that are a little bit different. This is actually their debut full-length album after several years of activity, and it shows a band clearly enjoying themselves playing with an eighties post-punk-pop milieu. The Acrobat is released by DAIS.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Once & Future Band
Brain

Oakland based four-piece Once & Future Band originally released their Brain EP in 2014. After their debut full length they are back to writing, and in the meantime they have rereleased Brain to keep your appetite for the poppiest prog you will ever hear. They bring you the 70’s with a glorious pop shimmer.

Dub Narcotic Sound System
Rhythm Record Vol. One

First out in 1995, this record of extremely dubbed-out dub is now available as a reissue! Dub Narcotic Sound System is a grouping involving Calvin Johnson, Kicking Giant and Wandering Lucy, and these entirely instrumental sessions still make for fabulously low low low listening. Vinyl re-press on K Records.

The Monochrome Set
1979-1985: Complete Recordings

The Monochrome Set are one those largely unknown but hugely influential British bands. Their post-punk/indie-pop/art-rock sound has been an influence on the likes of The Smiths, Blur and Franz Ferdinand. The groups leader, Bid, claims that a diet of 17th century poetry and Leadbelly are responsible for their sound, but one could argue that was misleading. 1979-1985: Complete Recordings is just that, and a treasure trove of music that deserves more attention. Available as 6LP/CD set and 6CD set on Tapete.

Whyte Horses
Empty Words

Here come enigmatic Manchester psychedelicists Whyte Horses with their second album (not counting the thing they did with a children's choir). They are led by crate digger Dom Thomas who also finds time amongst digging those crates to helm Finders Keepers. Noel Gallagher described their last record as 'great' so hopes are even higher for this.  

Martha Ffion
Sunday Best

Warm bit of jangly folk pop from Martha Ffion. She has a wonderful ear for melody, and everything thing she does is so charming that it's impossible to dislike. Sunday Best is for fans of the likes of Laura Marling, and The Magnetic Fields, and those who just want to listen to something pleasant and good.

Ed Schrader's Music Beat
Riddles

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat (which is Ed Schrader and his buddy Devlin Rice) decided to get serious with this record, enlisting pal and playful genius Dan Deacon as producer and close collaborator. Riddles benefits from a fleshed-out Deacon sound, which allows the Music Beat style to really shine and grow. On Carpark.

Jonathan Wilson
Rare Birds

Super-producer, maker of very long albums and friend to the stars Jonathan Wilson is back with his third full length album. Though his previous two records harked back to the Laurel Canyon scene of the late 60s, this his third full length is enamoured by 80's production of the likes of Peter Gabriel and Talk Talk. Thus making his widescreen music sound a lot like that of War on Drugs.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Meadow House
Misadventures On The Scorn Cycle

Originally sent out at random to all manner of unsuitable places, 'Misadventures on the Scorn Cycle' sees a long-awaited vinyl release for Dan Wilson's sonic experiments as Meadow House. For the uninitiated, Wilson has a particularly English style of songwriting - imagine Chris Morris crossed with Syd Barrett and you are somewhere close. Part genius, part idiot, this is a rambling, absurdist outburst crammed with bits of sheer pop brilliance.
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Sun Seeker
Georgia Dust

Sun Seeker are a Nashville group who are only now being revealed to the wider world, through the efforts of Jack White’s Third Man Records. Georgia Dust is their debut single, and marks out a rich, country-influenced americana territory. A beautiful, melancholy way to make a start. 7” vinyl single.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

What So Not
Not All The Beautiful Things

After Flume split away from the collaboration, Emoh Instead has kept growing What So Not, with collaborations with the likes of R.L. Grime and Ganz. Now dropping his debut full length through Counter. Features collabs with Skrillex, Toto, BUOY, Daniel Johns, and Rome Fortune. Big room beats meeting your sky reaching needs.
  • Vinyl Double LP (COUNT141)
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Erasure
World Beyond

The legendary synth pop duo had their seventeenth album released last year on Mute. This surprising and intriguing set of reinterpretations features a Belgian ensemble linked to several modern classical outfits and composers. What you get is Erasure's classic ethereal dance-pop done up in graceful orchestral timbres. Lovely.

David Byrne
American Utopia

David Byrne returns with his first solo record since 2004, American Utopia features an extensive list of collaborators that include Oneohtrix Point Never, Jam City, Happa, Sampha as well as production from Brian Eno and Rodaidh McDonald. Modern producers with Byrne’s inimitable positivity, these are set to be some modern classics.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Neko Case
Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule

Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule is an 8-LP box set by Neko Case. The collection contains all 8 of her studio albums from 1997’s The Virginian, which appears on vinyl for the first time, to 2013’s The Worse Things Get, the Harder I fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You and her 2002 classic, Blacklisted. Singer/songwriter, Case hails from Virginia but moved to Vancouver in 1994. Both of these locations inform her music as she has straddled genres from alt. country to indie. Most notably a solo artist, Case was also a member of the A.C. Newman led Canadian supergroup The New Pornographers.
  • Vinyl Deluxe LP box set (0045778737215)
  • Limited edition

Raf Rundell
Stop Lying

Raf Rundell is of course one of the bears in 2 Bears (with Joe Goddard), but here he stands alone as a solo artist. Stop Lying is a direct and sincere response to both fatherhood and the current general state of the world, though it certainly inhabits the same playful groovy electronic sound world as Raf’s past work. Released by 1965.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Nabihah Iqbal
Weighing Of The Heart

Need to get through the dark winter months? Nabihah Iqbal is here to help you survive, with her warm and dreamy debut album on Ninja Tune. Formerly known as Throwing Shade, we already knew she had an eclectic style. The Weighing of the Heart promises lots of post-punk influences combined with gentle synthesizers and blissfully floaty vocals.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Soccer Mommy
Clean

Soccer Mommy, aka Sophie Allison, a 20 year old from Nashville, has previously made some lovely mid-fi music that would please fans of Boston bands of the 1990s, as detailed on her recent compilation, Collection. Her proper debut album, Clean, gives her a bigger stage and bigger production values, but the songs remain true to her roots. Clean was produced by War On Drugs/Deerhunter producer, Gabe Wax.

Superorganism
Superorganism

Ok actual gonna-be-big record time. This hotly tipped million piece have already released two stellar singles and proved that not everything on Jools Holland is the worst music to blight humanity but now it's time to drop the big one. We are expecting multi-layered technicolour pop with nods to the Avalanches, Beck and Devo.  Hopes is high. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Embrace
Love Is A Basic Need

Brighouse Britpoppers Embrace have reached the seventh album of their career, and in doing so they reckon they’ve gone back to their roots, doubling down on their instincts and their own sound. Love Is A Basic Need is ten tracks of traditional Embrace, released on CD and double LP by none other than Cooking Vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

XYZ
Artificial Flavoring

This coming together of Ian Svenonius (Make-Up, Chain & the Gang, Escape-ism) and Memphis Electronic (NON!, Dum Dum Boys, Die Idiots) has spawned an LP of freaky lo-fi no-wave. Artificial Flavoring sees Electronic laying down louche backing tracks that recall the more cerebral end of Ariel Pink and The Brian Jonestown Massacre with Svenonius jabbering entertainingly atop them. X Y Z are not to be confused with the crap old glam-metallers of the same name.
  • Artist(s):
  • XYZ