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Jaye Bartell
In A Time Of Trouble, A Wild Exultation

A mature-feeling selection from Jaye Bartell. Third album In A Time Of Trouble, A Wild Exaltation was recorded in live sessions in Bartell’s home town, with pleasant details like chimes in an open window adding to the crystal-clear band recordings. Features Ahleuchatistas and Angel Olsen on guest spots. Out on Sinderlyn.
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Depeche Mode
Cover Me (Remixes)

Essex’s most brooding sons, Depeche Mode, returned this year with a new album ‘Spirit’ and as tradition dictates latest single ‘Cover Me’ has been let loose with a raft of up to the minute remixers. Erol Alkan’s own rock inspired roots make him a natural choice, while Ben Pearce and Ellen Allien nod to the house and techno crew alongside various up-and-coming names covering other bases.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Marnie
Strange Words and Weird Wars

Marnie, formerly of Liverpool electronic heroes Ladytron, follows her 2013 Crystal World album with Strange Words and Weird Wars. This is modern pop that takes is cues from the likes of La Roux, Kylie Minogue and Ladyhawke. There’s also a, presumably, tongue-in-cheek reference to ‘80s mallrat pop star Debbie Gibson with the track Electric Youth, also the name of  a Gibson album. But don’t worry, this sounds nothing like that.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Display Homes
Climate Change

Display Homes comprises chums Steph, Darrell and Greg from the suburbs of Sydney, Australia. While openly admitting to haphazard, amateur origins on the local DIY indie scene, the band sounds confident, competent and cheerful on this self-titled 7” debut. This is all about having fun with a classic genre. Lead track ‘Climate Change’ is a spunky rock’n’roll jogger complete with tongue-in-cheek anecdotal lyrics about walkin’ down the street and watchin’ Dawson’s Creek.

Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Welcome to the Pleasuredome

The 1980’s superclassic Welcome to the Pleasuredome by Frankie Goes to Hollywood gets reissued! But it isn't just any old reissue… This Art Of The Album edition includes comprehensive new sleeve notes by Paul Flynn that go into great detail about how this album came to exist, so you can get a history listen while you Relax to the music.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Madness
Full House - The Very Best of Madness

There’s been no shortage of Madness comps over the years, but none more comprehensive or revelatory than this up-to-date career-spanner. Almost evenly split between their initial chart-dominating 80s run and post-reunion highlights, it presents the (occasionally still) Nutty (former) Boys as a British institution of 40 years standing. No less than 42 tracks on a double CD, or 4-LP set with a pop-up gatefold sleeve.
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  • BMG
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The Gist
Holding Pattern

The Gist were made up of main members Philip Moxham and Stuart Moxham of Young Marble Giants. After releasing a debut full length and a handful of EPs on Rough trade they were dropped but Moxham continued to record tirelessly. Holding Pattern is the first result of a trawling through these recordings and present bold off-kilter pop tracks, that are finally getting the release they deserve.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Shinowa
Snow, Moon, Flowers

Barren land shoegaze from Shinowa, whose 7" showing here is plenty of sad. A smorgasbord of hazy guitar deluge and whispered vocals, their sound has both the expansive of meandering psych rock and the emotional sensitivity of '90s indie pop. An interesting sound that packs movement into a fogged landscape.

David West with Teardrops
Cherry On Willow

David West started out in distant Perth before working his way up through various cities (Melbourne, San Francisco) and bands (Rat Columns, Liberation) before reaching New York and this solo album with backing group Teardrops. Cherry On Willow is nice and poppy, feeling like a cheery stroll through some classic tuneful genres. Out on Tough Love.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kllo
Backwater

Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam are a pair of cousins who reside in sunny Melbourne. Inspired by James Blake, The xx and Lauryn Hill they make electro-pop as Kllo. Whilst the music is grounded in pop tradition, their use of UK Garage, 2-Step and R&B seamlessly fuses the old and the new. Backwater is available on LP and CD with a limited indies-only grey vinyl version if you’re quick enough!
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Tori Amos
Native Invader

Native Invader is the thirteen-track release (+two bonus tracks) from Tori Amos. A fantastic record that brings so much with it in terms of quality sound and a great addition to the indie rock scene. The record is actually quite relaxing and soothing, as Amos sings into your ears like silky milk. Available on Vinyl LP, deluxe CD and CD and released on ‘Decca’.

The Jazz Butcher
The Wasted Years

The Jazz Butcher was an indie band born in the 80’s, and here we have their fantastic earliest albums, as released for the Glass label. That’ll be Bath Of Bacon, A Scandal In Bohemia, Sex And Travel and Distressed Gentlefolk then, all gathered together in their strange idiosyncratic glory, and remastered too. 4CD hardback book package on Fire.

Jessie Ware
Glasshouse

After starting her career guesting on tracks by SBTRKT, Disclosure and Bobby Womack, singer-songwriter Jessie Ware gained rather a lot of attention. Her first album, Devotion, was released in 2012. The critically acclaimed Tough Love followed in 2014 and now comes Glasshouse which sees the culmination of three years work. Available on vinyl and CD on Island.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Cut Worms
Alien Sunset

Max Clarke, the human being behind Cut Worms, presents a selection of intimate and direct demos recorded at home. Despite this provenance, these six tracks really feel fully-formed: the slightly fuzzy edges to the sound just makes Max’s thoughtful personal rock songs sound closer. 12” EP on Jagjaguwar.
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Giraffage
Too Real

West coast producer Giraffage brings his debut full length album after a handful of releases on Fool’s Gold and Dim Mak. Glistening synth pop with the slick production of Flume. Featuring guest collabs with Japanese Breakfast, Harrison Lipton, and Angelica Bess from body Language. LP and CD on Counter.
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Broen
I <3 Art

Norwegian indie pop group Broen’s second full length album is one of those that goes to show “indie-pop” can mean just about anything. The group, made up of members from acts such as Atomic, Mummu, and Your Headlights Are On fuse funk, jazz, twee pop and electronic experimental freedoms into such a joyful record. LP and CD on Bella Union.
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Pet Shop Boys
Elysium (Remastered Edition)

Pop heroes Pet Shop Boys continue their Catalogue: 1985-2012 series of album reissues with Elysium from 2012, which was produced with Kanye West producer Andrew Dawson.. These LP and CD reissue packages come with a lusciously produced suite of extensive liner notes and archive photos, as well as remastered audio. The CD edition also features an extra disc of juicy rarities from the period. On Parlophone.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Smiths
The Queen Is Dead (2017 Master) [Deluxe Edition]

Another magical example of when a single LP gets turned into a 5LP box set. The Smiths 4th best album finally gets the big set treatment with demos, b-sides live tracks and a DVD featuring Derek Jarman's short film made to accompany the original release. A must for all fans of this most special of bands. "Slip them into different sleeves! Buy both, and feel deceived".

Pet Shop Boys
Yes (Remastered Edition)

The masterful Pet Shop Boys continue their Catalogue: 1985-2012 series of album reissues with Yes from 2009. As well as remastered audio, this release (in CD edition) comes with two whole bonus discs of alternate mixes, demos, unreleased material, and even a special medley for the Brits! What a wealth of pop material! LP and 3CD reissues on Parlophone.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Beck
Colors

After the downbeat but rather excellent 'Morning Phase' Beck is back in technicolour pop mode for the much anticipated 'Colors'. Expect a vibrant collection of psychedelic pop  - the sort perfectly exemplified on lively and inventive lead track 'Dear Life' which has some oddball Beatles-esque twists.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Alessi's Ark
Love is the Currency

Fourth album (first in over four years) from Alessi’s Ark, project of London singer-songwriter Alessi Laurent-Marke, following the single ‘Cut The Cord.’ On Love is the Currency, lyrics explore healing and overcoming grief, set to her modestly charming brand of folky indie. Produced by Jago Jago (engineer for The Maccabees).
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Clientele
Music for the Age of Miracles

Oh thank God a new the Clientele album and by the time it comes out it will be near autumn so you can listen to this while wandering down leafy lanes at dusk - the perfect setting for Alistair MacLean's melancholic form of 60's influence psych and jangle. They now have a santoor (a kind of Indian dulcimer) on board but this just sounds like the Clientele which is perfect news for when the days grow dark. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

King Krule
The OOZ

Having gone pretty quiet, the interweb returned ablaze for King Krule recently with announcement that his 2013 debut LP, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon will be followed by The Ooz. It still has the bursting jazz and snappy drooling vocals of his debut but with a new sharp focus and grimy depth.    
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OSHH
OSHH

Though OSHH - Osian Howells to his ma - deals in heart-swelling synth-pop ala Depeche Mode, there is a healthy pinch of psychedelia to his music that sets him alongside other Welsh artists like Cate le Bon. The two sounds make for a neat combination, and as such the overall feel of OSHH is reminiscent of the work of adoptive Welshman and fellow synth-psychster LA Priest.
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CousteauX
CousteauX

CousteauX have reformed after a 15 year hiatus and added an X to their name. The London-based duo of Irishman Liam McKahey and Beruit-born Aussie Davey Ray Moor had critical and relative commercial success in the early 2000s with their sophisticated lounge pop-meets indie rock sound. Their new self-titled LP features a guest appearance from The Libertines’ Carl Barat. Vinyl  LP and CD on Silent X.
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Ten Fé
Turn

Ten Fé are a smooth outfit who carefully cut together indie rock aesthetics with electronic grooves. The band’s album was produced by Ewan Pearson, who knows the Ten Fé sound so well that he was asked to remix Turn into an up-and-bouncing house number. 7” single on Some Kinda Love.
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Depeche Mode
Where's The Revolution

Unbelievably Depeche Mode still release their music on CD single and here is the first taster from their new album 'Spirit'. It's a doomy piece of synth rock as you might expect and comes in tow with gloomy Anton Corbijn video in black and white as you might expect. Perfect miserable, desolate music for these torrid times. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Depeche Mode
Going Backwards

Going Backwards is the second single to be released from the long running electronic rockers latest album Spirit. They are one of the few bands on the planet who still have the clout to sell CD singles and this comes with a whole host of remixes from the likes of Soulsavers, Chris Leibing and Maya-Jane Coles. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Sound of Ceres
The Twin

Follow-up album time with The Twin churning them out. After 2016’s debut LP, Nostalgia for Infinity, pop duo The Twin ain’t waiting about and it’s time for number two; Sound of Ceres. Inspired by a read of The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann, The Twin deliver some ethereal and exotic pop with hints of ‘70s synths.

Mirah
Sundial

Soft-voiced crooner Mirah was asked to do the soundtrack for  BRIC Arts/Media House in Brooklyn and so enlisted composer and world's best Derek side project Jherek Bishoff to do the strings and stuff. Eventually it occurred to them to release the stuff....and so they have! On K Records of course.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Granite Shore
Suspended Second

Gotta say, with that album cover and title, I was expecting ambient German techno. But no, The Granite Shore’s second LP, Suspended Second is a glorious pop album with a Western sense of sadness and melancholy. There are hints at ABBA yet instead of glossy fun on a Greek island it sounds more like the joy you get from a bag of steaming fish and chips on a rainy day by the seaside.
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Pugwash
The Perfect Summer

Pugwash trail their forthcoming new album Silverlake with this single, The Perfect Summer, pleasingly released in September. The single, which is fully imbued with those lovely Pugwash indie-pop vibes, is extra-summery thanks to the vinyl, which is “ice cream swirl coloured”! Limited quantities only, out on the Lojinx label.

David Bowie
A New Career In A New Town (1977 – 1982)

Calling all very rich Bowie fans, you are in for a treat. This collection compiles all his albums between 1977 and 1982 which of course takes in his now classic 'Berlin Trilogy'. Not only that but 'Lodger' has been remixed by Tony Visconti and includes a bonus collection of single versions, non-album singles, b-sides and songs featured on soundtracks. Photos and stuff too. Imagine if all of these re-issues had happened and he hadn't died?  

Blur
Modern Life Is Rubbish

Modern Life Is Rubbish announced Blur as a serious proposition. They carved out an identity, both musically and image-wise for themselves that moved away from the indie-by-numbers of their debut album, Leisure. It earned them comparisons of great Englishness previously characterised by The Kinks and Small Faces, thus kicking off the whole Britpop thing. Features the singles For Tomorrow and Chemical World.
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  • EMI
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

HOMESHAKE
Midnight Snack

Homeshake a.k.a Peter Sagar follows his 2014 debut with Midnight Snack, a distinctly R&B tinged collection of synthesizer jams. After leaving the Mac DeMarco touring band it’s clear that Sagar has had time to reflect and express some of his post-tour comedown anxieties in this record. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Sinderlyn.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Fitness Forever
Tonight

Fitness Forever is the electronic music project of Carlos Valderrama - no, not the mop-haired former Colombian midfielder. Third album, Tonight is packed with Italian disco which is guaranteed to set the pace and keep going for a great night. Four years as a DJ have lead him to this incorporating artists from Italian Disco royalty such as Number One Ensemble and featuring ambiance akin to that of Justice, Go! Team, Metronomy and Daft Punk. Includes collaborations from Vincent Mougel (Kidsaredead), Paulita Demaiz (Papa Topo) and Anna Jean of Juniore.

Cults
Offering

Cults  - yes they did spell their name correctly - have returned with their second effort and according to the press release are now working in technicolour rather than their previous black and white. It says these songs are bursting with melody and invention using new song structures and buzzing synths to forge their brave new world. 

Jamila Woods
HEAVN

First LP from Jamila Woods, whose influences include Toni Morrison and Kendrick Lamar. After providing vocals for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Chance the Rapper (who features on HEAVN), Woods’ voice on her own debut maintains enthralling sweetness while losing none of the force of her intelligent political observations. Extremely listenable protest record. Available on indies-only coloured vinyl.

Kele Okereke
Fatherland

He just can't decide what he wants to be can he? The singer in worn out Brit band Bloc Party, fun electronic troubadour and now folk influenced confessional singer songwriter. Whichever style he pursued once thing is for certain  - his lyrics (and his music for that matter) never seem to get any better. 
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  • BMG
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lina Tullgren
Won

Captured Tracks have unearthed yet another quietly impressive singer-songwriter in the form of Maine resident Lina Tullgren. There are shades of Joanna Gruesome, Ought and Colleen Green across Won as Tullgren turns in a record of well-groomed, vaguely grungy American indie. Whether climbing for falsetto or down into the lower reaches of her range, Tullgren’s voice maintains a coy neutrality that only serves to make her songs more intriguing.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Blue Hawaii
Tenderness

Blue Hawaii are back after a 4-year hiatus. Tenderness sees Ra and Agor re-combining to write songs about unreciprocated love, musing on relationships conducted via the internet -- with all the implicit and explicit, unreal / false sense of intimacy -- and the contradictions inherent in the power and efficacy of technology in 2017. The record moves smoothly through skits, songs, samples of phone calls and demos. LP / CD on Arbutus Records.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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  • EMI
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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Kelela
Take Me Apart

More brilliance incoming from Kelela, who if you can believe it is only now giving us her full-length debut after her hit mixtape Cut 4 Me and her recent esoterically produced Hullucinogen EP. A record cited by Kelela as being about "dissolving" and then choosing to rebuild our romantic lives, its production comes from Jam City and Arca.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Depeche Mode
The Best of Volume 1

Well this has a much different track listing than the 'best of' I have on tape with a few album tracks thrown in for good measure yet it still has all the brilliant singles from 'See You' to 'Everything Counts' and 'Enjoy the Silence'. Originally released in 2006, now is your chance to get it again on triple vinyl.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Hell / Laid

In 2009 New York’s The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart burst on to the scene fully formed with a self-titled album that showed a band who could turn their obvious indie-pop influences into something fresh. On their new EP, Hell/Laid, their influences are clear to see once again. They give us one original track, which sees them channeling Orange Juice, and two covers: Laid, originally by James and Ballad Of The Band by Felt.
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Wooden Arms
Trick Of The Light

Norwich based five-piece Wooden Arms release their second album, furthering their genre fluidity and pushing modern classical, trip-hop and experimental closer and closer together. With multiple sides to their coin they play between theatrical, ethereal, cryptic and downright heavy. Cinematic Orchestra and Sigur Ros meet cinematic folk.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Reptaliens
FM-2030

FM-2030 is the very first album to be released by Reptaliens, a band who feature a stellar line-up drawn from bands such as Wampire, Brainstorm, Woolen Men and Blouse. Sci-fi and obsession are themes that helped the band craft their songs, lending a theatrical intensity to the group’s sound. FM-2030 is released by Captured Tracks.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Simian Mobile Disco
Attack Decay Sustain Release

Originally released in 2007, this limited edition of ATTACK DECAY SUSTAIN RELEASE celebrates the tenth anniversary of this seminal debut album by Simian Mobile Disco. Remastered onto double vinyl, this electronic classic is now getting the deluxe vinyl treatment it deserves. Singles I Believe, Hustler and It’s The Beat are included on this epic package.    
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Alex Lahey
I Love You Like A Brother

Emanating originally from Melbourne, Alex Lahey originally went to university to study jazz saxophone. Luckily she realised that this was a terrible waste of time and so embarked on an arts degree and set about making relatable fuzz pop that sounds like Courtney Barnett sandpapered in order to fit onto college radio playlists. Catchy with punch-a-long choruses galore. 

The Zephyr Bones
Secret Place

The Zephyr Bones are a part-Chilean, part-Catalonian band who make blurry psych rock and dream pop that they have labelled ‘beach wave’. Now based in Barcelona, the birthplace of the band’s rhythm section, they have set up their own recording studio there. This all lends itself to the debut album, Secret Place, being one of an intimate and personal nature.

Asgeir
Dýrð í dauðaþögn

Iceland, that place responsible for pretty much a one hundred percent return rate on excellent artists, offers up Asgeir along with all the rest, an indie pop songwriter working in more traditional conditions to create soulful, heartfelt songs we can all translate. His work is occasionally complemented with electronic flourishes that make for a crisp, intricate and occasionally surprising sound.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Oscar And The Wolf
Infinity

Oscar And The Wolf returns to Play It Again Sam for his second full length album. Electrified and diverse synth pop that jumps from up beat electro soul, R’n’B and disco to vibrant pop and darker introverted Purple-esque moments. Inspiration ranges from falling in love with a vampire to the urge to make people want to burst into dance.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Torres
Three Futures

Reina plays it out to Carragher. Now on to Alonso. Alonso to Mascherano, who then gives it to Gerrard. Gerrard … striding forward confidently. He’s in a good position. Oh, what a lovely pass! It’s through to Torres! Torres shapes to shoot... and comes through with an LP full of quietly experimental indie pop in the vein of Wild Beasts, Zola Jesus and St. Vincent. The songwriting is as strong as anything on MacKenzie Scott’s previous two LPs, and the production from Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey) is pretty and detailed. It’s a goal!
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  • 4AD
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kiran Leonard
Derevaun Seraun

Kiran Leonard's music wields emotional outpourings and emo math demolitions into one sporadic and dense rock pantomime, sounding like Adult Jazz if they couldn't tidy their room and Jeff Buckley with half the restraint. He follows the excellent Grapefruit with Derevaun Seraun, a piece written for the re-opening of Manchester's central library; it's all based on the wonderful world of books, Leonard tributing other adventures while foraging for his own.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Jaws of Love.
Tasha Sits Close To The Piano

Kelcey Ayer (Local Natives) is Jaws of Love. This is a man who knows his way round a love song. Ayer laid down Tasha Sits Close To The Piano in a three-day burst. The piano is front and centre on this collection, with synth and voice propelling the melodies. For fans of James Blake and Bon Iver. Limited LP on K-Rizzla Records.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Walter TV
Carpe Diem

These indie warblers made a mini-shambles with their excellent record record Blessed, so it's to the good that Walter TV are back to make another dream-sequence ruckus. Veering slightly more towards a professional production than past endeavours, they continue to pack hooks in a sound that paraphrases the indie lexicon in corners containing Modest Mouse and the Figurines.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
Superscope

Kitty, Daisy and Lewis are a London based three piece who are now on their fourth album and continue to make old fashioned style pop, blues and soul using analogue gear. Weirdly Phil likes them despite them not having anything to do with Geoff Barrow. Anyway this should see them continue on their singular path and ensure healthy turnouts when they tread the boards.   

Misty Coast
Misty Coast

Misty Coast are a band whose name is inspired by the location of their hometown - the oft overcast mountainous, coastal town of Bergen in Norway. Their sound, however, is influenced by another coast - the psychedelic sounds of  the west coast, Southern California. The Duo are made up of Linn Frokedal and Richard Myklebust of noise-rockers The Megaphonic Thrift. This is lo-fi sun-kissed and fuzzy minimalist psych-pop that the duo recorded quietly at home so as not to disturb their neighbours.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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  • EMI
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Vessels
The Great Distraction

Our next door neighbours (they rehearse next door) Leeds electronic rockers Vessels drop the big one on their fourth album by working with actual big rock stars the Flaming Lips and John Grant. This one pulls out all the stops  - a tour de force of electronic rock that should see them move far away from grimy Holbeck council blocks. Don't forget us lads.      

A House In The Trees
What Am I Supposed To Do EP

The label is actually literally sincerely called Handsome Dad Records and they're putting out this EP from A House In the Trees, a band who make dance music. The audacity. Using textures ambient and structures pop, they come up with something of a Portishead concoction, leading us down pathways both ominous and lovely.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Beatles
Yellow Submarine

By 1969 the Beatles could do what the hell they liked and if they wanted to release an animated film then no-one was stopping them. Taken on its own terms Yellow Submarine was an odd release. It contains four new songs, two already released songs and a whole side of it was devoted to George Martin's orchestral score to the film. A mixed bag then but an essential document for completists. 
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  • EMI

Ryan Power
They Sell Doomsday

Ryan Power has been quietly getting of with creating meticulously detailed music for several years now. Hailing from Burlington in Vermont, the songwriter, producer and "musician's musician" has built a reputation for well-crafted music and creative lyrics over seven albums. They Sell Doomsday references but expands upon the reach of his previous work making it his most ambitious album to date.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Cold Specks
Fool's Paradise

Fool’s Paradise is the third album by Cold Specks, real name, Ladan Hussein. This time, the critically acclaimed singer explores how it feels to be female, part-Canadian, part-Somalian by revisiting her roots. Her raw, soulful voice is a perfect companion to the cathartic nature of the lyrics. LP and CD on Arts & Crafts.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Cut Copy
Haiku From Zero

Haiku From Zero is the new album from Australian electronic band, Cut Copy.The album was recorded in Melbourne, New York and several places in between. It seemingly owes a great debt to Deerhunter and Animal Collective producer Ben Allen, whose work on this album provided the clarity among the craziness.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Chris Weisman
Play Sharp To Me

Chris Weisman is a hero of underground pop, creating beautiful tunes that sound like versions of Beach Boys / Beatles songs made casually and in secret by an artist with no need or desire to temper his weirdnesses with any mainstream concerns. Play Sharp To Me is therefore an extremely lovely and quietly psychedelic pop record, released by Feeding Tube Records.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

John Foxx and The Maths
The Machine

This is a specially composed soundtrack for an adaptation of EM Forster's short story The Machine Stops which explores our increasingly complex relationship with technology. This eerie and evocative score was composed by electronic music veteran John Foxx working along side Benge. Artwork is by the people responsible for the sleeve design on David Bowie's Blackstar and The Next Day albums. 

Sparrow People
I Thought Of You / Baby Foxes

Sweet and winsome Australian pop from people who were one in the rather great Minimum Chips. It sounds rather similar to those marvellous purveyors of strum 'n' sing the Cannanes in that everything sounds like people picking up instruments for the first time. It's naivety though is what gives it it's charm.  

Midnight Sister
Saturn Over Sunset

Juliana Giraffe and Ari Bazoulian who make up Midnight Sister are described in the press release as “intense creatives” - a daunting prospect but a tag they want to cement on Saturn Over Sunset. It certainly has plenty of gorgeous instrumentation from a wide array of classical and vintage electronic instruments, all of which come together to create a beautiful and charming pop album with a ‘60s psychedelic waft. Available on vinyl LP or CD.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Hannah Peel
Mary Casio: Journey To Cassiopeia

Imagine going from Barnsley to outer space. This is what Northern Irish electronic artist Hannah Peel explores on this new opus. It's the story of an elderly pioneering electronic music artist who dreams of leaving her Barnsley home and seeing Cassiopeia for herself. Peel realises this with horns by those responsible for Tubular Brass. She's also one third of the Magnetic North dont'cha know. 

Lido
Everything

 Debut full length album from Peder Losnegård’s Lido moniker. A heavy and highly polished mix of pop, hip-hop, dance and electronica. Swinging from Efterklang esque light melodic pop to synth heavy trap beats a-la Rustie covered in and vocoder-ed raps. Featuring tracks with Jaden Smith. Vinyl on Because Music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Mikado
Forever

Collected anthology of French electronic two piece Mikado. Made up of singer Pascale Borel and multi-instrumentalist Gregori Czerkinsky, their light synth-pop covered several singles, EPs, and a debut album through the 80s. Here they come with b-sides as well as demo songs that were sketched out for a second, never to come, full length.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Band Of Holy Joy
Funambulist We Love You

Lovely new stuff from great old group Band Of Holy Joy. Funambulist We Love You fully engages with the current state of affairs in 2017 (not always the case with bands known for their earlier reputation), and despite some slightly dodgy Brexit cheesiness in ‘To Leave Or Remain’, it generally comes off well. Out on Tiny Global Productions.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Rostam
Half-Light

Rostam (Batmanglij, also known as Boys Like Us) is most known for being in Vampire Weekend, as well as working with Frank Ocean, Solange and The Walkmen. Half-Light is his debut solo album, filled with cinematic electronic pop that pulls from the reflective, from neon synthetic charm to choral rises and timpani led percussion.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Cristobal And The Sea
Exitoca

The press release talks of this album taking the listener into an "alternate reality where humans care for each other and the environment". So either buy this album or vote for a Labour government to make that a reality.  They use things like Brazilian pop and Syrian musical influences to concoct their form of 'exotica' - an escapist reality far away from the nightmares of Brexit. 
  • Vinyl LP (SLANG50118LT)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Wesley Fuller
Inner City Dream

Wesley Fuller’s opening remarks on the record is that the gap between the biggest artists in the world and small indie music is far too grand. He happens to be right. Inner City Dream is the twelve-piece record that explores the journey that many bands and indie folk have to battle in order to gain the attention they deserve. A solid full length from Melbourne’s very own power-pop, indie-rock boy wonder available on Vinyl LP and CD.

Moses Sumney
Aromanticism

If I had Moses Sumney’s voice I’d lose all my friends. That’s because I wouldn’t stop singing. If you had a voice this beautiful, this rich, this dynamic, why would you? Sumney’s debut LP, out on Jagjaguwar, is a record of lush contemporary soul akin to Bobby Womack’s The Bravest Man in the Universe and serpentwithfeet’s Blisters.

Brian Wilson
Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology

Covering more than thirty years across nine different solo albums, Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology is a comprehensive celebration of the great man’s solo career through 18 songs over two vinyl LPs. A collection of studio and live recordings, this compilation also contains two previously unreleased tracks, one of which was written by Wilson especially for this special release.  

Marc Almond
Shadows and Reflections

If anyone is perfect for singing an album of 1960's torch songs and baroque pop it's Marc Almond. He has previous in the genre (and has scored huge hits too) but here he covers some of his favourites by the likes of Burt Bacharach, The Action, The Yardbirds, Bobby Darin as well as a couple of original compositions for good measure. 
  • Label(s):
  • BMG
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

David Bowie
Reality

Reality is David Bowie’s 23rd solo album. The album contains a cover of The Modern Lovers' Pablo Picasso and a cover of George Harrison’s Try Some Buy Some which were originally intended to appear on Bowie’s Pin Ups 2, but the album never materialised. Reality was produced by Bowie with Tony Visconti. Originally from 2003, Reality is now reissued on 180g vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Ariel Pink
Another Weekend / Ode To The Goat (Thank You)

Super annoying but rather essential weirdo pop man Ariel Pink continues to change the name of his own game with "Another Weekend", a dabbling in a downbeat version of sunshine pop that retains some of the obnoxious advert antics of Pom Pom. "Another Weekend" starts as an acoustic ballad, breaks down into a slow transition a la the Beatles in their costumed area, before bringing in squelching synths. Typical of Ariel, it compacts lots of pop and prog into one nonsense track of never-ending hooks. Backed by the hilariously titled "Ode to the Goat (Thank You)" and a taster of the album to come.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Carmen Villain
Infinite Avenue

Carmen Villain’s first album since 2013’s Sleeper looks likely to find the singer moving into ever-more expansive sonic territory. This move was threatened by Infinite Avenue’s light-as-gossamer first single ‘Planetarium’, a track that sounded like Radiohead’s ‘Sail to the Moon’ being covered by Grouper. If that song and the follow-up ‘Red Desert’ are anything to go by, Infinite Avenue will be a record of cerebral drones and quietly confident songwriting. Jenny Hval guests on ‘Borders’.

Lazy Day
Ribbons EP

Reissue of Lazy Day’s 2017 EP Ribbons here courtesy of Lost Map. This remains one of the better releases of the post-Demarco age, a feat achieved by the song-craft and way with melody of Lazy Day’s head-honcho Tilly Scantlebury. The strange musique concrete and found-sound vignettes that pepper Ribbons also give it a pleasing variation.

Daniel Wylie's Cosmic Rough Riders
Scenery For Dreamers

I can't quite figure out the history here. Daniel Wylie was in Cosmic Rough Riders then he left to pursue a solo career while they carried on without him but now it seems Cosmic Rough Riders are his. Go figure. Anyway he's back with several slabs of spangling guitar pop with nods to Teenage Fanclub and Big Star.  

Zola Jesus
Okovi

Foghorn-voiced chanteuse Zola Jesus has had a terrible time with death and loss recently so retreated to the woods near her childhood home to create this personal snapshot of loss and sympathy borne out of her experiences. It's fair to say that "Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey" this is not but instead a bleak meditation on tragedy. 

UV-TV
Go Away EP

Florida punx UV-TV turned heads with their debut LP Glass earlier this year. A short five months later and they’ll be dropping this EP on Emotional Response (City Yelps, Sleaford Mods). The three-piece tear through two new bits and cover tracks by The Primitives and Screaming Sneakers with bratty exuberance.

Flowers
Say 123

London trio Flowers I'm sure are happy to contribute one more single to Fortuna Pop before the label calls it a day. Instead of recording new tracks the band picked out a couple of demos and previously unheard recordings including 'Rhodes' which was recorded in one take while they were waiting for the van to turn up. Wholesome indie-pop loveliness.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Honey Hahs
OK

Yes, their average age is under 12, but the first single from South London sisters the Honey Hahs is endearing for reasons beyond a that’s-nice-dear encouragement of youthful endeavour. ‘OK’ is a bittersweet acoustic ballad with strong harmonies and lyrics that are wise beyond the years of the people singing them.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Nick Nicely
Sleep Safari

Especially for fans of 'sleep' and 'safaris', Nick Nicely sets his new album Sleep Safari free to the world. This time, the 'psych legend' delves deeper into electronics while he keeps keeping on to weave a tapestry of psych-pop gold. None other than Clash Magazine have declared Nicely, 'profoundly psychedelic'. The new record speaks (softly) of unconsciousness, semiconsciousness and surreality. Dare to dream. Multiple formats on Tapete.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Speakman Sound
Warm EP

Warm EP by Speakman Sound contains some soothing psychedelic dance, made with help from singer Frankie Forman. Warm is the follow-up to the Glastonbury-based production duo’s debut single In Flight. The pair have been getting lots of airplay from the likes of Lauren Laverne, Huw Stevens and John Kennedy. I’m guessing you can expect big things from these guys. 12" on ETLW.

Angus & Julia Stone
Snow

Angus and Julia Stone are two siblings that have come together to create some nice sounding indie-pop music together. Some may find it a little weird that a brother and sister can sing to each other about their lovers and relationships, but I don't. Snow is a great sounding record that is released on [PIAS] Le Label and is available on blue coloured double vinyl LP, clear double vinyl LP and CD.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lone Taxidermist
Trifle

Although it's hard to imagine anything that is described as a cross between Diamanda Galas and Victoria Wood being less than interesting there's something about this cavorting and naughty project that recalls Leigh Bowery's Minty project. It's all ethereal and theatrical. Rather like a dressing up box set to music. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Pollyn
Anthology: Here Lies Pollyn

Pollyn have released three albums of smart and sexy electro-pop but as yet haven't got the critical or sales plaudits you might expect. The band are worshipped by the likes of Hot Chip and with this anthology of their released work should hopefully cross through. Their music really should be appealing to fans of the likes of Metronomy. Here's hoping.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Ariel Pink
Dedicated To Bobby Jameson

Ariel Pink’s eleventh full length album and his debut on Mexican Summer. Dedicated To Bobby Jameson is a woozy psychedelic pop journey through the tragic ups and downs reflected in Bobby Jameson’s life story, and his continuous struggle for success in the music industry (having recorded with Frank Zappa, and The Rolling Stones). Decayed and slowed tape warbles shine throughout and a fair degree of pop genius it has to be said. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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