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Björk
Vulnicura

Back from Iceland, Björk is bringing another piece of her wild and crazy pop history to us. Vulnicura is released on double vinyl, in a deluxe digipack or a classic CD, but as far as we know none of the editions includes any fancy Björk swanmade dresses. We tried to make it happen, we really did.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Eleven Pond
Watching Trees

Originally released on Eleven Pond’s 1986 LP Bas Relief, interest in the LA group’s tune ‘Watching Trees’ was rekindled when it featured on the Angular Recording Corporation’s 2010 compilation Cold Waves And Minimal Electronics. Fast-forward a couple of years and the song is now given its own re-release. Both the title track and ‘Portugal’ are tense, romantic no-wave disco ala Depeche Mode. The ‘Bedroom Mix’ of ‘Watching Trees’ that rounds out this EP is also delightfully wistful.

Flume
Tiny Cities feat. Beck (Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas Remix) / Take A Chance feat. Little Dragon (Kölsch Remix)

The amount of talent contained on this 12” is so weighty, it's amazing that the record can even be lifted. Producer Flume has enlisted Beck and Little Dragon to contribute vocals to Tiny Cities and Take A Chance respectively, and those tracks have then been tastily remixed by the killer neo-disco duo of Lindstrom and Prins Thomas on the A side and Kolsch on the B! My my. Limited edition 12” on Transgressive.

Real Estate
In Mind

Here they come again those nice jangling lads. But there's been a change in the comfy world of Real Estate as guitar twiner no 2 Matt Mondanile has quit to concentrate on his own Ducktails. Though this destroys my Monkees-esque view of the band it will be interesting to see how this affects their sound. Lead track 'Darling' shows that besides getting a horse in on the act not much has changed their summery jangle-rock.   

Chantal Acda
Bounce Back

Bounce Back is the latest release from Chantal Acda. In this record she explains how she wanted to step away from overly produced vocals and concentrate on how the vocals sound in her head. A clever mix of subtle indie-pop and rock combined with experimental electronica. Available on Vinyl LP and CD.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Matt Lamkin
Where I'm At

Matt Lamkin, formerly of The Muslims / The Soft Pack, presents a solo album of the songs he’s written since he moved to Mexico. Where I’m At presents multiple different sides of Lamkin’s songwriting, leaning towards yacht-rock here and thrashy garage-pop there. Where I’m At is released on vinyl by the Volar label.

Anohni
Paradise

Is there any artist more needed in the world right now than Anohni? If anyone has access to Donald Trump's ears then please play '4 Degrees' over and over again into them until they bleed sanity. This follow up EP was obviously written before all the recent lunacy but couldn't be better timed. Lead track 'Paradise' is an excellent vibrant call to arms and with Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never back on production this is a superb mix of angry dirge and electronic banger. The remainder is a mixture of new songs and material performed live. Essential.      
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Horsebeach
Beauty & Sadness

Oh lovely Horsebeach. I hope we didn't fall out too badly in that we maybe didn't give their last album quite the plaudits of their first one. Listening to this lovely new record make me feel even worse about that. The band superbly marry the melancholic rain drenched sound of the Smiths with the jangling beauty of Real Estate.  Here they've introduced some synths too adding to the feel of early 80s dreamers China Crisis and the Lotus Eaters.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Model Village/ The Puncture Repair Kit
Split


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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

David Bowie
No Plan EP

So it turns out you didn't have to buy the Lazarus soundtrack to get these final recordings of David Bowie. It would be foolish not to release them in their own right as they are not only an important document of his last work but they are absolutely superb. The fact that they sound somewhat unfinished only increases their brilliance. Bowie sounds totally unhinged at times and totally inspired.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Tim Darcy
Saturday Night

Ought are one of our favourite bands here at the towers and much of the enjoyment we get is down to singer Tim Darcy's twangy distinctive vocals and oddball lyrical dexterity. If we thought his solo work was going to go down the weird route of his excellent tape collaboration with AJ Cornell then from early teasers this could be a surprise sounding very much like the Strokes or Parquet Courts.  

Public Memory
Veil Of Counsel

Public Memory make a shuffling kind of music out of slithering bass tones, slow-swaggering drum machines and Thom Yorkie vocals, all put through a dubbed-up and tripped-out production style. Veil Of Memory is a three track EP that sonically stands in between last year’s debut album and their forthcoming 2017 follow-up. 12” on Felte.

Depeche Mode
Spirit

2017 is probably as good a year as any for bleak new material from long running dark pop trio Depeche Mode. These synth pop veterans still have a huge following and have here hooked up with producer James Ford (Arctic Monkeys etc) for some grandiose worrying about the state of the world. Nice to have them still around.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Joakim
Samurai

French polymath Joakim dabbles in pretty much everything - running his label Tigersushi, designing the artwork, producing for bands (!!!, Zombie Zombie), remixing Robyn, Todd Terje amongst others, fashion design and contemporary art. Now he returns to his solo leftfield electro-pop productions with his sixth full length album Samurai. Quirky, catchy and unforgettable.

Little Dragon
Season High

A new full-length from Little Dragon, the alternative pop / R&B band from Sweden. Season High was produced by James Ford from Simian Mobile Disco, and his involvement really activates the electro-pop dance music powers that lurk within the band: check out ‘Sweet’ in particular for a tune that’ll spin all over the place come summer. On Because Music.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Old Fire
Songs From The Haunted South

Old Fire presents a collection of remarkably lush and rich Songs From The Old South, thick with bass and strings and reverb. The presentation of this release is really very fine, being a 180g heavyweight vinyl LP housed in a Vaughan Oliver-designed sleeve with metallic printing. Additionally, there is a download code and a bonus CD containing an ‘ambient album deconstruction’. On Brooklyn Bridge Records.

The Golden Filter
STILL // ALONE

Isolated synth-pop with lashings of coldwave and goth-pop. STILL // ALONE is rigidly divided into two halves over two vinyl LPs, separating the more club-orientated output from the home-listening stuff. The Golden Filter (a tight-knit duo) are proud to use predominantly vintage analogue equipment in their music making, and this record consequently has an authentic 80’s feel. 2LP on Optimo.

Tennis
Yours Conditionally

The husband and wife duo of Alaina and Patrick, aka Tennis, prepare to release a gorgeous 10 track streak of retrofurism aptly named Yours Conditionally. The silky-smooth hooks of In The Morning I'll Be Better hint towards special things from the ambitious couple, who pride themselves on classic songwriting and velvety melody.
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The Coral
The Curse Of Love

The Coral are... back!? That's far out. It's been four years since their last record, the neo-psych tinged 'Butterfly House', but 'The Curse Of Love' sees the band in a confident and strikingly ominous mood, making sharp and macabre tunes with marching drums, resounding strings and James Skelly's vocal, which sounds disembodied from his person. Widows and death and loneliness... it's, uh, the Coral?
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

John Foxx
The Virgin Years (1980 - 1985)

This 5CD box set covers the 4 albums John Foxx released between 1980 - 1985 - Metamatic, The Garden, The Golden Section & In Mysterious Ways - plus B-sides and out-takes from the sessions which have been added as bonus tracks after each original album, and on a fifth CD, Fusion/Fission. The Virgin Years includes a new analogue master of Metamatic , along with re-masters of the B-sides - 'This City', 'Film One' etc. The black box also houses five postcards with the artwork for the singles 'Underpass', 'No-One Driving', 'Europe After The Rain', 'Endlessly' and 'Stars On Fire'.

Close Lobsters
Firestation Towers 1986-1989

C86 eh? Fun while it lasted. There were many great bands ...and many of these great bands who claimed that they weren't all jangly and fey. Thing is on the C86 tape only about a third of it was jangly and fey. Close Lobsters appeared on that legendary tape and this is a collection of their two studio albums and a single collection in a big 3LP package. I expect to see some excited fringes flapping about on RSD....and now along comes the CD if you missed out on the vinyl.   

Sheepy
Alarm Bells

Based in Liverpool and made up of school friends Luke, Ollie and Irishman Villy, Alarm Bells is the latest release from Sheepy. Having started to gain some high profile national recognition the indie-rock trio decided to give us a twelve-track record that combines experimental-pop with modern alternative rock. Available on Vinyl LP and CD.

Darren Hayman
Thankful Villages Vol. 2

Darren Hayman (formerly of Hefner), continues his series of records themed around visits to English villages: specifically, the ones who lost no soldiers during World War 1. Thankful Villages Volume 2 digs into the folk histories of eighteen villages, weaving field recordings and interviews into his songcraft. CD / LP release on Rivertones.

Francois & The Atlas Mountains
Solide Mirage

Winsome French collective Francois and the Atlas Mountains get down and dirty with their most direct offering yet. Solide Mirage was recorded by the guy who did Christine and the Queens and Owen Pallet takes care of all the violinning. Lead track 'Grange Dereglemen't sees them going all Riverdance on our asses with celtic melodies and men with scarves dancing about.  

sir Was
Digging A Tunnel

Gothenburg’s Joel Wästberg, AKA sir Was, delivers a debut album that supposedly takes its cues from D’Angelo, My Bloody Valentine, Liturgy and even Sly. Playing every instrument on the record (but for the bagpipe and harmonica), sir Was’ introspective debut arrives via alt mainstays City Slang, heralded by the rough yet mellow soul of lead single “In The Midst”.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lydia Ainsworth
Darling Of The Afterglow

'Darling of The Afterglow' is the sophomore album by Lydia Ainsworth. She knows just exactly what to surround her dramatic voice with: trap beats and shimmery R&B as well as grand quasi-classical arrangements. The record contains a collaboration with Toronto’s up-and-coming progressive musicians, and encompasses synth-pop with modern indie and experimental pop. Described as ‘a woven collection of weird-gothic and future-pop’ it's available on LP and CD with a download code.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Formation
Look At The Powerful People

After a few EPs cultivating their sound Formation have landed a deal with Warner Bros and are ready to drop their debut full length. Anthemic catchiness brought with a disco groove, post-punk grit, and positivity. Features some reworked tracks from their back catalogue, crossing sweaty and uplifting.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Whimsical
Sleep To Dream

Sleep To Dream started getting made in the early 2000s, but difficult band stuff meant that Whimsical dissolved before it was completed… Until now! The reformed band have recently returned to the lost record, taking original parts and rounding them out with brand new recordings, with lovely classic indie-pop results. Sleep To Dream is released by Saint Marie.

Methyl Ethel
Everything Is Forgotten

Methyl Ethel are an Australian indie outfit with a keen interest in dream pop. Everything Is Forgotten also has the advantage of James Ford (of Simian Mobile Disco)  at the production desk, adding electronic flair to the guitary pallette. Available in CD and black vinyl editions, plus a special exclusive magenta vinyl edition if you hurry. On 4AD.

Tess Said So
Scramble + Fate

With piano and percussion at their disposal, the duo behind Tess Said So have figured out an excellent and individual style that takes in aspects of contemporary classical, jazz, minimalism and much more besides. This is intricate and inventive music for an unusual pairing. Scramble + Fate is released in an edition of 150 hand-assembled CDs on the Preserved Sound label.

Sarah Bethe Nelson
Oh, Evolution

Sarah Bethe Nelson returns with a second album of her smartly-formed indie-pop. Oh, Evolution is bright and beautiful, pulling in 60’s California flavours, 70’s AOR flavours and modern garage flavours all together. Oh, Evolution is released in both vinyl and digipak CD editions by Burger Records.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The 1975
Sex EP

The 1975 have kinda' shot to eternal nu-goth glory amongst even the mainstream since their first record, and the Sex EP is a collection of tracks from even before that. The sleeve states only four tracks, but trust me, there are five and the fifth is called Milk. Available on a 12" clear vinyl in a paper jacket and released on Polydor. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Naked and Famous
Simple Forms

Coming originally from New Zealand but now living in sun drenched LA the Naked and Famous certainly sound more like an LA band than a New Zealand one these days. Their name suggests they aren't bothered about being famous but their sound is as slick as it comes with Pat Benetar style verses giving way to enormous Kate Perry choruses. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Prince and the Revolution
Kiss

Well, blimey, this is the easiest and hardest record to describe to you folks. Prince And The Revolution’s Kiss is just that, a big old smooch of funking rock ‘n’ roll pop, a true classic, which will outlast anything I could possibly say about it. A reissued 12” with extended version of Kiss and ♥ or $ (Love Or Money).

Los Campesinos!
Sick Scenes

Good times for UK indie-pop fans as Los Campesinos! make a full-length album return, their first since 2013. Sick Scenes is an eleven track dash through the signature Los Camps style of witty, highly-personal lyrics belted out over jumpy melodic guitar thrash. Lovely stuff, as ever! Out on Wichita, with a foldout poster included with both CD and vinyl editions.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Monopol
Weltweit

If, like this blurb-writer, you watched Channel 4’s excellent Deutschland ‘83 then your thirst for German synth-pop and new-wave will be at an all-time high. Enter Monopol and their reissued Weltweit. The group’s only album came out in 1982, there is of course plenty of Kraftwerk and YMO coursing through the record. Songs like ‘Anarchie’ are either gleefully deranged or knowingly deranged and definitely dance-ably deranged. Remastered for this brave new world.

Hippo Campus
landmark

Inventiveness, sonic maximalism and an uplifting attitude are the core elements of the debut LP from Minneapolis band Hippo Campus. Keeping the spirit of artful indie pop/rock alive, the 13-track landmark is a rich and colourful record with a blur of joyful guitars, sweet vocals and a whole host of other instrumentation that is sure to sustain intrigue. Released as Vinyl LP and CD on the Transgressive label.

Will Joseph Cook
Sweet Dreamer

Post-punk meets pop on the debut album of the multi-talented Will Joseph Cook. Sweet Dreamer, on vinyl LP and CD from Atlantic records, follows several well-received EPs and is a high energy burst of bittersweet melodies and rich production that mixes guitar-band dynamics with glossy electronic techniques.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Dear Reader
Day Fever

A few years deep now, Cherilyn MacNeil puts flesh on the bones of her Dear Reader project here. Lead single ‘I Know You Can Hear It’ has something of the best Dirty Projectors and The Mountain Goats to it (album producer John Vanderslice has already worked with the latter). Another fine addition to the City Slang pantheon.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lush
Ciao! Best Of Lush

Ciao: The Best Of Lush documents the greatest moments from the indie-pop-shoegazers career in reverse chronological order. Tracks are taken from their three full albums: Spooky (1992), Split (1994) and Lovelife (1996) and their debut mini-album, Scar (1989). Originally released on CD in 2001, this is the first ever vinyl pressing. Ciao: The Best of Lush was pressed on red vinyl and presented in a gatefold sleeve. It's now on black vinyl and presented in the same lovely sleeve.
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  • 4AD

Half Waif
form/a

Half Waif is the solo project of Nandi Rose Plunkett, bringing her many various influences (traditional Indian music, classical singing, Celtic music, Messiaen) together into a thrilling blend. form/a is predominantly electronic-pop in terms of textures, but the songcraft and chord structures point to those many other worlds of music. 12” EP on Cascine.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Froth
Outside (Briefly)

Froth are an LA band working that productive meeting point between melodic hazy synth-song and infinite-chug motorik grooves. Outside (briefly) features Froth showing off the most refined version of their sound to date, heavy with slick atmosphere and flair. CD and limited yellow vinyl LP editions available, on Wichita.

Dams Of The West
Youngish American

Dams Of The West is in fact a solo project of Chris Tomson, better known as the drummer for none other than Vampire Weekend. Youngish American avoids the pitfalls of ‘drummer solo album’ very deftly, being a sweet suite of soulful pop music helmed by Tomson’s cool vocals. Youngish American is released by Colombia.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Gurgles
4Monica

Gurgles are a Bradford trio who work a narrow groove of proggish / poppish synth music, featuring prominent Fender Rhodes chords, two-part harmony vocals and choppy rhythms. 4Monica was produced by local luminary MJ (of Hookworms), and it sounds just fab. Released in the rare format of cassette single by Saltaire Recordings.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Various
Static Waves 5

The 5th compilation released by Saint Marie records, showcasing the breadth of their dreampop and shoegaze love affair, covering all aspects of the genres and the diversity within it. 17 tracks, 13 of which are previously unreleased, including tracks from Seasurfer, Bloody Knives, Resplandor, and When The Sun Hits. Get this one ready for the summer.

Broadway
Debut

“Der-ner-ner-ner, der-ner-neeeer, on broadwayyyyy”. Those coming here for rousing soul cuts ala The Drifters will leave empty handed. However, there is a soul of sorts to what Broadway do, if you can trace that path down to The Fall and Sleaford Mods. Much like the latter, many a track here fuses cheap Casio drum loops with laconic half-ranted vocals. Two thirds of the band are the much-vaunted Aussies Art Rush and David Nichols.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

HEKLA
HEKLA

HEKLA release their debut of dreamy, psych-pop on vinyl LP from the Caroline True label. This self-titled record borrows the tight dynamics of girl-group pop like The Shangri-Las, but connects it with weirder, off-kilter sounds, strange synthesizer instrumentation and even a little bit of Swedish folk music.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Dutch Uncles
Big Balloon

Machester's favourite artful wonk-pop outfit Dutch Uncles continue to churn out material, with their latest being 2017-due Big Balloon. Fronted by a self-titled and explosive lead single, with the typical addition of Duncan's (lead) off-kilter dance moves, this edition takes listeners on a consistently intricate avant-garde journey.

Molly Burch
Please Be Mine

Please Be Mine is the debut album of Molly Burch, a singer trained in jazz vocal techniques but taking herself in slightly different directions when it comes to her own music. Along with her tight knit band, featuring Danny Toliver and Dan Duszynski, she recorded these cool, sweetly swinging songs in just a little over a day. Please Be Mine is out on Captured Tracks.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Wesley Gonzalez
Excellent Musician

Weird and wonderful experimental pop from Wesley Gonzalez, formerly of Let’s Wrestle. The process behind Excellent Musician took years of playful bedroom demos and semi-improvised them into fully-fledged songs in a deliberately hurried way, using a band unfamiliar with the material. The results are real fresh, balancing oddness with proper-popness. On Moshi Moshi.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Deep Throat Choir
Be Ok

Deep Throat Choir is Luisa Gerstein’s ensemble, for which the rules are simple: only female voices and drums feature. Be OK is their debut full-length recording, and contains a mixture of original songs and inventive arrangements of songs by the likes of Electrelane, Bjork, Amy Winehouse and more. Out on Bella Union.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Novella
Change of State

London based Novella provide a soul warming slab of indie rock with a psychedelic tinge. Returning to Sinderlyn with a follow up album to their debut Land, Change Of State is a reflection on returning from touring to a very different Britain, politically and socially. Stripping back to bare basics by recording straight to 8-track with James Hoare  of Veronica Falls adds an exposed charm.

Jens Lekman
Life Will See You Now

Jens Lekman drops his fourth full-length album on a waiting world. The Swedish songwriter has really cranked up the rhythms here on Life Will See You Now, toying with samba and bossa nova among other styles. That means you get the witty intimacy of Lekman’s songs in a lively danceable format: lovely. CD / LP / cassette release on Secretly Canadian.

East Wall
Silence

Premium quality vinyl reissue of the ultra rare LP. East Wall are better known for the 12" hit "Eyes Of Glass", but this is an amazing album from a few years later. Crossing through different styles and with many great tracks. A must for fans of Minimal Wave, Dark Entries, Mannequin. Limited 300 copies. First copies available on transparent coloured vinyl. Vinyl 135 g / LP-cover with 3mm spine, 280g , 2014 remastered versions. Tracks: A1. Silence A2. Ice Of FireA3. Twenty Five Sunsets Before DawnA4. Angelo B1. BlueB2. PrivacyB3. Twenty Seven

Prince and The New Power Generation
Cream

An enormous portion of Cream here from Prince and The New Power Generation. This 12” EP contains nine versions of the classic track, from the original album version to ‘Housebangers’, ‘Get Some Solo’ and ‘Ethereal’ mixes. Of course, all of them have that crucial Prince sex-funk running through them. 12” reissue on Warner Bros.

Prince
If I Was Your Girlfriend

A classic single by the legend that is Prince, reissued in proper 12” style. 1986’s If I Was Your Girlfriend is a tender exploration of intimate platonic relationships, sung over slapped bass and sexy synths. And on the B-side, you can find an extended 12” version of ‘Shockadelica’. Reissued 12” on Warner Bros.

Prince
U Got The Look

A classic single by the legend that is Prince, reissued in proper 12” style. 1988’s U Got The Look features a guest vocal from Sheena Easton, and is presented here in two different mixes. And on the B-side, you can find two different versions of ‘Housequake’. Reissued 12” on Warner Bros.

Grandaddy
Last Place

Rocking the beard look waaaaay before anyone else Grandaddy disappeared for far too long but are now back to remind us of their other worldly and grandiose take on Cosmic American Music. Lead track 'A Lost Machine' will whet your tastebuds if you think Mercury Rev never topped 'Deserters Songs' or if you wish ELO would come back...or indeed if you like Grandaddy.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Cloud Nothings
Life Without Sound

Cloud Nothings have a fourth album ready to go: not bad going given that main man Dylan Baldi is still just 25 years old. Derek Bailey once said that “Life without music would be a mistake”, and we can only assume that Life Without Sound would be even worse. Fortunately, there is plenty of polished rock sound to be enjoyed on this album: the Nothings sound more accomplished than ever. Out on Wichita.

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

Clock Opera
Venn

A five year wait for the follow up to their debut Ways To Forget, and after extensive touring with Alt-J and Metronomy, and having a lineup change, London based Clock Opera are ready to drop Venn. Playing with a wide sonic palette from found sounds to warm synths to dramatic and crisply produced drums they smash the electronic and indie into pop with a big band sound. Comes with remixes by NZCA/Lines Taigen Kawabe of Bo Ningen, and Annie Hart from Au Revoir Simone.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lowly
Heba

As far as Danish noise-pop debuts go, “Heba” by Lowly, a quintet who formed as a result of the member’s time spent together at musical academy, Aarhus, Denmark, is one of the best. Multilayered instrumentation, which sees vocals, guitars, synths, and laptops laid atop one another to create a vivid and textured bed of sound, really is the star of this release.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Honeyblood
Honeyblood

Glasgow two-piece Honeyblood announce the release of their eponymous, debut LP. Recorded at legendary producer Peter Katis' Tarquin Studios (The National, Interpol) in just ten days last November, 'Honeyblood' is an accomplished and delightfully fierce record. "Peter was the perfect match for us," singer/guitarist Stina Tweeddale said of the recording. "He perfectly managed to capture our live performance in the studio." From the urgent guitar and dive-bomb drums of opener 'Fall Forever', the album twists through the gutsy punk of 'Killer Bangs', to reveal discordant anthems like 'Super Rat'. It has pared down alt pop gems in the likes of 'Biro' and 'No Spare Key', but also more country/folk influenced moments like, '(I'd Rather Be) Anywhere But Here', 'Braid Burn Valley' and 'Bud'. The band started from humble DIY beginnings, organising their own guerrilla show at The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow to commemorate the release of a raucous two-track cassette entitled, 'Thrift Shop'. Honeyblood quickly ingrained themselves into the bustling Glaswegian scene, fast becoming one of its most talked-about names and going on to play festivals everywhere from The Great Escape to their native T In The Park. But with their full-length debut ready to go, big name supports, and world tours locked, 2014 certainly looks to be the year with Honeyblood's name written all over it.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Weeknd
Starboy

Sweet-voiced yet bearded R&B superstar Abel Makkonen Tesfaye returns with his third album 'Starboy' an 18 track extravaganza of smooth sounds which has been helped along by the involvement of French disco robots Daft Punk. Expect slightly unsettling chilled out mega R & B heavy on the atmospherics and disconcerting lyrical verbosity.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Depeche Mode
Playing The Angel

Depeche Mode keep it clinical with Playing The Angel, a self-explanatory live record that takes choice cuts from records such as Songs Of Faith and Devotion and Violator and puts them to the stage. Theatrical but brooding and ironed out in every discipline, this is pretty rudimentary stuff from one of the greatest synth-pop bands of all time.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Depeche Mode
Sounds of The Universe

Depeche Mode asserted their plans to make the most ubiquitous songs ever with Sounds of the Universe. That said, the record is one of the more modest entries in their canon, caged in with restrained but still pantomimic programmed percussion and slow-moving synth; it's a pop masterpiece of the gradual variety. Be patient.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Depeche Mode
Ultra

Ultra was Depeche Mode's 2007 comeback album following their much publicised drink and drug problems and the split with Alan Wilder. It starts off pretty well with Barrel of a Gun but it's hard to convince anybody that it's their best work despite sleek production by Tim Simenon (Bomb the Bass). Indeed trying to find plaudits for it online all I could find was that it ranked number 71 on a list of the "100 Albums That Shook Polish Rock".  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Gabriella Cohen
Full Closure and No Details

Here is a direct and highly intimate debut from Gabriella Cohen, recorded at home in Australia with the assistance of close friend and associate Kate Dillon. Full Closure And No Details is a sweet set of indie-pop songs with 60’s summer melodies and pleasingly simple production. The album is released by Captured Tracks.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Summer Moon
With You Tonight

With members of The Strokes, The Airborne Toxic Event, Uh Huh Her and Jane’s Addiction, new band Summer Moon are well placed to capture the hearts of alternative rock fans. With You Tonight is a pretty cool set of songs with a light touch and sleek production: it’ll sound extra good in the summer. Out on Membran.

Mozart's Sister
Field of Love

Mozart’s Sister is Caila Thompson-Hannant’s solo musical project, and the core idea she had for it is that everything should be fun. Now, that doesn’t mean that everything has to be technicolour and explosive, just that Field Of Love welcomes in all listeners and puts smiles on their faces. It is indeed a good-times record. Out on Arbutus Records.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Noga Erez
Off The Radar

Noga Erez is a Tel Aviv artist working with edgy electronic pop and heavyweight personal-political themes. Off The Radar is her debut album, and it ‘s glitchy-catchy aesthetics make it an obvious winner of a record from a bold talent. Off The Radar is released in CD and vinyl editions on City Slang.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Girl One And The Grease Guns
The Shatterproof Man

Weirdo group Girl One And The Grease Guns have set themselves a bunch of rules: anonymity, no live shows, a series of seven 7”s and no more… Exciting eh? The Shatterproof Man is bright and fun electro-pop on the A side, and dark clanking industrial ambience on the B side. Clear vinyl, with a bonus 3-track CD for early orders.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Homeshake
Fresh Air

Homeshake is a chill guy. As chill as you imagine someone might be who escaped the presumed nightmare of being in Mac De Marco's backing band. He now makes laid back home made lo-fi soul seemingly made on the cheapest keyboards ever but it reminds us of relaxing on a summers day so all is good. Slinky and warm this should sound nice when the sun shines. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Cuddle Magic
Ashes/Axis

Cuddle Magic is a big six-piece group with experience across the musical spectrum (reaching Amanda Palmer on the one side and Fred Frith on the other). Ashes / Axis has the gang playing around with pop flavours, in which bright and lovely melodies are delivered on a bed of weirdo textures. Great stuff, on Northern Spy.

Vaults
Caught In Still Life

Vaults are in serious ascendancy. Their rise is, admittedly, largely due to this debut's conclusive track, One Day I'll Fly Away - as featured in 2016's John Lewis xmas ad. However this album rides on a vast depth of emotional vibrancy and crystal clear production, not simply on a singular momentous hit.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Le Ton Mite
Passe Compose Futur Conditionnel

Le Ton Mité is a hard-to-pin-down collective with one McCloud Zicmuse sitting at the centre (other participants include members of Deerhoof and A Hawk And A Hacksaw). Passe Compose Futur Conditionnel packs an impressive 50 songs into 67 minutes, covering a wide span of sounds and styles. CD and double LP release on Crammed Discs.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The xx
I See You

Are you ready to weep? Here come sad Londoners the XX with a brand new album and following on from Jamie's solo success it sounds like they've brought some upbeat dance floor energy into their misery. Hall and Oates sampling lead single 'On Hold' shows them sounding relatively upbeat.  Comes on all sorts of different formats. 

Brent Cash
The New High

Brent Cash is a pop mastermind like they used to make ‘em, building songs with an almost symphonic level of lush detail. He even plays all the instruments himself (apart from the strings)! As you can imagine, all that takes time, so The New High is his first album in five years, but it's well worth the wait if you like Van Dyke Parks-esque vintage super-pop! Out on Marina.

Allison Crutchfield
Tourist in This Town

Swearin’s Allison Crutchfield returns with a solo debut full-length in tow. “Tourist in This Town” re-introduces Crutchfield with a more complete realisation of her skill in songwriting, arranging and instrumentation. Bringing synths into the mix, the album was recorded with Jeff Zeigler and shows off its sheen through the anthemic lead single “Dean’s Room”. The CD is a 4-panel digipak and the LP includes a download code.

D∆WN
Infrared (Deluxe)

This is the deluxe edition of the 'Infrared' EP by this soul star favoured by some of the younger people in the office. Here she collaborates with some like-minded folk (Kingdom, Prince Will) on some smooth auto-tune friendly R&B and to make things even more exciting this time they've added a bunch of remixes too. 

Sacred Paws
Strike A Match

Sacred Paws, the new band name of members of former noise pop group, Golden Grrls, is a pairing of Rachel Aggs and Eilidh Rodgers. “Strike a Match”, the pair’s debut as Sacred Paws, will be released through Glasgow’s Rock Action Records. If you are a fan or Sleater Kinney or The Raincoats you are sure to like this collection of jangly indie pop tracks, released on heavyweight vinyl and CD.

Chastity
Peroxide

Chastity is the project of Brandon Williams, broadcasting from a Canadian suburb that is apparently positioned so that Toronto is tantalisingly out of reach. The frustration of youth is a key theme on Peroxide, a song as heavy with emotional drama as it is with reverb, piano and big-chorus drums. 7” on Captured Tracks.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

David Bowie
A Reality Tour - Live

A Reality Tour - Live is both a live album and a greatest hits from the star king of our hearts, David Bowie. The setlists for this, his final tour, span the range of that enviable career, so you get fresh spins on all your favourites. And the presentation for this first-time-on-vinyl edition is grand: 3 translucent blue vinyl LPs in a big grand box, with some posters too. Luxury Bowie.

Rose Elinor Dougall
Stellular

Stellular is the second solo album by ex-Pippette, Rose Elinor Dougall. It’s her first album in nearly 7 years, following on from 2010’s Without Why. Dougall describes the album as being more confident than her previous work. It’s a thoroughly modern album with some classic songwriting soundtracking the difficulties facing a beleaguered generation.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Sodastream
Little By Little

Australian duo Sodastream return to recorded music for the first time in a full decade. Little By Little is a record in the band’s classic guitar-pop tradition, full of songs that have lovely details squeezed into every corner: intimate and epic at the same time. CD and LP editions on their own Sodastream Music imprint.

St. Francis Hotel
Stay As You Are / You'd Gotta Be Alive

St. Francis Hotel are no different to many production duos in that they are an enigmatic pair, preferring to stay out of the limelight and let their music do the talking. Where they do differ, perhaps, was noted on their debut single Mondello - a fresh slice of soulful and melodic retro pop. Now their latest 7” offering Stay As You Are/You’d Gotta Be Alive hopes to deliver more of the same.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Cancer
Totem

Cancer is Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild and Kristian Finne Kristensen, of When Saints Go Machine and Chorus Grant respectively. Totem is the first public release of their work together, exploring human relationships, especially through the prism of darker moments (hence the band’s name). Almost an hour of music here, split across two LPs. Out on Tambourhinoceros.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Goldfrapp
Silver Eye

Seemingly content to veer between dark electro-pop and dark cinematic folk it looks like Goldfrapp have swayed back towards the electronic side of things with this their 7th album. Looks like they've gone for a star studded cast this time round with St Vincent, John Grant, Wild Beasts, The Haxan Cloak and the ubiquitous John Congleton all lending a hand  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

London O’Connor
O∆

London O’Connor gives his debut album O∆ a ‘proper’ CD and vinyl release, after it was initially issued only on Soundcloud. London moves freely between different genres: all we can pin him down on are his themes, of dislocation and suburban disaffection. Out on True Panther Sounds.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Foxygen
Hang

Literally the most hated band by my late friend Archie, Foxygen would have incurred his wrath further by unleashing an album they are calling 'big band' music. The fact that they have enlisted those awful brothers the Lemon Twigs into their line up tells you all you need to know. Lead single 'Follow the Leader' both looks and sounds like Hall and Oates.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Cherry Glazerr
Apocalipstick

Cherry Glazerr have announced Apocalipstick, their new album, set for release on 20th January 2017. Recorded at Hollywood’s nominal Sunset Sound studio with celebrated producers Joe Chicarrelli (The White Stripes, The Strokes, My Morning Jacket) and Carlos De La Garza (Paramore, Bleached, M83), this is the band’s debut album for Secretly Canadian.

Luxury Death
Glue

One half of them used to be in Nai Harvest but now they do this sort of Stevie Nicks-type thing called Luxury Death. ‘Glue’ is a very good synth-pop song - the verse ticks along pleasingly, with Ben Thompson (the Nai Harvest one) and Meg Williams sharing vocal duties. However, the way they completely pull up the groove for the chorus is novel indeed. The rest of the songs on this EP showcase similar songwriting quirks that make Luxury Death a more engaging proposition than many of their peers.

Klyne
Don't Stop / Water Flow

Klyne are a Dutch group making electro-pop that manages to be proper pop (e.g. you could play it on the radio and use it on stylish adverts) as well as proper electro (e.g. the synths bite just right). Their Don’t Stop / Water Flow EP contains four tracks of this, and is priced extremely reasonably too. 12” on Because Music.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Austra
Future Politics

Austra’s third album Future Politics arrives just at the right time. It has the ambitious mission of making sense of the current state of the world. Future Politics is filled with crystalline anthems, inspired by group leader Katie Stelmanis’ time living in Montreal and Mexico City, that have enough punch for the dancefloor or enough chill for the headphones. On Domino.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Stray Trolleys
Barricades and Angels

If, like me, you've fallen in love with the music of Martin Newell via the various the Cleaners from Venus and the Brotherhood of Lizards re-issues on Captured Tracks then here's another one to add to the list. This delves further back in time to the late '70s and Newell's rickety new wave outfit the Stray Trolleys. His melodic instinct is already perfectly intact and here coupled with songs of a more glammy persuasion referencing Roxy Music, Lou Reed and Bowie.  

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