Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Hazel English
Just Give In / Never Going Home

Hazel English was originally from Australia but more recently has been sunbaked in California where she has concocted this heady brew of blurry jangle pop. Amid the jangling guitars and sweet melodies, her voice soars which has led to comparisons to DIIV and to her touring with hat wielding reformed shoegazers Ride. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Chad Valley
Equatorial Ultravox Addendum

Chad Valley prepares dance floor friendly electronica with keening vocals and punch the air synth motifs and here we get a vinyl re-issue of his earlier EP now with two tracks added and a remix which appeared on the zombie flick 'Warm Bodies'.  His live set is described as 'the best in the business' by the confident press release and he has supported Erasure and Foals to help back up this claim. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

POLIÇA
Lipstick Stains / Still Counts

An extremely limited record store day release from Minneapolis’ Poliça. Double single on white 7” features two brand new collaborative tracks. Being well versed in crafting multi-layered melancholic soundscapes as well as crunchy and crisp electro working with Boyz Noize and Spank Rock plays to both sides.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Nite Jewel
Real High

Ramona Gonzalez returns to her Nite Jewel project with long time collaborator Cole M.G.N. for her fourth album. Featuring works with Dâm-Funk, Droop-E, and Julia Holter, Real High offers future pop ballads and dance floor ready stompers with a neon chrome sheen mixed in with vulnerable, nostalgic lyrics. CD and LP from Gloriette.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Nick Hakim
Where Will We Go Pt. I & II

Mixing his competence on piano with a variety of musical disciplines that make him sound slick, professional and tremendously emotional -- like James Blake in another, slightly different life -- Nick Hakim presents his new record, 'Where Will We Go Pt 1 & 2'. The instrumental flourishes are largely the work of Hakim himself, who creates wide empty spaces through a plethora of different arrangements.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Helado Negro
Private Energy (Expanded)

In receiving its first vinyl pressing, an Expanded version of Private Energy has come some way since its original release on small cassette. Whilst everything about the electronic landscape has evolved and developed, this revitalised brainchild of Helado Negro still has a firmly lodged place on the horizon.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble
Find Me Finding You

New sounds from a new outfit of Laetitia Sadier, the queen of Stereolab. This debut album of the Source Ensemble features some familiar collaborators, as well as guest spots from the likes of Rob Mazurek and Alexis Taylor. The smoothly groovy flavour of all Sadier’s work is still gorgeously present here on Find Me Finding You. Released by Drag City.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Heather Trost
Agistri

Heather Trost, who, as one half of A Hawk And A Hacksaw, has hefty credentials from playing with Neutral Milk Hotel, Thor Harris, Beirut and more. Her solo work is now flourishing, with Agistri arriving on the back of a 7” and a cassette. The album is centred around the Greek island it is named for, and it's an infectious suite of stylistically-varied pop music. CD / LP on LM Dupli-Cation.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Isla Del Rojo
Isla Del Rojo

Guitarist and composer Ulrik Ording and drummer Daniel Ögren step away from their Mainekk project and after having both worked with Anna Von Hausswolf journey somewhere much lighter with Isla Del Rojo. Focusing heavily on folk music and all that entails, and blending South American styles with a Swedish pop uplift. Limited LP on Tona Serand.

Deadboy
Earth Body

As a nine-track expedition, Local Action label present Earth Body - a full-length that contributes to the modern evolutions of UK post-dubstep. Deadboy's latest release is influenced by spheres of R&B, house and dance - which fuse exciting new elements to the producer's trademark style.
  • Vinyl LP (LOCLP011)
  • £14.49 £8.69 (saving: £5.80)
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  • Last copy

Jessica Says
Do With Me What U Will

Jessica Says had her career rudely interrupted by a major accident eight years ago, but she now returns to the musical arena with a record that engages with that recent past. Do With Me What U Will is a mature and catchy pop record that features Jessica’s cello as well as her vocals. CD / LP release on Chapter Music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Sylvan Esso
What Now

Electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso made up of Amelia Meath and Nicholas Sanborn (Made Of Oak) move to Loma Vista for their sophomore album What Now. Meath’s vocals range from CocoRosie fragility to a pop choir version of Zola Jesus, whilst the music follows a modernised 80s synth tract fans of College  might enjoy.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Feist
Pleasure

Leslie Feist comfortably forms part of the burgeoning spearhead of Canadian talent taking over the world. Nearly six years since her last release, Feist returns with an expansive and immersive full-length - crammed with organic production, sweet hooks and a cheeky Jarvis Cocker cameo. This is a creative feast.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

White Violet
Ages

White Violet’s process for this record involved a year-long process of writing pairs of songs, each pair consciously developing on the themes of the previous. The resulting album Ages ended up being about time and ageing and adulthood, with songs that manage these themes intimately and maturely. Released on vinyl by Normaltown Records.
  • Vinyl LP (NTR2017)
  • £14.49 £8.69 (saving: £5.80)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Los Angeles Police Department
Los Angeles Police Department

Since being a member of LA indie rock band Warm Weather, Ryan Pollie has gone it alone as the not google friendly Los Angeles Police Department, and has been signed to Anti-/Epitaph. A wondrous twist on indie pop, there’s elements of lo-fi, Bowie, Feist, acoustic guitars with synth, and scandinavian pop. Great, weird, and fun.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Chills
Silver Bullets

Silver Bullets is The Chills first new record since Sunburnt in 1996. Their distinctive, complicated and smart guitar pop mixes lyrics of desolation with memorable, bright melodies. The Chills, along with bands such as The Clean and The Verlaines were part of The Dunedin Sound - a style of indie-pop from New Zealand with a jangly guitar sound.

Chromatics
Night Drive

Before Johnny Jewel became famous for his soundtrack work (see Lost River, A Beautiful Now) he was a member of Chromatics. Night Drive was their third album and the on which transformed them from DIY noise rockers to sleek '80s influenced synth soundtrackers keen on Italo disco and leading to tracks from the album appearing on all manner of films and TV shows.  
  • Vinyl Double LP (IDIB28IVORY)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Just Friends
Don't Tell Me


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

TV On The Radio
Return To Cookie Mountain

TV On The Radio were such a breath of fresh air when they emerged from their Brooklyn hideaway. The band melted dub, post-rock, electronica and soul with a singer who sounded unnervingly liken Peter Gabriel. Return to Cookie Mountain was their second full length album and the moment where their art rock started to cross over to more commercial territories. The fact that it contains a guest appearance from Dame David Bowie tells you the high regard the band were held in by rock royalty.  

TV On The Radio
Dear Science

Just when we worried that TV On The Radio were going to get worse they actually got better. Dear Science was the Brooklyn band's third LP but carried on where earlier work left off introducing a real distinctive edge into their sound which married pop and soul and electronica making their sound more user-friendly without selling out completely. Stellar stuff that refuses to age. 
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Lemon Twigs
Do Hollywood

Setting the bar at terrifying new levels for annoying-ness, LA rich kid duo the Lemon Twigs manage to invoke '70s Paul McCartney to such a face slapping degree that the album should come with a bonus aloft thumb. They also recall preposterous '90s power pop revivalists Jellyfish in their love of dressing up like extras from Blackadder while worshipping at the leg of Emitt Rhodes.  
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

Purity Ring
Shrines

Purity Ring were a Canadian duo swept up on 4AD's big early two thousand and teens talent hoover. They took club culture and applied a 4AD-friendly ethereal drift to it. Inspired hugely by R&B and hip-hop they emerged with a record that blended dream-pop with rattling rhythms and chopped up electronics and pitch-shifted vocals. 
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Pixies
Surfer Rosa

One of the best albums ever recorded, Surfer Rosa was the near perfect amalgamation of Pixies scary but tuneful angular rock and the boxy live production of Steve Albini. The A side in particular is an incredible run of wild, high octane rock music the likes of which has barely been seen again. They made an equally good album in Doolittle before venturing onto slowly diminishing returns but Surfer Rosa catches Pixies at their absolute incendiary best.  
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Grimes
Visions

While Grimes (Claire Boucher) has made some … let’s say odd choices in recent years, her eccentricities should not overshadow the quality of her music. There is arguably no Grimes release finer than 2012’s ‘Visions’, the project's third LP and the one that sent her star shooting into the stratosphere. A set of electro-pop tunes that balance cyberpunk sonics with ethereal wafts of vocal and some sneakily brilliant hooks, the years since ‘Visions’ was released have seen it frequently imitated but rarely bettered. Contains ‘Oblivion’ and ‘Genesis’.
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Grimes
Art Angels

Grimes is back, not that’s she’s been away really, but she certainly split some opinions when she released Go in 2014. With Art Angels she has turned away from the populist pop-trap fad and delivered 14 tracks of addictive leftfield pop. Featuring even more instrumentation played by herself as well as collaborations with Janelle Monáe and Aristophanes.
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Future Islands
Singles

Not a Greatest Hits type collection but the first album Future Islands recorded for 4AD. After years as a much loved underground cult band, Future Islands truly crossed over not just with their more streamlined synth pop sound but with the comical antics of singer Sam Herring on their breakout performance on the Late Show with David Letterman. Expect '80s-obsessed smooth synth juxtaposed with eccentric soul-influenced barking and David Brent-like dance moves.  
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

EL VY
Return To The Moon

Menomena and the National are clearly good friends: earlier this year Pfarmers formed from members of each, and now another band has come to us with the former's Brent Knopf and the latter's Matt Berninger. I guess you could call it an indie rock supergroup, though as EL VY ("hell pie", we're told as way of pronunciation), the typical modesty of Berninger should temper that; it'll take the surreal, humorist songwriting of Knopf to lift them both up.
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

Daughter
Not To Disappear

Second album from Daughter, the slightly-ethereal, thoroughly-melancholic indie trio. They’ve been away for 3 years, and the time has allowed them to hone their frosted sound to a fine, sharp point: Not To Disappear is sincerely sad in sound and in words, but manages to avoid becoming maudlin. Out on 4AD.
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Camera Obscura
Desire Lines

'Desire Lines' was the fifth album by Scottish indie starlets Camera Obscura and was the last to be recorded before the tragic passing of keyboard player Carey Lander. Produced by ace producer Tucker Martine (R.E.M., Spoon, My Morning Jacket etc.) it's their most immaculate sounding record with high end indie-pop tunes with a level of sophistication that doesn't tarnish their DIY roots. For the uninitiated: if you like Belle and Sebastian, this band are for you. 
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Rat Columns
Candle Power

David West continues work on his baby, the ever versatile Rat Columns, through a series of punk rock and pop plot twists that don't quite hook up but never really intend to. His EP for Blackest Ever Black under this moniker was tinged with a light psychedelia and had an earnestly classic feel to it, though that makes no guarantees on this record's sound. 

Julia Holter
In The Same Room

Julia Holter fans rejoice: here we have a set of live-in-the-studio performances of Holter material from each of her four albums. In The Same Room is the first in Domino’s new ‘Documents’ series, in which artists perform live in a studio, and it is a great beginning: Holter’s music sounds as crystal clear as ever on these recordings. CD and double LP editions available.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Pawws
Sugar

Sugar, her debut EP, is coloured by a subtlety of emotion and lingering nostalgia that encapsulates the maturity of her sound, all the while exploring the tempestuousness of relationships. “I guess the main theme of this EP is the what happens when you continue loving someone, even when you know it is bad for you,” she explains. “Although the EP is generally about the pitfalls of love I still think it has an element of hope to it, because you only take risks and end up in those situations when you’re open with your heart.”
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Arms Of Someone New
Susan Sleepwalking

The Arms Of Someone New were an Illinois band who comfortably combined all their favourite genres into one sound: synth-pop, folk, industrial, ambient… Susan Sleepwalking, the duo’s first full-length album, was originally self-released in 1985, and has now been properly remastered and re-pressed to vinyl by Dark Entries, complete with a replica jacket and an insert of lyrics and press clippings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
  • Artist(s):
  • PVT

David Bowie
Heathen

David Bowie reissue time! Heathen was his 2002 release and his 22nd album. He throws in a couple of covers to this one, including a nice version of Pixies ‘Cactus’. Heathen is understood to be one of the better late-period Bowie albums. The reissue is, of course on heavyweight 180g vinyl. On Friday Music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Élan Vital
Shadow Self

Elan Vital operate out of Dunedin, New Zealand, that hotbed of exciting creativity. The trio pull off a fine thing in taking the rich organ sounds of vintage days and applying their textures to the structures of synth-pop. Yum yum! Shadow Self is moody and danceable dream-pop to lose your head in, and it is released by Fishrider Records and Occultation Recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Future Islands
The Far Field

Remember that funny dancing man off the telly? Well he's back with a 1980s era backing band for another album of emotional synth pop. 'The Far Field' was recorded at the legendary Sunset Studios with John Congleton yet still manages to sound like it was recorded on a state of the art digi-studio in 1985.  
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Violents and Monica Martin
Awake and Pretty Much Sober

The first full-blown and full-length collaborative release of Violents and Monica Martin. Awake And Pretty Much Sober (a high bar to set eh?) is a pop album made by two electronic natives, sifting samples, instruments, vocal harmonies and much else into a set of bright and compelling songs. Awake And Pretty Much Sober is released by Partisan Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

College
Shanghai

As a squelching pool of nostalgic synthwork, College's third full-length album - Shanghai - is an enriching building block on top of an already sprawling collection. Inspired by the city itself, this gold-pressed LP is an offering absorbed in mystery and a perfect homage to one of the world's most intriguing cities.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Legends
Nightshift

For anyone in love with the niche world of retro-furturist synthesizers - look no further. This gorgeous 16-track slab, coined Nightshift, embraces a deluge of vocoders and a shed load of analogue sounds in what makes up a Scandanavian electro expedition. This is The Legends; this is space-pop in its most galactic fashion.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Alice Jemima
Alice Jemima

Warm and sparse leftfield electronic pop from Alice Jemima, who shot into view with her stripped down/bare groove cover of Blackstreet’s No Diggity. And after garnering a lot of support from Radio 1 and Amazing radio, she is now set to release her debut full length on Sunday Best. Includes her leading singles Dodged A Bullet and Liquorice.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Paco Sala
The Silent Season

Full-length album number five from Paco Sala. The Silent Season was born out of improvised sessions with synthesisers, vocals, samples etc. Hazy pop is still the name of the game, but Paco Sala have deliberately allowed whatever ‘errors’ came through in their playing and production to stand, making this a true portrait of a time and a state. Out on Denovali.

The Perfect Kiss
Disconnect

The Perfect Kiss is Joe Moore (also of The Yearning and Lia Pamina), operating in electro-pop mode. In fact, apart from the excellent vocals of Holly Vanags, a particular Yamaha keyboard from 1985 is the only sound-source on Disconnect, with Joe fully engaging his talents to make magic out of such a minimal pallet. 10” mini-LP on Elefant, limited to 500.
  • Vinyl 10" (ER1217LP)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Coco Hames
Coco Hames

The debut solo album from Coco Hames, an American songwriter in a classic 60’s pop vein. As the frontwoman of The Ettes, our Coco knows her way around a tune, but Coco Hames gives her the chance to get really stuck into her personal favourite pop and country influences. Coco Hames is released by Merge.

Father
Pop Chops

27 song compilation of Stoke On Trent's answer to Guided By Voices. During the '90s Father released a slew of remarkable lo-fi albums where beneath tape recorder hiss lay unbelievable brilliant compositions referencing Pavement, early Hood and of course GBV. The best bits have now been collected on this jam packed compilation.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

White Kite
Swans

Straight from a bedroom in London bursts a fresh talent in the form of four piece White Kite. Quite rightly compared to Grizzly Bear or Cloud Boat with an added slice of cold electronica and 80s songwriting their debut Swans is a heady mix of finger clicks 808 basslines, glistening synths and catchy vocals. Pretty cool stuff.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Georgia
Georgia

Debut album from Georgia, who recently made a splash with the Move Systems single. Just as the album title bears only her name, the record features only her, from instruments played to songs written to all the production. Swift-footed, percussively-grounded underground pop with a touch of grime. Released by Domino.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Joe Goddard
Electric Lines

Joe Goddard of Hot Chip/The 2 Bears has kept busy enough with his other projects and has now readied his sophomore full length, after an 8 year wait but with trickles of singles. Electric Lines offers fantastic leftfield pop with a dancefloor at it’s focus. Disco grooves and laser-reaching togetherness.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Me and the Bees
Menos Mal

Me and the Bees are a Spanish indie pop band with the enviable power to summon up sheer joyous vibes with every one of its quick little two minute tracks. Menos Mal is happy hedonist summer music, built out of sweet vocal harmonies and cool chords. Ooh it's lovely stuff this is. CD / LP on La Castanya.

Gorillaz
Humanz

Damon Albarn and his Gorillaz return in full effect with their fifth album and follow up to 2010’s Plastic Beach. Boasting an incredible list of featured artists including Vince Staples, De La Soul, Danny Brown, Benjamin Clementine, D.R.A.M. and many more.  The standard CD has four random different front cover options – one per band member. Super Deluxe Vinyl Box Set – Strictly limited Box Set containing 14 pieces of 12” coloured vinyl (each one a different colour), packaged in individually art-worked sleeves. Each piece of vinyl features an album track b/w an exclusive alternate version on the ‘b-side’. Includes a 54-page, cloth-bound, foil-blocked, hardback book of Gorillaz artwork by Jamie Hewlett and a download card, all housed in a bespoke 12” vinyl case.  Deluxe Vinyl + Art Book – Double, heavyweight 12” black vinyl, housed in a cloth-bound, foil blocked 54-page hardback book of Gorillaz artwork by Jamie Hewlett.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Barry Adamson
Love Sick Dick

Barry Adamson, a man with experience in Magazine and Nick Caves’s Bad Seeds, has a new solo EP of ‘unrequited love and lust’ music. Love Sick Dick is six tracks of dramatic synth-blues, tracing the woes of a character suffering from affairs of the heart. Vinyl and CD EP editions available via Central Control.

The Dove & The Wolf
Don’t Know What To Feel

Made up of Paloma Gil and Louise Hayat-Camard, The Dove and The Wolf have only had an EP and a single release to their name before Fat Possum caught onto their warm and heart-filled songwriting. Written in a state of upheaval, waiting for visas and being in Paris at the time of the Bataclan attacks is certainly a driving force on Don’t Know What To Feel. It is tragic, human, and filled with a strong determination to survive.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

MMOTHS
Deu

Irish producer MMOTHS is in no hurry with his tracks: the title track on Deu takes its sweet time emerging from ambient haze into a lazy shuffle, backed with vocals so distant and whispy that this could almost be shoegaze. All of this is definitely a good thing of course: we like a producer whose big on atmosphere. 10” vinyl on Because Music.

Mystery Artist
Side By Side

This 7” has been released under a veil of secrecy: the two artists who share the wax are anonymous! Although, having had a listen, they do arguably bear a passing resemblance to, hmmm, the Melvins and, oooh, let’s say MC5… Side By Side is a strictly limited Record Store Day 2016 release, stocks are now extremely limited, so don’t wait around.
  • Vinyl 7" (0081227947514)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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

Model Village/ The Puncture Repair Kit
Split


  • Genre(s):
  • 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.  
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.  

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.  
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.

Jet Johnson/ Glider
Split


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.

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?

patten
Glaqjo Xaacsso

patten's glitchy electronic work is blunt and forthcoming, melding together the sensibilities of acts on early days Warp and contemporary Anticon with music that is better codified as avant-garde, drawing on musique concrete and dream pop. Glaqjo Xaacsso traverses many different styles to make something of a sonic microcosm.

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

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

Why?
Moh Lhean

Ah some nice news for 2017 we have Why? back. It's been awhile since his last missive the rather underwhelming 'Mumps etc' but opener 'This Ole King' promises a return to the enjoyable twisty pop of 'Elephant Eyelash' etc. Entirely recorded at home for the first time since his very early work the oddly titled 'Moh Lhean' promises a multi-layered, warm and optimistic album. 
  • Genre(s):
  • 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. 
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.

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