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Rory Wynne
Why Don't You

Stockport songsmith Rory Wynne will be far too young to remember the recipe swapping television treat from the 1980's but here he's turned off the tv and gone out to do something more interesting instead. He's made two bursts of noisy home made pop that seem to reference the Arctic Monkeys and Jake Bugg but adds some much needed distortion and bite.    
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Boys Forever
Boys Forever

Boys forever is the alias of Glaswegian all-rounder Patrick Doyle. Doyle wrote, sung and played every instrument on this vitriolic pop debut. Recorded in LA, whilst maintaining the misery of the grey London winter in which it was written, 'Boys Forever' is pop music with an evil twist. Available to pre-order on vinyl or cd.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

David West
Peace or Love

Rat Columns guitarist and musical artist David West splits his time between the USA and Australia. Influenced by free-spirited artists throughout history, Peace or Love is an album of softly-strummed indie and unfettered soundscapes that also takes in disco and soul-tinged pop along the way. West's label, Tough Love say that they were set up to put out music just like this, so they're delighted to have found him.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Prince and the Revolution
Parade (Music From The Motion Picture Under The Cherry Moon)

Posthumous re-release of Prince's seminal eighth studio album, and the soundtrack to 1986's 'Under the Cherry Moon'. This contains some proper Prince classics such as 'Kiss' and 'Anotherloverholenyohead'. This album sold two million copies when it was originally released. Pure, classic Prince. Pre-order on vinyl now. 

Crystal Castles
Amnesty (I)

Synthsperts Crystal Castles detail their first record in a hot minute, and their first since Alice Glass departed the band. Their gothic new wave sound gets a lil' bit of a fresh start as they close the chapter on their album trilogy with a new one that, judging by "CHAR", is just as hyperactive, seemingly marrying the coldness of their sound with fluorescent pop ideas.
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The Ting Tings
We Started Nothing

Wow, I see we are getting reissues of The Ting Tings debut album now… Crazy days. So it has been a decade since We Started Nothing first hit our airwaves, with all its murderously catchy singles. Now it's had a celebratory vinyl pressing, complete with multiple cover arts, pictures and lyrics, all on some handsome wax. Via Music On Vinyl.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

David Bowie
Who Can I Be Now? [1974 - 1976]

Who remembers David Bowie? Well in 1974 Bowie went to America and recorded a heap of albums including 'Diamond Dogs', 'Young Americans', 'Station To Station'. Well, they've all been collected here with a separate album full of all the singles and B sides from the era and 'The Gouster', previously unreleased as a concept album.  
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  • RCA

Little Cub
Breathing Space

Debut EP from South London based four-piece Little Cub. Intricate electronica with heartfelt lyrics, this offers three remixes of the tune 'Breathing Space'. The band's first two tracks are available to download free from their website: www.wearelittlecub.com. Here, however, we offer you limited edition vinyl. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Regina Spektor
Remember Us To Life

A pop pianist from back when the genre tag anti-folk was still in rotation, Regina Spektor's been at the songwriting game for a long time, making records with the very same winking, critical poignancy that endeared folks to 500 Days of Summer (a film in which her music starred). Her last record proper was What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, which both looked forward to a smootehr and more lush sound (while looking back with a self-cover of "Don't Leave Me"), and she now follows up with Remember Us to Life, a record apparently brought about by a bout of honest-to-god inspiration.  

Momus
Pubic Intellectual - An Anthology 1986-2016

How to describe Momus to the average human? Kind of bizarre eye patched prolific electronic pop person. Somewhere between Jacques Brel and the Pet Shop Boys if such a thing could be imagined. Anyway this is the first ever career spanning compilation celebrating 30 years of his wild and wonderful career. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

SPC ECO
Anomalies

It’s great when you hear trip-hop done well, filling the gaps left by Massive Attack et al. SPC ECO (Pronounced Space Echo) do it with feverish charm, and don’t miss a beat. Whilst you are tempted to say ”Hello again 1997 era Portishead, always a pleasure.” they do breathe new life into it, and update it for 2016.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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Django Django
Born Under Saturn

Born Under Saturn is the second album (at last!) from Django Django. From the sound of ‘First Light’, the initial single, it seems that Django Django will be targeting summer happiness with these thirteen tracks. A blend of '60s harmonies and more contemporary synth-basslines turns out to be pretty fine combo. Out on Because Music.

Building Instrument
Kem Som Kan A Leve

Building Instrument are a group that are satisfyingly hard to pin down: they throw together combinations of (say) zither, kazoo, percussion and electronics, and it’ll coalesce into some mystical song-atmosphere. Nicely done. Some of material on second album Kem Som Kan A Leve was written with Kurt Schwitters in mind, and was debuted at the opening of an exhibition of his work. Out on Hubro.

Stress
Conspiracy Theory


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Ages and Ages
Something to Ruin

Heart lifting pop that sounds like it was recorded in your front room. It wasn’t. It was captured by Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock’s studio, but the personality of this record is it’s strength. Acoustic indie pop filled with gleeful melodies and laid back choral vocals done by all of the band, it’s a great end of summer trip.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

OVVLS
Winter

A dramatic piece of synth-song from OVVLS. Winter is dominated by potent vocals and very firm drumming: on the second side of the tape is an exclusive spoken-word version. Released as a strictly limited edition of 50 cassettes by OVVLS themselves: each of the tapes has a unique 1/50th of the original Winter artwork design.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Car Seat Headrest
Teens of Denial

Car Seat Headrest is the project of a man (Will Toledo) who is only 23; and yet this is his thirteenth album under the name. With a production ethic like that you know Toledo isn’t messing around, and indeed Teens Of Denial goes straight for the jugular with slacker-punk swagger. And, as the first Car Seat Headrest album to be recorded in proper studio, it sounds great. On Matador.

Various
Continental Drift

This release is totally a team effort, with the Fortuna POP! and Slumberland pairing up to release a four-way split between Mercury Girls, Wildhoney, The Spook School and Tigercats. So that’s four different spins on the lively indie-pop sound, dosed with more or less punk, politics and shoegaze depending on the band. Fun, inexpensive variety on CD or blue / white vinyl!

Paul Haig
Metamorphosis

Paul Haig was of course a member of that sharp-edged indie band Josef K; later on he became a proper pop star. This compilation, aptly titled Metamorphosis, documents the period of change, with singles, EPs, 12”s and live material, as well as collaborative music made under the Rhythm of Life name. Some embryonic pop as well as some odder experiments. Double disc release on Les Disques du Crepuscule.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Nite Jewel
Liquid Cool

Her first album in four years, Liquid Cool brings Nite Jewel back with a danceable slice of indie pop and chilled, synth-ridden instrumentation. The press release says it’s “Janet Jackson produced by Kraftwerk”. I can see where it’s coming from with Nite Jewel’s ethereal vocals drifting above the chomping mechanics of the instrumentation.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

OVVLS
Pain Is Beauty

OVVLS make their debut release, a 7” single they are releasing themselves. Pain Is Beauty was co-produced with Brian Campbell of Clinic, and there is certainly a touch of that band’s creepy psychedelia here. But OVVLS are making their own impact with these 2 compelling songs. 7” pressed to purple and black splatter vinyl.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

HiFi Sean
FT

Once singer in indie also rans the Soup Dragons, Sean Dickson is how a highly respected DJ and by the looks of things has a lot of very good contacts in the 'biz' too. Where else would you see Norman Blake rubbing shoulders with Yoko Ono, Fred Schneider with Bootsy Collins and an appearance from sadly deceased Suicide ranter Alan Vega. It's all here in an album Dickson calls "a unique and personal picture of my life experience.”
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Roisin Murphy
Take Her Up To Monto

She's quirky and she's popular on 6 Music. Roisin Murphy was formerly in trip hop group Moloko but now makes oddball solo albums that have an electronic oddness about them that contrasts with her dramatic, breathy vocal delivery. This is her latest and follows up the very successful and Mercury Prize nominated 'Hairless Toys'.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Cosines
Transitions

The Cosines (Alice Hubley and Simon Nelson) met in 2009 on a London tube train after attending a Stero Totale gig. Hubley asked Nelson to "go round and unblock her drains" and, a shelf, two curtain rails and a blind later they finally got down to the nitty gritty and formed a band.  Drawing comparisons to New Order and Stereolab, with some Kraut Rock seasoning chucked in, Cosines now bring you this lovely 10" vinyl EP, courtesy of Fika records.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Eric Copeland
Black Bubblegum

Black Dice dude Eric Copeland continues to create music that somehow sounds completely messed-up and rather poppy: Black Bubblegum indeed. This new album is particularly dub-focused, skanking up and down and round and round, festooned with all sorts of weird slices of sound. CD or pink-coloured vinyl on DFA.
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  • DFA

Katie Dey
Flood Network

Katie Dey’s music is a busy psychedelic scrawl with bright pop songwriting projected onto it. So many bits and pieces flowing past your ears that you just lie back in the sun and go with it. Flood Network follows on from the acclaimed asdfasdf, and feels like just as much of a winner. A co-release between Joy Void and Run For Cover.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Rooney
Washed Away

R-OO-N-EY! Should he be played up front or at the top of a diamond formation in midfield? He’s certainly made that position his own in recent years and at the end of the day, he’s got to be England’s future. Although this Rooney seem to be an indie-pop band from LA who have teen-friendly pop for you to jump around during a pillow fight to. It’s jangly pop with catchy chorus’ at its finest. The album’s called Washed Away - just what the defence will be like with our Wayne coming at them. Ye.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Hollow Sunshine
Bible Sea

Hollow Sunshine pairs talents from Deafheaven and Other Houses together for the creation of total electronic music. Bible Sea has a hazy, thick texture, with Morgan Enos’ vocals drifting through the mix as if half-buried in old synthesisers. It feels almost narcotic, though the sweet melodies always shine through. Released by the Iron Pier label.

Puro Instinct
Autodrama

Despite that super vintage-looking cover artwork, Puro Instinct are a group that exist in the here and now. They have a totally classic synth-pop sensibility, but every part of their sound is draped with shimmery shoegaze textures. You can also hear that Autodrama was recorded in Los Angeles: this is a hot sunny record for cruising down boulevards to. Out on the Manifesto label.

Motorama
Holy Day / Mirror

Motorama are a Russian band with three albums under their belt. Holy Day/Mirror are their latest efforts and are chilled out, slouching synth pop of the highest order. Inspired by the Manchester indie scene, this 7 inch single has a warm electro feel, like a party winding down in the early hours, when it’s only your true mates left.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Stephen Steinbrink
Anagrams

Now Stephen Steinbrink's previous album 'Arranged Waves' was one of my favourite albums of...um...what year was it again? A truly, undervalued classic. This is his follow up and early indications show the same jangling soft pop at play, perhaps with a few more '70s FM radio influences but that is never a bad thing. Lovely gentle music for fans of Jose Gonzalez, Elliott Smith, Real Estate etc.    

The Sun Days
Album

As band names start to run out we begin to get subtle variations. This is not in fact 90s dreamers the Sundays but instead the Sun Days. see what they did there? Musically it sounds like a rather rambunctious the Sundays with the type of good time indie pop that bands like the Hummingbirds and Catchers used to make. Very 90s. Next week a new album from Cold Play.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Cibo Matto
Stereo Type A

Cibo Matto translates from Italian as Food Madness. Worth knowing. The Japanese hip hop/electro/indie-pop duo of Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda formed in 1994. Stereo Type A was their critically acclaimed second album and was originally released in 1999. Its eclectic mix of sounds have been likened to summer in New York City.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

JONES
New Skin

Debut album from London voice JONES. Having written a set of thoughtful songs (‘melancholic but optimistic’ she says), a killer production team including Lana Del Rey, Savages and Sam Smith associates have provided JONES with the proper-pop landscape she needs to shine brightly. Out on 37 Adventures.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Francesca Lago
Mirrors Against The Sun

Francesca Lago produced new album Mirrors Against The Sun with just 2 close collaborators (apart from Max Lotti’s credit for ‘noise guitar’ on 1 track), who drape her vocal songcraft and guitar lines with synth, cello and drum rhythms. It’s a very full and sweeping alt-pop sound for such a small ensemble: that’s skills that is. On T3 Records.

Palomica
Petito

Quirky bedroom-recorded indie pop from Bristol's Nicol Parkinson, aka Palomica. With influences such as Jad Fair and Tori Kudo’s Maher Shalal Hash Baz clearly audible, 'Petito' takes pretty pop songs with vast lyrical content, then presents them against a backdrop of deliberately careless and brilliantly confusing instrumentation. Available on vinyl with 'pigeon splatter'. Ace.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Metronomy
Summer 08

Summer 08 by Metronomy recalls a time when musical polymath and mop-haired dreamboat Joe Mount was out night after night constantly drinking and playing gigs in dives to promote his forthcoming second album Nights Out. Mount remembers the time as being “Quite Manic”. Rather than move on, after all he has since made two albums of beautiful indie-pop, he has decided to reminisce about that time on record.
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The Posies
Solid States

Solid States is the first record from The Posies since the death of their drummer last year, and as you’d expect, a clear melancholy is audible here. It isn’t a morose record (indeed, it’s a lovely set of pop songs), but there is a depth of emotion even stronger than on their previous seven albums. Released by the Lojinx label.

Gordi
Clever Disguise

Blending warm electronic production and earthly acoustic textures with epic 80s choral-vocal stylings akin to Peter Gabriel (as well as many other links with him) South Australian resident Sophie Payten certainly produces ballads that are wise beyond her 22 years. As brooding as it is delicate, and jeeez... catchy as hell.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Bat For Lashes
The Bride

After time spent dabbling with the Sexwitch side-project, Natasha Khan returns to her original moniker for the first Bats For Lashes album in 4 years. At the core of the record is the dark tale of The Bride, a figure whose husband-to-be is killed in a car crash: a suitable narrative for Khan’s darkly ornate, shiny-black production style. On Parlophone.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

White Lies
Friends

Friends is the fourth album by synth-rockers White Lies. The album is centred around the theme of changing relationships. With their three previous albums breaking the top 5 and the fact that they’ve re-signed with music industry behemoths BMG, big things are expected from the Ealing three-piece’s new long-player.
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  • BMG
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Spring King
The Summer

Spring King have been working hard the old fashioned way by doing actual gigs supporting the likes of everyone before recording their debut album. Therefore they will have garnered a fanbase slavering in anticipation.  This their new single sits somewhere in between Interpol and the England football team circa the '82 world cup. A weird dark rock singalong. C'mon everybody sing with me...'the summer....' etc.  
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Metronomy
Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe)

The great thing about Metronomy is that their career is a journey....you don't quite get the same thing each time round. This, their remarkably titled debut, shows a sound miles away from the pleasant pop of 'Love Letters'. It's wild electronica with fuzzy guitar riffs and nary a vocal in sight. First time on vinyl from this previously much sought after artefact.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Gary Cook
The Fabulous World Of Gary Cook

Very little is known to have come out of Barrow-in-Furness - the Cumbrian town at the tip of the Furness peninsular. Lots of ships and submarines were built there, Liverpool and England captain Emlyn Hughes was born there and its bus depot was referenced in a 1980s Chewits commercial. There was also its thriving but largely self-contained music scene. Gary Cook was a central figure in this scene, as a member of several bands and as a solo performer, until he died in 2006 at the age of 41. He was loved and respected by those that knew him. The Fabulous World of Gary Cook is a compilation of his lo-fi guitar and analogue electronic indie-goth-pop. Lyrically he is confessional, honest and at times funny and camp. The music, a collection spanning 30 years, is compiled from cassettes he left behind. Limited edition of 300 red vinyl with black and white splatter, hand numbered, never to be repressed.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Papa Topo
Opalo Negro

Papa Topo have been busily active for 3 years, and are at last ready to release their debut full-length recorded statement (following a 10” and some 7”s). Opalo Negro is, at its heart, a disco-pop record (although it also has some indie-punkishness to it) brimming with bright melody and happy rhythm. Now we’ve waited, the party can start. Edition of 500 vinyl LPs on Elefant.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Frank & Walters
Songs For The Walking Wounded

Unbelievably the Frank and Walters are still going. They had some success in the '90s but a presumably just a cult concern these days.  This is their first record since 2012 and has a guest appearance from Cillian Murphy the actor bloke. They still play your standard driving dark indie type thing. Go and see them play down 'the Good Mixer'. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

JC Flowers
Driving Excitement and The Pleasure

New on ATP Recordings is the debut full-length of JC Flowers. Driving Excitement and The Pleasure is a collection of super-tuneful indie-pop, dripping with lavish production techniques seemingly cribbed from vintage French rock-chanteuserie. All rounded out with a cover version of the David Bowie and Iggy Pop tune ‘China Girl’.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

J Churcher
Borderline State

J Churcher has worked on his debut album for the past 2 years, and you can hear the work: these productions are full of floaty organs and big guitars, all coated with a warm curtain of shoegaze-aesthetics. Borderline State, which also features the vocals of Anna B Savage, is a strong suite of classic widescreen indie rock. Out on 37 Adventures.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

10,000 Maniacs
In My Tribe

In My Tribe is an excellent example of early 10,000 Maniacs, being initially released in 1987. The songs are beautiful pieces of folkish alt-pop, although the lyrical themes get pretty heavy if you listen: child abuse, illiteracy, war… A set of politically conscious 80’s alternative classics, now reissued on vinyl by the Rhino label.

Prince and the Revolution
Around The World In A Day

Prince’s post-Purple Rain album found the sex-funk overlord’s run of mastery continuing. He wound back from the commercial hit-making slightly in favour of some wild psychedelia, but 1985’s Around The World In A Day still contains ‘Raspberry Beret’ and sold in the millions. It’s peak-period Prince for god’s sake: it can’t be beat! Timely vinyl reissue on Warner Bros.

Archive
The False Foundation

Archive are evidently in it for the long haul: The False Foundation is their tenth album! Ten is also the number of members involved in the group, meaning no shortage of ideas buzzing around in the studio. What has come out is a prog / post rock record of sorts, but with more electronics than guitars. Sniff around the album and I think you might find some political standpoints too. Released by Dangervisit.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Let's Eat Grandma
I, Gemini

Norwich duo Let’s Eat Grandma have their debut album to show to you. I, Gemini is a release with a love of texture at its heart: a very wide variety of instrumentation (mandolin, synths, harmonica) has been used here to keep these poppy tracks highly interesting. Some new sound seems to be hiding behind every corner! Released by Transgressive.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Soren Juul
This Moment

Danish singer songwriter guy Soren Juul is now recording under his own name after a tumultuous three year period where he was presumably stung by our Brian's 4/10 review of his last album under the Indians moniker. He need not worry. 4AD are still on his side and Brian is long gone so we can instead enjoy the glacial soft pop that sometimes sounds like Mew gone all normal and ballady.  
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  • 4AD
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Various
Speedy Wunderground - Year 2

Speedy Wunderground is a label set up by South London producer Dan Carey. The idea is to produce 7” as quickly as possible. Year 2 is a compilation of the singles released in the label’s sophomore year. Includes now established acts such as Teleman and Kate Tempest alongside cutting edge newbies FEWS.

Björk
Vulnicura Live

Live recording of Icelandic songstress Bjork's grammy nominated album 'Vulnicura', which also saw her win best international female at The Brit Awards. Recorded on her 2015 tour, the album includes all the material from the original album, plus a few chosen from her previous work. Nicely packaged in a wound die-cut sleeve. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Prince
Art Official Age

This is Prince's thirty-third record, if you can believe it: it's bound to be good, since thirty-three is eleven times a magic number. Art Official Age is only one of his recent slew of releases but offers up a few pop outbursts that have been excitedly waiting in the wings, including the seemingly endless sensual jam "Breakfast Can Wait". 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Stanley Brinks & The Wave Pictures
My Ass

Stanley Brinks (who you might know best as the guy for Herman Dune) has built up a good working rapport with The Wave Pictures, and My Ass finds their collaboration in as fine a condition as ever. Several tracks have the names of cities, and wittily document experiences there. A jaunty collection released on CD and ‘camel coloured vinyl’ by Fika.
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Palace
So Long Forever

Really they shouldn't be allowed to be called Palace  - it's too confusing for long term Will Oldham fans. Anyway this is their debut album after a smattering of EPs and they are certainly giving it a nice long run up (just look a that release date). They play atmospheric gently lilting music with strained vocals that seems to sit in an awkward place betweens Foals, Richard Hawley and early the Smiths ballads. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Boxed In (featuring Formation)
Running Out

New release on producer Dan Carey (Franz Ferdinand, Django Django)'s new label Speedy Wunderground. Boxed In (otherwise known as Speedy collaborator Oli Bayston) do electro rock indie which is sort of in the Keane vein. This was apparently written and recorded in under three hours, for that 'spontaneous' feel. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Oslo House
Plateau / Kamo River

Oslo House is a solo project of Phil Serfarty, previously known for spitting fire as part of Omi Palone before that band crumbled into non-existence. Plateau / Kamo River is a good start as a solo artist, changing tack with something a lot calmer and more overtly melodic. This 7” single is housed in a screen-printed sleeve, printed in 1 of 4 randomly-allocated colours. On Trendy Feelings.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Globelamp
The Orange Glow

Globelamp is the solo project of Elizabet Le Fey, formerly of Foxygen but now boldly doing her own thing. The Orange Glow is a strong statement, with Le Fey’s songs swaggering and swooning around like the sun-and-angst tinged music of 70’s California: the album was produced in Los Angeles. Out on Wichita.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Anohni
Hopelessness

Anohni of Antony And The Johnsons presents her solo project. Production assistance from big-guns Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never make this a kaleidoscopic electronic experience, her ever-soaring vocals above a busy dance-swirl. Ecstatic and experimental. Hopelessness is released by Rough Trade.

Wesley Fuller
Melvista

He’s got the hair, he's got the attitude, he’s got youth on his side and he’s got the tunes! Wesley Fuller is an Australian native, who has surrounded himself with some of Melbourne’s brightest young talent. His new single Melvista is a bubblegum delight! Purple vinyl 12” on 1965 Records.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Samaris
Black Lights

Icelandic trio Samaris overcame great European distance to make their third album Black Lights, with the members split between The Hague, Berlin and assorted other locations. Hasn’t hindered them though: as well as bringing a touch of Berlin techno underpinning into the mix, they’ve also clarified their electronic pop ideas into something strong and catchy. On One Little Indian.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Liberation
Liberation

San Francisco based David West has many faces, from his work as guitarist and vocalist for Rank / Xerox and Rat Columns as well as another electronic project Lace Curtain. Liberation is his latest, somewhat theatrical synth pop, and wouldn’t sound amiss with scandinavians such as Det är Jag som är Döden.

Weird Dreams
Luxury Alone

Weird Dreams is the solo work of Doran Edwards. This album is particularly solo, as no other hands touched it until after it was mixed. That means we can guarantee that Luxury Alone sounds exactly as it was meant to. The making of the album spanned some tough times for Edwards, and there is an emotional catharsis in Luxury Alone’s synth-based songcraft. On Tough Love.

Evans The Death
Vanilla

Evans The Death have always been an intense blast of a listen, but their previous albums have tended to be grounded in pop songs. Not so on Vanilla, which is dark, jagged, and more than a little sonically weird. Needless to say, this is a positive development, setting Evans The Death apart from the pack. On the Fortuna POP! label.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Samuel
Luv Cry

Apparently no relation to the Four Tet shuffle-anthem, Samuel’s Luv Cry is a 4 track set of futuristic R&B. Samuel’s vocals are full of feels, and they are supported by shiny and lively production from Kwes (plus a bit of work from Lockah and Ozkharp). 10” on Ninja Tune affiliate Big Dada.

Quasi
R&B Transmogrification

Very welcome re-press of Quasi’s 1997 debut studio album. Quasi’s approach to indie rock always sounded interesting, with rockin’ tunes jammed out on fuzzy guitars and fuzzy harpsichords and low-key vocals. Only the 2 of them, but they knew each other’s musical personalities inside out. R&B Transmogrification is reissued by Domino.

The Associates
Sulk

Sulk was The Associates crowning glory. Originally released in 1982 it mixed David Bowie and Scott Walker influences with the New Romantic pop of the day. It was widely critically acclaimed and was named Melody Maker’s album of the year for 1982. It was the last album to include the founding members Billy McKenzie and Alan Rankine. Contains the instantly recognisable hit Party Fears Two.
  • Label(s):
  • BMG
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Alex Cameron
Jumping The Shark

Whenever he's not the frontman for Australian electronic outfit Seekae, Alex Cameron is busy walking around looking like an old horse-race gambling addict. But even if his looks were a gimmick, he's definitely not Jumping the Shark with his polished, well-considered and melancholic retro pop songs.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Brilliant Corners
Heart On Your Sleeve - A Decade In Pop: 1983-1993

Indie-poppers The Brilliant Corners had a mean way with a single during their time. This compilation gathers up all 10 of them, along with their B-sides and a bunch of previously unreleased demos and live versions. Heart On Your Sleeve - A Decade In Pop: 1983-1993 is a double-disc collection on Cherry Red.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Radio Dept
Clinging To A Scheme

Clinging To A Scheme was The Radio Dept.’s 2010 return, after several years away, to reclaim their position at the top of the Swedish indie-pop pile. This third album often settles into an intoxicating dreamy haze of vocals, soft guitars and organ, but also grabs influence from P-funk: real beats! Reissue from Labrador.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Spring King
Who Are You?

Spring King are a band who cite a wide variety of influences, but the ones that they show in their music seem to be Arcade Fire, Ty Segall and Black Lips making a more polished garage sound. Who Are You is their new single which was produced and mixed by their very own singing drummer, Tarek Musa. This 7” features an exclusive b-side, Lanterns.

Peter, Bjorn and John
Breakin' Point

Swedish trio Peter, Bjorn and John were going to call their 7th album Thriller 2, which would have been nice. In the end they plumped for Breaking Point. In contrast to the power pop sound on their previous album Gimme Some they’ve gone for big pop songs here, influenced by the ease with which fellow Swedes Abba made it all look so easy.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Air
Twentyears

It’s time to retrospectively enjoy Air, and enjoy them we will. The French electronic duo have been making music for 20 years now, so they’ve called this ‘best of’ compilation Twentyears. The album features their career’s greatest hits such as Sexy Boy and Kelly Watch The Stars along with 14 rare and live tracks.
  • Artist(s):
  • Air
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Ford And Lopatin
Emergency Room


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

Beverly
The Blue Swell

Beverly return with a new line-up, refreshed energy and a second album. Joined by members of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Crystal Stilts, the band are more shoegaze-pop than ever, with Drew Citron’s vocals sitting at just the right place in the shimmery mix. The Blue Swell is released by Kanine.

Nico Yaryan
What A Tease

Nico Yaryan was, until recently, pursuing a musical career as the drummer in Hanni el Khatib. But there is more to his skills than drums, as this brand new solo material demonstrates: Yaryan sings and songwrites here, producing some smooth, laid-back indieish numbers. His debut solo LP What A Tease is out on Partisan records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Super Furry Animals
Mwng

It’s reissue time for the alt kings of Wales. The fourth album by Super Furry Animals is a lo-fi effort that’s packed with pop sensibilities. Notably their first release with lyrics entirely sung in Welsh, Mwng was described by Rhys as their ‘pop strike’ after failing to make chart headway in English. An essential document in the evolution of musical heavyweights and it's catchy as hell. Out on CD, deluxe 2CD, vinyl LP and LTD deluxe 3LP from Domino.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Amber Arcades
Fading Lines

Heavenly records release Fading Lines, the dreamy debut from Amber Arcades. Beach House’s slow melancholy is an obvious reference for the group, but they add enough unique instrumental touches and electronic textures to stand out. This inventive indie-pop is perfect to drift asleep too. Available on CD and vinyl LP.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Fear of Men
Fall Forever

Fear Of Men present their second full-length record, Fall Forever. The sleeve are offers a guide to their sound: sensual, intimate and close, yet also abstracted, made strange by unusual textures. That darkness is very welcome, as it casts an interesting light on the group’s highly capable modern pop. Out on Kanine.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Darren Hayman
Thankful Villages Vol. 1

Darren Hayman (formerly of Hefner), themed this release (the first in a series of 3, we are told) around visits to English villages: specifically, the ones who lost no soldiers during World War 1. This heavy subject matter leads to intimate music, with each song of Thankful Villages Vol. 1 exploring the space and feel of an individual village. CD / LP release on Rivertones.

Kib Elektra
Blemishes EP

You might have heard or seen Abi Bailey’s many instrumental performances alongside artists like M.I.A. and Brian Eno, but you probably haven’t heard her as a solo artist. As Kib Elektra, she sings delicate songs over a backdrop of synth, guitar and international field recordings: The Blemishes EP is her debut under this alias. Tape release on Bezirk.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Cat's Eyes
Treasure House

Cat’s Eyes has turned out to be a remarkably durable collaboration: Rachel Zeffira and Faris Badwan (him from The Horrors) recently soundtracked Peter Strickland’s film The Duke Of Burgundy. New album Treasure House is a lush and dramatic piece of audio cinema: all rather enveloping. Released by RAF.
  • Label(s):
  • RAF
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Holy Fuck
Congrats

The first new music from Holy Fuck we’ve heard in quite a while! Happily, they’ve slotted right back into the kind of weirdo grooves we remember them being in, although the band reckon that Congrats is a more condensed form of their sound. Either way, it stomps and flares and sizzles and slaps, and is lots of fun. On Innovative Leisure.

Ben Watt
Fever Dream

Ben Watt, best known as one half of Everything But The Girl (with Tracey Thorn), returns to his initial starting point as a solo singer-songwriter. Fever Dream is an intimate set of traditional songcraft, recorded with help from musicians including M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger. Released on Watt’s own Unmade Road label.

The Big Eyes Family Players
'Oh!'

Following a series of albums veering from instrumental soundtrack work to folk songs in collaboration with the likes of James Yorkston and Adrian Crowley, the Big Eyes Family players are set to release their first album of new material in over six years. 'Oh!' is a lush and melancholic take on the type of space age batchelor pad pop previously peddled by the likes of Broadcast and United States of America. They don't veer too far from their folky roots though with a lilting cover of Lal Waterson's 'Song For Thirza an album highlight. Sharron Kraus and Aby Vulliamy (Trembling Bells/Aidan Moffat) guest.   
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Explorers Club
Together

It's safe to say that the Explorers Club are influenced by the Beach Boys. Just look at that album title and sleeve.... then look at this one. They painstakingly try to re-create the post Pet Sounds era of America's finest vocal group adding in a certain amount of '70s schmaltz to the equation. This, their third album nods at the soft rock of the Carpenters and Captain and Tennille which lends parts of the album the feel of late '70s Beach Boys efforts such as 'MIU' and 'Keeping the Summer Alive'.    
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Magic Potion
Pink Gum

Debut full-length LP from tuneful Scandinavian indie-pop outfit Magic Potion, who play with a nonchalant charm. Pink Gum was recorded onto reel-to-reel and produced by the band themselves, lending things an intimate lo-fi feel. A cosy happy listen. The vinyl edition of Pink Gum is released by PNK SLM.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Various
A Tribute To Pet Sounds

Can’t go wrong with The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds now can you? This is one of those timeless classics deep enough to withstand endless interpretations, and so the organisers of the Levitation festival have invited a star-studded, psych-streaked cast to cover the whole record. The Shivas, Cosmonauts and The UFO Club are among the many providing their own superb spin. From Reverberation Appreciation Society.

Malcolm Middleton
Summer of '13

The ex-Arab Strap songwriter Malcolm Middleton returns with his first solo album in seven years. Summer of ‘13 sees his dark and witty lyrics set to synths and strings as Middleton pays homage to Glasgow’s underground dance culture. This is a collection of bold, romantic and utterly unique songs from a low-key icon.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Flume
Skin

Another set of main-stage big tunes from Australian producer Flume. Skin is an example of the consummate modern electronic pop album, pulling in bits and pieces of different dance musics to make a banging whole. The range of vocal guests is very impressive, including Little Dragon, Little Dragon, Tove Lo and even Beck. CD / double LP on Transgressive.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Catfish and The Bottlemen
The Ride

The second record from unfathomably popular indie rock group who have proved that having the worst name in the history of pop music and producing music that is by numbers at best is absolutely no hindrance to world domination. Kind of like a Manic Street Preachers without the politics which despite my personal despair leads to a situation a lot of people are very happy with...particularly those at Island records (home to Nick Drake etc).  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Bright Light Bright Light
Choreography

Coming up with other pioneers of the repeato-bandname genre such as Everything Everything, Cheeky Cheeky, Now Now, and bunch of other ones I might have made up, Bright Light Bright Light certainly feel like a blast from the past: it's been three years since they released 'Life Is Easy' but their indie rock indie rock now melts into something more summer-appropriate. Synths and saxophones appear and apparently a shit-tone of Scissor Sisters are on the record too. That's cool.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds

Recorded music doesn’t get more iconic than this. Influential as it is, there’s nothing quite like Brian Wilson’s masterpiece, with its magical harmonies and arrangements. It’s hard to get jaded about or tired of. If you’ve somehow managed to avoid this album, no matter what you’re into, you owe it to yourself to dive in. You have the choice of remastered stereo or mono versions on vinyl (if in doubt, mono is the one to go for), or a double CD edition which features both mixes, plus instrumentals and live tracks.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Paul Draper
EP ONE

EP One is the solo debut release of former Mansun frontman Paul Draper. Over the three tracks Draper gives us a revenge-themed rock ‘n’ roll blunderbuss, a 6-minute epic that could soundtrack a spy movie and a shimmering pop song. Mansun fans will be clammering to get their mitts on this.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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