Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Allah-Las
Calico Review

Allah-Las dragged themselves off the beaches and palm-tree-lined boulevards of Los Angeles to record this third album of theirs. They did bring that warm, laid-back tone into the studio with them though: Calico Review feels like the kind of summer record you play as the evening starts to settle in. Out on Mexican Summer.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

NAKED
ZONE

The duo NAKED are new and young and vigorous, with a sound that drowns pop songs in wave upon wave of digital distortion and shreds of unidentified sound. They have a healthy disregard for the differences between melodic and noisy material. Debut album ZONE is a fiercely beautiful prospect, dwelling on modern isolation in particular. Out on LuckyMe.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

EZTV
High In Place

EZTV whet our whistles last year with their debut 'Calling Out' which updated the ace power pop of the likes of Shoes and Big Star for a young fresh generation of melody fans. Here, they've bought a new studio invited some friends like Jenny Lewis and Martin Courtney to help out and upped the ante so that we can all enjoy their tuneful aching jangling songs. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Divine Comedy
Foreverland

Foreverland is the first album by The Divine Comedy in six years. Neil Hannon has kept himself busy though: His side project The Duckworth Lewis Method released a second album, He’s composed a choral work which was performed at London’s Royal Festival Hall and even written a musical version of Swallows and Amazons. Foreverland thematically covers a lot of ground from historical figures to the French Foreign Legion and is also historically inaccurate, according to Hannon. However, he also says it’s essentially about life and love.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Venus II
Inside Your Sun

Australia based Jarrad Brown of Eagle & The Worm and Ryan Grieve of Canyons make up Venus II. Pushing their two worlds together the result sounds like a child of madchester and would fit right in popping pills at the Hacienda and doing the bez walk. Trippy, psychedelic, sweaty and fist pumpingly fun.
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Japanese Breakfast
Psychopomp

Dreamy-warm guitar good times with a darker undercurrent from Japanese Breakfast, the solo activity of Michelle Zauner out of Little Big League. Psychopomp came out of a return to her early lo-fi works: by enlisting Ned Eisenberg, Zauner has developed those early sketches into fully-formed shoegaze-tinged indie songs. Make sure you listen to the lyrics. Out on Dead Oceans.

Dennis Callaci
A Bed of Light

Delightful, rough and ready, quirky, lofi indie pop songs that fans of stuff like Smog will absolutely lap up.  Mostly known for his huge amounts of work in the band Refrigerator, and having gone under monikers even his own press mock him for, A Bed of Light is Dennis Callaci’s first actual solo album.
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Neleonard
Las Causas Perdidas

Neleonard release their debut full-length via Elefant Records, who have been supporting them with a series of single releases for a while. Las Causas Perdidas is an instantly affecting body of sweet indie pop, with plenty of melancholy beauty and lyrics sung in Spanish. CD or clear vinyl LP editions on Elefant.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Various
Midnite Spares

Melbourne crate diggers Instant Peterson and Andras Fox compile this cheeky little compilation of the strange and wonderful avantgarde pop underbelly of Australia (and some from further afield) from the 80s and 90s. With Poets of the Machine “playing Arabs in the park” and Mix asking you about your masturbation habits through a near comical disco-synth groove-out, Midnite Spares is definitely a collection of curiosities.

Jamie Isaac
Couch Baby

Understated electronic songcraft from Jamie Isaac here, with contemporary textures building on solid structures (Isaac apparently always grounds his tracks in piano). Both the CD and the vinyl editions of Couch Baby come with a nice little fanzine thrown in, which also contains a download for a mixtape (Loose Grip), which gives a deeper insight into the Isaac vibe.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Beach Baby
No Mind No Money

The kindly named Beach Baby continue to make a watery indie pop as much in reverence to the clean-as-whistle nostalgia vibes of Mac DeMarco and Hospitality as it is to the weird scrambled egg rawk of older lo-fi acts. 'No Mind No Money' is their new record and it's written in tribute to that post-university time where you're just doing a bunch of stuff and hoping something sticks.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Chook Race
Around The House

Young Australians Chook Race will pump you up with their speedy guitar energy whilst simultaneously relaxing you with the comforts of their sound. It's no critique to say that Around The House feels familiar: it has all the trappings of jangly DIY indie pop music á la Flying Nun, and that just feels right. Out on Trouble In Mind.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Invisible
Life's Dancers (Floating Points Remix)

The Invisible’s lauded ‘Patience’ LP now yields a track with the full Floating Points treatment. Sam Shepherd drops the science (and a cello) to rework ‘Life’s Dancers’ into a fine space-funk epic. Plus he produced a new track on the flip. Busy boy. 180g black 12” vinyl in 3mm spined sleeve, on Ninja Tune.

Vince Mole & His Calcium Orchestra
Nothing


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Sleigh Bells
Jessica Rabbit

Sleigh Bells return with their first album in fully 3 years! Jessica Rabbit is just as it should be, with big fat pop song bangers driven by giant beats and pushed through filters of happy noise. The (limited to 1000 copies) LP edition is pressed to blood red splatter vinyl and comes with an exclusive bonus single-sided 7”! On Lucky Number.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Klangstof
Close Eyes To Exit

Klangstof, otherwise known as Norwegian chap Koen van de Wardt reaches dizzy heights of comparison, with Thom Yorke and Sigur Ros being thrown out by listeners. Signed to Mind of a Genius, his first album Close Eyes to Exit is lush, filled with a huge variety of influences from hip hop to elaborate Scanavian dreamscape pop. On CD and vinyl.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

AlunaGeorge
I Remember

AlunaGeorge - that’s... Aluna Francis and, um, George -- return to follow up their corporeal ‘Body Music’, with I Remember. It promises 12 more tracks of pop at the very edge, with a soulful feel; in the way they do so confidently. Plus, the title track was helmed by Flume. So there’s that. And Popcaan. LP and CD on Island.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Ali Muhareb
Walkin’ / Thunder & Lightning

It has been said that Ali Muhareb has a similar twisted, creative brain as the Flaming Lips overlord Wayne Coyne. Muhareb, who hails from Portland, Oregon, makes electronic music and has been touring the world extensively. Walkin’/Thunder & Lightning is his debut release and is available on 7” vinyl.
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Hoops
Hoops EP

This glittery indie pop sounds like it was either recorded or played back underwater. I mean that in the nicest possible way. Sunbeams glistening through and lapping against your feet, blurring the edges, it’s dreamy and quite intoxicating. Hoops soothe away the annoyances of the day, why have you put the heating on and opened the window? Just press play, oh, ahhhhh.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Trentemoller
Redefine

The second single to be released for Trentemøller’s upcoming album Fixion, and is one of the four tracks that will feature long-time collaborator Marie Fisker. Trentemøller is a shapeshifter, moving between groovy, verging on cheeky synth dance tracks and leftfield experimentation, so with wanting to be too cheesy.. Expect the unexpected.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Sin Fang
Spaceland

Sin Fang’s Spaceland is glistening R&B electronic pop with a deep yet ultimately joyously freeing rumination that you can imagine working closely with Jónsi and Alex Somers would bring. On one hand heavy bass and hi-hat bangers, the other delicate and vulnerable. Featuring Jónsi, Sóley, Jófríður Ákadóttir and Farao.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Blood Orange
Freetown Sound

Freetown Sound is the third album by Blood Orange aka Dev Hynes (Lightspeed Champion, Test Icicles). It follows on from 2011’s Costal Grooves and 2013’s critically acclaimed Cupid Deluxe. Hynes took on the Blood Orange moniker after moving to New York in the mid 2000s. He soaked up the city’s musical heritage to create the intense yet delicate funky pop to which he has become accustomed. On Domino.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Depeche Mode
A Broken Frame

The second LP from perennial synth-botherers Depeche Mode gets the reissue treatment. Well, we say second LP, but in a way 1982’s A Broken Frame is the first statement from the Depeche Mode we’re so familiar with now. Following the departure of Vince Clarke - he’d gone off to play with Alison Moyet in Yazoo - this album saw Martin Gore become the band’s principle songwriter, a role he has held to this day. A Broken Frame helped set the tone for the run of darker records that the band would make throughout the ‘80s. Contains ‘Leave In Silence’ and ‘The Meaning Of Love’.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Depeche Mode
Construction Time Again

Look at that man wielding an axe. It kind of works as a perfect image for Depeche Mode's third album. The band had been getting interested in the sounds of industrial rock and so started to incorporate banging, hitting things and other forms of racket into their hitherto shiny synth pop. The result was one of their best early day albums and a single Everything Counts that according to the track list is so good it appears on the album twice.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Ocean Party
Restless

Melbourne-based indie-pop six piece The Ocean Party make the kind of fresh indie music you’d expect from an Aussie band. Similar to recent favourites The Goon Sax and The Phoenix Foundation. You will hear cap-dothing to Gayngs and Destroyer through their use of piano and sax. Restless is a diverse collection of songs - probably resulting from each of the six members contributing songs.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Of Montreal
Innocence Reaches

Kaleidoscopic super-band of Montreal have reached their fourteenth album: with that much of an established career, Kevin Barnes is entirely free to lead his merry players down all sorts of fantastic avenues: lots of synth-pop, exploding vocal harmonies, experimental sound collage, dance beats etc. And typically bold lyrics too. Innocence Reaches is a whole lot of album, and a whole lot of fun. CD, double LP or cassette on Polyvinyl.

Junk Son
Beginning, Ending, Pretending

Junk Son are a Goldsmiths band, though with the pleasing twist that some members of the group studied popular music while others trained in contemporary composition. That uncommon pairing is responsible for the more unusual edges that really make the music stick. Debut album Beginning, Ending, Pretending is released by 37 Adventures.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Arc Iris
Moon Saloon

Follow-up to 2014's eponymous debut, 'Moon Salon' is a heavier and less whimsical offering from Rhode Island-based Arc Iris. The band have built up a worldwide following, not least due to their elaborate live performances and stage shows. Singer Jocie Adams wrote all the songs in a log cabin with no electricity or running water, trivia fans. LP on Bella Union.
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Hannah Peel
Awake But Always Dreaming

Concept album from Irish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hannah Peel, exploring the descent into dementia. Beginning with the hope and exuberance of childhood, and charting love and life before a shift of pace represents the confusion and fuzziness of late-life dementia. Bright and joyful, yet at times dark and percussive. This is Peel's second solo album. Available now on vinyl or CD.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Jamie T
Trick

Popular rap rock dude Jamie T is back after a gap of two years with more massive ear worms that you'll know even if you claim otherwise. Lead single 'Tinfoil Boy' is both emo-tinged and moshpit friendly which bodes well for an album of expansive /punk/reggae/rap/pop that is sure to be one of the years bigger releases. He's one of the ok ones this lad.    
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Slow Club
One Day All Of This Won't Matter Any More

Slow Club doesn’t exactly take it easy. Only a year after I Swam Out to Greet You, the duo, consisting of multi-instrumentalists Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor, is back. Working with American southern-folk producer Mathew E. White, the duo were able to reinvent their catchy slow pop style. Even if nothing really matters, One Day All Of This Won’t Matter Anymore totally does matter.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

J Churcher
Borderland State

J Churcher's debut album hearkens back to the 90s psychedelia of Slowdive and Mazzy Star. Haunting, reverb-drenched vocals sit atop hazy soundscapes and fuzzy guitars, all of it rooted in Churcher's formidable songwriting and compositional flare. With elements of chamber-pop, dream-pop, shoegaze and indie-folk, Borderland State offers much to be explored. Available on Vinyl LP on the 37 Adventures label.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

JOOVE
How To Let Things Go

JOOVE broadcast from Tel Aviv, where Aviad Zinemnas and Yuval Shenhar construct their own personal take on electro-pop songwriting. How To Let Things Go’s 5 tracks have some deep echo, some dramatically wearied vocals, and snatches of folk musics alongside the keyboards and electronics. 12” release on the InchPerSecond label.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Dodgy
What Are We Fighting For

Here come Dodgy in 2016 with a brand new album featuring the original 'classic' line up. The press notes suggest they've been listening to such Norman-friendly bands such as Atlas Sound, White Fence and Can and the band certainly seem to feel that this is their best work. So really who are we to argue?

The Hairs
While I Hated Life, Barbarian

Hair eh? What would we do without it. The Hairs are a freak-pop collective showing influences ranging from comic books to K Records to houseplants to Flying Nun to anxiety to prison stays. Sounds very promising indeed and the sort of crazy unique thing you may have read about in Bananafish circa '92.  
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Legends
It's Love

From Sweden with love, Stockholm band The Legends deliver an album of characteristically smooth songs about love and life. It’s Love is their fourth studio album and the first since Johan Angergard turned forty. Fans of his Labrador label won’t be disappointed with these lush, emotional recordings. Out on vinyl LP from Cascine.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Los Flechazos
Dias Grises - 25th Anniversary Edition

Los Flechazos provide funky British mod-groove garage sounds by way of Spain. They make for a damn fun listen. Dias Grises is their 1996 mini-LP, presented here with its six tracks bolstered by extra singles and B-side tracks. Released by the Elefant label in celebration of their 25th birthday. 1000 white vinyl copies with bundled CD.

Los Flechazos
Alta Fidelidad - 25th Anniversary Edition

A well-deserved reissue of the last album by Los Flechazos, 1995’s Alta Fideliad. Funky British mod-groove garage sounds by way of Spain: lots of fun. Alta Fideliad Includes the band’s covers of songs by The Supremes and The Who. Released by the Elefant label in celebration of their 25th birthday. 1000 purple vinyl copies with bundled CD.

The Monochrome Set
Cosmonaut

Trace back from The Last Shadow Puppets, Franz Ferdinand et al any you’ll find The Monochrome Set. They originally formed in 1978, as part of the first wave of post-punk, and give most contemporaries a run for their money. Grand and smokey dive bar music, that would fit soundtracking a coming of age indie flick.

Various
F*Ckin’ Ziggurat

Fancy zine / book assembled by Emotional Response, featuring deep interviews with lots of cool bands from around the world, including No Monster Club, Primitive Calculators and Quaaludes. And the 70 beautifully-bound pages are accompanied by 17 songs on an accompanying CD, so you can read about and hear the bands at the same time. F*ckin’ Ziggurat!

The Wave Pictures
A Season In Hull

On A Season in Hull, the fourteenth studio album from English rockers The Wave Pictures, the group return to their lo-fi roots. Recorded live with a single microphone, this vinyl LP on Wymeswold Records relies on impeccable songwriting and charming grooves. The immediacy of the recording reminds us just how sharp and witty these guys have always been. Lovely stuff.

Kishi Bashi
Sonderlust

Sonderlust may sound merry and shimmery, but it is a record produced from the depths of a challenging personal struggle: Kishi Bashi’s marriage was on the brink of collapse. The heavy situation inspired a heartfelt record of beautiful electronic / orchestral pop music, with Bashi’s soul bared over shuffling rhythms and booming choruses. Sonderlust is released by Joyful Noise.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

MADEIRA
Bad Humors

Kim Pflaum’s latest incarnation MADEIRA is as sweet and soft as the cake that shares it’s name, though I think that’s as far as the comparison can (and should) go. Lovingly warm synth-pop songs. Lights up, end of night, one last track songs that could soundtrack a group of friends in a taxi home. So, maybe more like the cake than I thought.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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

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

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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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'.  
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Label(s):
  • DFA

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

Sea Pinks
Soft Days

Dream-pop, indie-pop, power-pop… It’s all here on Soft Days, the new record from Sea Pinks, a Northern Irish outfit with members of Girls Names and Cruising. Rather than some of the earlier albums, recorded solo in DIY style by singer Neil Brogan, this record is smoothly and clearly produced. Released by CF Records, as CD or LP.

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.    

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Vinyl LP (FIKA054LP)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • 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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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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

Lawrence Arabia
Absolute Truth

New Zealand’s Lawrence Arabia hopes to make a breakout with Absolute Truth, reaching for a wider international crowd than his current Kiwi / Oz fanbase. There is a rich detail to the sunny pop sound of this album, as though each musical surface was carefully thought about and polished to a sheen. Out on New Zealand’s legendary Flying Nun label.

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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  • Coloured vinyl
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Kaytranada
99.9%

Kaytranada’s has smashed out EPs on Bromance Records, Jakarta, and HW&W Recordings. Now, his muchly anticipated debut album on XL features many guest artists including AlunaGeorge, Craig David, Little Dragon, Vic Mensa, GoldLink and BADBADNOTGOOD. Expect smooth J.Dilla esque beats and MPC grooves galore.

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

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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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  • Last copy
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • 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. 
  • Genre(s):
  • 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". 
  • Genre(s):
  • 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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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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