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United Sounds of Joy
United Sounds of Joy

A stunning self-titled debut from United Sounds of Joy. Both artists originally worked together in Dream City Film Club, but as a duo make a downbeat dream-pop with experimental tendencies hidden in catchy hooks.  A really lovely slice of psychedelic noir powered by sultry vocals and elegant arrangements.
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Solar Bears
Advancement

Irish electronic Duo Solar Bears have signed to Sunday Best for their new album Advancement. Their previous two releases, including the critically acclaimed Supermigration, were on Planet Mu. The pull of their new home was made all the more magnetic due to the fact that avant-garde film director David Lynch is also signed to the label. Advancement is a grand affirmation that builds on their previous genre-straddling releases that took in everything from Krautrock to library music to psychedelic electronica.

Liima
ii

Those Efterklang guys are busy people eh? Here they spin-off once more, to help Tatu Rönkkö with his Liima project. ii is their debut album, and is a heavily textured trip, each track bristling with detail. All developed on the fly in a series of week-long residencies. CD or neon-green coloured vinyl LP, out on 4AD.
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  • 4AD
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Death And Vanilla
To Where the Wild Things Are

Recorded using a ten pound microphone they found at a flea market, Death and Vanilla have, on this their third album, really captured the sights, the sounds, the smells of all the best bits of late '60s/early '70s dreamy pop. Their sound is woozy, evocative and blatantly in thrall to the kaleidoscopic sounds of Broadcast, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Mazzy Star and 60's sci-fi soundtracks. It's beautifully listenable; a veritable tapestry of warm sounds to soothe and refresh. Their previous records have been popular but this could send them into the stratosphere. We'll have the indies-only orange vinyl version ahead of official release so get to the front of the queue.   
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Tancred
Out Of The Garden

The garden in the title of Tancred’s new album Out Of The Garden must surely be the Garden of Eden: these songs are lyrically centred around the transgression of Judeo-Christian norms, with an emphasis on "feminine expectations". The group’s pop-punk power is as strong as ever, driving the message squarely home. On Polyvinyl.

Erasure
Wild!

This was Erasure’s fourth record, a super-hit when it was released in 1989. With all 4 singles selling very well, it’s fair to say that the bold and bright synth-pop of Wild! played a serious part in defining the sound of that year. And yet, the vinyl edition has been long out-of-print! No longer, as Mute have pressed up a new brace of 180g vinyl copies, presented with the original artwork and packaging.
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Masha Qrella
Keys

Masha Qrella’s new record vanquishes the shyness that has played a part in some of her earlier music, replacing it with an emotional forthrightness that bewitches. Keys sings, in detail, about Qrella’s inner life, over subtle electronically-tinged pop songs. Cool, noirish stuff. Out on Morr Music.
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Modular
Fuga Al Paraiso

The new album by Modular sounds like it could easily be from an old library-music or TV-soundtrack oddity, or maybe a mid-period Stereolab album. Don’t take that as a criticism: not only are the songs of Fuga Al Paraiso executed perfectly in terms of their lounge-kraut-pop style, but the songwriting is also great. What a lovely record! Out on Elefant, with the vinyl edition limited to 500 copies.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Erasure
Chorus

This is Erasure’s fifth record, a platinum synth-pop super-hit upon release in 1991. But the vinyl edition of Chorus has been out-of-print for most of the intervening years, having never been reissued… Until now! Mute have pressed up a new brace of 180g vinyl copies, presented with the original artwork and packaging.
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Erasure
I Say I Say I Say

This was Erasure’s sixth record, and jumped straight to number 1 upon release in 1994. And yet, the vinyl edition has been long out-of-print! No longer, as Mute have pressed up a new brace of 180g copies of I Say I Say I Say’s majestic synth-pop, presented with the original artwork and packaging.
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Matthew E White & Natalie Prass
Cool Out

He sings really quietly does Matthew E White. His voice is so soft and gentle, yet also soulful. Here he collabs with pal Natalie Prass who also sings in soft tones. With Stones Throw artist at the controls it all adds up to a classic duet in the style of a heavily stoned 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart'. 
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Tangible Excitement! / Ginnels
Split

Here’s a split between Irish group Ginnels and excellently-named new band Tangible Excitement! (the exclamation mark is part of the name). Fizzy, energised indie-pop from both sets of players: Ginnels just about have the edge on jangle though. Pressed to various different colours of vinyl: which one you get will be a surprise… On Emotional Response.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Thomas Cohen
Bloom Forever (single)

Bloom Forever is the first single to be taken from Thomas Cohen’s debut album of the same name. The former S.C.U.M. frontman returns with a refined sound that relies on his diverse folk and pop songwriting skills and soft vocals. This vinyl 12” is released by Stolen records and is the perfect introduction to his rich and ever so slightly psychedelic sound.
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Girls Names
Zero Triptych

Girls Names return here with an 11-minute opus on a 12” for Tough Love. Yes - that is the sound of envelopes being pushed by the Irish troupe, whose surfy beginnings seem eons away, here. Their attempt at the Triptych structure establishes some abstract soundscapes before embarking upon a post-punk/new wave tip, with lashings of psych guitar and synthy stylings. Limited to 350 copies.
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Coves
Peel

Coves are an English duo whose music seems like a constant struggle between psychedelic garage and luscious, minimal pop music. Peel, from 1965 Records, does a good job of capturing this dynamic; the glowing production is much more polished, but they’re still committed to lo-fi instrumentation.
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bis / Big Zero
Boredom Could Be Good For You / Tear It Up and Start Again

One for all you fans of day-glo buzz pop. Scottish indie veterans Bis play a brand new song that apparently has gone down a storm at their recent live shows. Overleaf young Reading upstarts Big Zero make synth driven pop fun that sounds like Devo hanging out with Weezer. Just 500 of these little blighters.   

The Honeymoon Killers
Les Tueurs de la Lune de Miel

The Honeymoon Killers were a Belgian band fronted by Yvon Vromman. They formed in 1974 but it wasn’t until the early ‘80s and the release of Les Tueurs de la Lune de Meil in 1982 that they started to tour the rest of Europe. The British music press and French TV loved ‘em and Les Tueurs… became a much sought after piece of vinyl. Their music was a mix of indie, jazz and African rhythms.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Coral
Distance Inbetween

Distance Inbetween marks the return of psychedelic indie-rock band The Coral. Six years have passed since 2010’s Butterfly house, which was the first album without guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones. The band are still helmed by James Skelly but now welcome ex-Zutons guitarist Paul Malloy, who also played with drummer Ian Skelly in Serpent Power, into the fold. The album was influenced by the books of Richard Yates, the graphic novels of Alan Moore, classic toys from the 1980s, Krautrock and Muddy Waters.

Flowers
Everybody’s Dying To Meet You

Flowers follow up their Bernard Butler produced debut with Dying to Meet You, on vinyl LP and CD. Their dreamy shoegaze-inspired sound reminds us of the golden-age of 4AD records, when guitars were chilled and vocals hushed. The fuzzy, slightly melancholy sound of this three-piece strike a perfect balance of punk and pop.

Birdy
Beautiful Lies

The third album from singer-songwriter Birdy sees her connecting her powerful voice with dream-pop structures, diverse instrumentation and unforgettable choruses. Beautiful Lies, on vinyl LP, CD and deluxe CD from Atlantic, is phenomenally confident and fully-formed, easily moving between genre and style.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Oscar
Sometimes / Breaking My Phone

Sometimes/Breaking My Phone is the newest vinyl 7” from Oscar. The two tunes, taken from Oscar’s imminent album, capture his infectious mixture of Brit-pop songwriting and noisy US indie elements. The witty lyrics and deadpan delivery make it sound like a glorious offcut from The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
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Day Wave
Headcase / Hard To Read

This vinyl LP and CD from Fat Possum records combines Day Wave's new EP, Hard to Read, with last years Headcase EP as well. Both releases are intimate and lo-fi synth pop experiments, that borrow equally from confident west coast music and introspective bedroom rock. Warm synths and chiming guitars are used to create something both upbeat and sad at the same time.
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Låpsley
Long Way Home

Lapsley is the solo project of one Holly Fletcher, a highly-capable singer and producer of mournful neo-synth-soul. Long Way Home documents some of the wild changes that have resulted from the success of previous albums. This personal touch carries through every aspect of Long Way Home, as Lapsley largely self-produces. On XL Recordings.

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
A Man Alive

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down are a San Francisco-based indie band led by Thao Nguyen. A Man Alive is the band’s fourth album and follow-up to 2013’s We Common, which featured a duet with Joanna Newsom. On A Man Alive Nguyen wanted to bring bass and beats to the fore rather than guitars, building on the hip-hop influences of it’s predecessor. Available on marbled vinyl, exclusive to independent retailers, standard vinyl and CD.
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Linton and Stewart / The Aislers Set
Split

A V Linton is a legend of underground indie pop.  The Aislers Set were a much loved band as we all know but even further back there was amazing work in the 90’s with Henry’s Dress, but the last release from The Aislers Set was in 2003, making this an exciting return. On the A-side, Linton is helped out by Stewart (of Boyracer), which means two tracks of melodic underground fun! 500 coloured vinyl copies on Emotional Response.

Lontalius
I'll Forget 17

It isn’t too easy getting attention in the music business when you are 18 years old and living in New Zealand, but Eddie Johnston aka Lontalius seems to have managed it, with attention paid by Ryan Hemsworth, Lorde and the Red Bull Music Academy. I’ll Forget 17 is a melancholic set of songs with lashings of electronics. On Partisan Records.

Quilt
Plaza

Quilt craft a careful, sensitive set of tracks here on Plaza, working in the mould of luscious, string-section-augmented, folk-pop-rock. It sounds like the output of some relaxed 1970’s Californians, in the best way possible. The band’s third album, Plaza is released by Mexican Summer, with an indie-store-exclusive option of clear vinyl.

Sweet Baboo
Dennis

As Sweet Baboo Stephen Black makes a charming pop-rock that sounds like the sweetest Super Furry Animals releases, and we’re not just saying that because they’re both Welsh. Dennis is a mini-album that combines a Christmas song, two songs from his most recent album and three covers. The harmonies are perfect, the instruments varied and the arrangements dense and grand.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lily & Madeleine
Keep It Together

Sisters Lily & Madeleine make a laid-back folk with jazzy edges and on Keep it Together have drawn together all the elements of their past releases. Their songwriting is strong and their dual vocals are charming. The pair have released on Sufjan Stevens label and his sound a good reference point too. This album is released by New West.

The Frozen Autumn
Time Is Just A Memory

The Frozen Autumn is an Italian band from Turin. They’ve released three albums since forming in 1993 and Time is Just a Memory is a six-track collection and a general overview of those three albums. The songs are dark, clinical synth tracks in the vein of Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins and Oppenheimer Analysis. Six remastered tracks. Includes an 11x11 insert with lyrics and notes.     

Steve Mason
Meet The Humans

Steve Mason of the Beta Band recorded this album with Craig Potter, best known as the producer and chap on the keyboards for Elbow. The follow up to Mason's ‘double political concept album’ ‘Monkey Minds In The Devil’s Time’ this is a more straightforward and accessible undertaking. Taking in influences from the re-invigorated deep house scene, pop, dub as well as folk it's central themes are optimism, joy and hope. Released on 180g Vinyl or digipak CD versions.

Seth Bogart
Seth Bogart

Seth Bogart (of noisy electro-punks Gravy Train and Hunx and his Punx) releases his first solo album, with the help of Bikini Kill icon Kathleen Hanna and fashion guru Tavi Gevinson. Cut loose from a band environment Bogart cranks up the cheap keyboards and snotty lyrics for a surreal electroclash-inspired journey. This vinyl LP and CD from Burger Records comes with ace artwork from Bogart himself.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Pizza Time
Todo

Burger Records bring us the debut of Spanish garage punks Pizza Time and their reassuringly crude and energetic stoner rock. They make a rough-edged Dinosaur Jr. style racket, but never forget to include great hooks. After a handful of killer cassettes and singles you can finally get Todo on vinyl LP, with download code too.

Aurora
All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend

Decca release the debut of singer songwriter Aurora. On All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend, her ambitious and dark songs are grounded in big, complex arrangements of horns, synths and plenty of other diverse instruments. She also sang the intimate Oasis cover from the 2015 John Lewis Christmas ad.

Scanner & Anni Hogan
Scanni

Scanni is a collaboration between long-serving experimentalists Scanner and Anni Hogan, best known, respectively, for adventurous electronics and arrangements for the likes of Marc Almond. Also appearing on the record are guests that range from Swans’ Jarboe to Kraftwerk’s Wolfgang Flür! On SFE.
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Santigold
99 Cents

99c is the third album by American singer and producer Santigold. Santigold announced herself in 2008 with the critically and commercially successful self-titled debut which included Collaborations with Pharrell Williams and Julian Casablancas of The Strokes. Its follow-up 2012’s Master Of Make Believe was also well received containing hits such as Disparate Youth. 99c continues in a similar vein and features the singles Can’t Get Enough Of Myself, Who Be Lovin' Me and Chasing Shadows.
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Jenny Hval
Apocalypse, Girl

Since the release of her debut album in 2006, Jenny Hval has evolved an intimate sound that it uniquely hers. Her latest release ‘Apocalypse, Girl’ is a dreamy concoction of personal soundscapes, unspoken desires and memories inspired by classic science fiction films in which the world is run by auto-erotic choir girls who happen to be punks told through the medium of unimaginable pop.
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New Order
Singularity

Electronic art-rockers New Order with the third single from their acclaimed Music Complete album. Bernard Summer’s vocals are as melancholy and bittersweet as ever and the rapid-fire synths and heavy, twisting basline from Peter Hook make Singularity an album highlight. The selection of remixers is impeccable too; Erol Alkan, Mark Reeder, JS Zeiter and Liars.
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Essaie Pas
Demain est une autre nuit

Essaie Pas are an electro-disco-pop duo hailing from Montreal. Debut full-length Demain est une autre nuit is laden with atmosphere whilst also carrying great momentum: enough, in fact, that they supported Factory Floor on a US tour. French-language vocals keep their distance, while the rhythmic pulse keeps you warm.
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  • DFA

Parlour Tricks
Broken Hearts/Bones

Broken Hearts/Bones is the third album from Parlour Tricks and sees them continuing to blend indie rock and big-hearted pop. Their elaborate three-part harmonies and downbeat instrumentation are a distinctive blend and chilled-out playing and songwriting are top-notch. On CD and vinyl LP from Bar-None.

Pete Astor
Spilt Milk

You’ll know Pete Astor from his work with The Weather Prophets and The Loft. Here on Spilt Milk though he strikes out solo, letting his kitchen-sink indie pop songs play out exactly as he wants them to (although he is supported by members of Male Bonding, Hefner and Withered Hand among others). Out on Fortuna Pop.

Wild Nothing
Life of Pause

Album number 3 from ambitious indie musician Jack Tatum, best known as Wild Nothing. Life Of Pause is a bold new collection, bringing in the likes of saxophones and marimbas to the melancholy smooth-indie mix. The result is a superbly textured, well produced record, each song full of layers to peel away. On Bella Union.

His Clancyness
Always Mist: Revisited


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Eleanor Friedberger
New View

One half of Fiery Furnaces returns with her third solo album, New View. Eleanor Friedberger brings her distinctive attitude to some summery and upbeat indie-pop. Her singular voice ties together this collection of playful rock and pop and her more experimental interests are kept in check by ridiculously catchy melodies. CD and LP on Frenchkiss.

TEEN
Love Yes

TEEN are back with more shiny, funky soul-pop. Love Yes is principally about womanhood and expressions of sensuality that exist outside of the narrow corridor mandated by society. Wise songs, backed with infectiously grooving instrumental interplay. On the Carpark label as CD, 2LP, or an extra-limited transparent red vinyl edition.
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Animal Collective
Painting With

Animal Collective are back again! What strange areas have they wandered into this time around? The answer seems to be less harsh, but similarly frantic territory to Centipede Hz, though with a particular focus on shorter, faster songs. CD, LP and deluxe LP edition (that last one includes a psychedelic zoetrope-style slipmat), with the possibility of 3 different covers.
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Beacon
Escapements

Beacon are a pair of New Yorkers, crafting sleek electro-pop with a lithe twist. For Escapements, their second album, they’ve enlisted extra help from Rory O’Connor, the drummer from Tycho, bringing some live percussion into the electronic mix. Released by the Ghostly International label.

Choir of Young Believers
Grasque

Choir Of Young Believers have followed up the stately focus previous album Rhine Gold with a rather different prospect: the expansive, explorative Grasque. Big, bright R&B pop songs are the order of the day, carried across with all sorts of (often fairly experimental) textures. Out on Ghostly International.
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Ceres
I Don't Want To Be Anywhere But Here

Raucous indie pop anyone? Yes, I know it’s not 2004 anymore but Ceres are still rocking with some hard indie rock on I Don’t Want to be Anywhere But Here. Driving drums and thrashing guitars gel with some punchy vocals to make an album for a little hidden-bedroom-headbanging. CD or yellow coloured vinyl LP. Limited to 500 copies.
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Emmy The Great
Second Love

Second Love is the third album by English singer/songwriter Emmy The Great. The title suggests a connection with her debut album, First Love on which she showed a gift for stirring the emotions with her storytelling. On Second Love, Emmy The Great balances the warmth of human nature with an awareness of the new technological age. Second Love was produced by Dave McCracken, whose production credits include Beyonce, Deus and Ian Brown, along with Swedish songwriter and producer Ludwig Goransson. Tom Fleming from Wild Beasts makes a guest appearance too. On Bella Union.

Gwilym Gold
Greener World (Alt Version)

Two prime tracks from Gwilym Gold’s recent record A Paradise get the acoustic treatment here on Greener World (Alt Version). Stripping away numerous sonic layers leaves the intimate core of these compositions fully visible: gorgeous. Limited edition of 300 12” copies, released by The Vinyl Factory.
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Purity Ring
Another Eternity

Purity Ring are a Canadian duo made up of Megan James and Corin Roddick. Another Eternity is the duo’s second album and follows on from the critically acclaimed 2012 debut, Shrines. Their debut also reached No.1 on the iTunes electronic chart. It was recorded whilst the pair were in separate cities of Montreal and Halifax. For Another Eternity, the James and Roddick returned to their hometown of Edmonton, Alberta where most of the self-produced and recorded album took shape.
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Jane Weaver / Tender Prey
Mission Desire / Pleasure Pain Principle

Mission Desire is the second single to be taken from Jane Weaver’s critically acclaimed album The Silver Globe. Weaver mixes spacey analogue synths and krautrock with classic singer/songwriting to make an original and compelling sound. This 7” is shared with Weaver’s labelmates and noisey Cardiffian three-piece, Tender Prey who bring Pleasure Pain Principle to the party - a burst of noise with intelligent lyrics.
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Nap Eyes
Thought Rock Fish Scale

Nap Eyes’ previous release Whine of the Mystics was quite a brooding melancholic affair, with their follow up Thought Rock Fish Scale they have opened the windows a bit, and there is an air of romanticism to their brand of indie pop. Recorded straight to a 4-track in single takes - no overdubs to be found here, there is a pleasant sense of emergency to it.  For fans of Lou Reed, The Clean, The Go-Betweens, Bedhead. Comes with download code.

Basia Bulat
Good Advice

Good Advice is the fourth studio album by Canadian singer/songwriter Basia Bulat. She recorded the album with the production and instrumental assistance of Jim James from My Morning Jacket. His influence is clear to see. Bulat is usually known for playing an autoharp, but here a more traditional guitar, bass, drums and keyboard set up is used. Jim James says that she is a unique talent.
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Black Peaches
Get Down You Dirty Rascals

Debut full-length album from Black Peaches, a new project from the very busy Rob Smoughton, who has worked in Hot Chip and Scritti Politti and as Grovesnor. Get Down You Dirty Rascals is a fine excursion into swamp-funk, recorded with a tight-but-loose band made up of members of Cold Specks and The Severed Limb. Released on 1965 Records.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Guerilla Toss
Eraser Stargazer

Eraser Stargazer is the new album by Boston five-piece Guerilla Toss. It follows on from their 2104 debut album Gay Disco and their 2015 EP Flood Dosed which won the band praise from the likes of Henry Rollins and Busy P of Ed Banger Records. The band describe their chaotic sound as New Age Rage, celebrating positivity and aberrant spiritualism through ferocious yet cerebral and danceable rock music.
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  • DFA

The 1975
I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It

It goes without saying that when a band’s debut album sells more than a million copies that their follow-up will be eagerly awaited. Well, folks, the wait is over as the new album by The 1975 is here! Snappily titled I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, it takes the catchy hooks and expansive and electrifying alt. rock of their self-titled debut to the next level.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Mt. Si
Limits EP

Satisfying electro-pop side-project, brightening the days of the band members, who spend their day-jobs in Superhumanoids, Kisses and Classixx respectively. Together, as Mt. Si, they manage to sound like a lot more than a way to kill time, with Limits’ 4 tracks each standing up as strong pieces of pop. 12” on Cascine.
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DIIV
Is The Is Are

DIIV have produced a whole 17 songs for their hard-to-say-out-loud second album Is The Is Are. Zachary Cole Smith (formerly a Darwin Deez associate) has led his band into the fruitful territory of melodic shoegaze-tinged dream pop, which they perform with aplomb. CD or double LP on the Captured Tracks label.

Tindersticks
The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room, Tindersticks’ latest full-length, comes accompanied by a full brace of short films, one for each of the album’s eleven tracks. These songs are thus suitably cinematic, grandly arranged but on an intimate scale. Also includes a guest vocal from Jenny Beth of Savages. Four different format options, on City Slang.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Prettiots
Fun's Cool

The Prettiots are New York pop two piece featuring Kay Kasparhauser and Lulu Prat. Their debut album ‘Fun’s Cool’ is playfully themed around modern life in a big city, played with minimal instrumentation (uke and bass) and sugary but raw untreated vocals, their songs are full of catchy hooks and humour.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Summer Twins
Limbo

Summer Twins a two piece made up of two sisters. Their sound is all about half-imagined 1960’s summers in California: bouncy garage rock with harmonising pop vocals over the top. Good times music essentially. Limbo is the most developed their songs have sounded to date, without shedding the loose joy key that is key to the band. On Burger Records.

Eerie Wanda
Hum

Eerie Wanda is a project led by Marina Tadic, working with a band that includes members of Jacco Gardner’s group. Hum, the debut collection from the project, is a softly-spoken yet weighty thing, each song bouncing along but with a melancholy undercurrent. CD and LP editions available, on the Beyond Beyond is Beyond label.

Kane Strang
Blue Cheese

Proper DIY, bedroom garage from Kane Strang and Ba Da Bing! records. His guitars may be lo-fi and rough, but on Blue Cheese Strang also perfects weightless vocals that are reminiscent of Bradford Cox and some lovely varied arrangements full of keyboards and guitar melodies. These are charming pop songs with the right amount of scuzz and sophistication.

The Hound Of Love
Careful Houndy

Jeans Wilder of The Mean Jeans strikes out with his first solo effort, under the name The Hound Of Love. He maintains the same wide-eyed enthusiasm we know from his band’s pop-punk, but transplants it to another merry genre: synth-pop! Careful Houndy is a bleepy, 80’s tinged set, out on Burger Records.
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Benji Hughes
Songs in the Key of Animals

‘Songs in the Key of Animals’ was recorded over two years at Frisbie studios in New York and will be pop adventurer Benji Hughes’ first album release on Merge. The album has a sun drenched feel that balances emotional depth with a very natural eccentricity resulting in a record that can be lots of fun without sacrificing substance. It’s also full of animals.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Various
Static Waves Volume 4

Saint Marie Records present their fourth annual Static Waves compilation to date, again pooling an impressive quantity of material only from the label’s roster. Most of the 33 tracks here are previously unreleased, so fans of artists like Static Daydream, Bloody Knives and Orange will want to dig into this 3-disc box set, especially at such a bargain price!

Rosie Lowe
Control

Rosie Lowe is a new name in the fertile synth-soul scene, combining a traditionally heartfelt vocal approach with some bass-weighted electronic production. Control is her debut full-length, and is available as CD or LP: the LP includes a free download of 2 extra bonus tracks. Released by the Wolf Tone label.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Bloc Party
Hymns

Suprise! Bloc Party are back! Hymns, their fifth record, arrives after some time away, with original songwriters Kele and Russell accompanied by a bass-player formerly of Menomena and a young drummer from Youtube. Initial single The Love Within has been picking up a lot of love from listeners, suggesting this might be a strong return. On Infectious Music.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Chairlift
Moth

Chairlift hail from Brooklyn and are an indie-pop/synth-pop duo comprised of multi-talented musicians and producers Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly. Moth is their third album following Do You Inspire You (2008) and Something (2012). Moth features the single Ch-Ching and is available on CD & Vinyl via Columbia Records.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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Emma Pollock
In Search of Harperfield

It has taken nearly six years but Emma Pollock has finally followed up her marvellous album The Law Of Large Numbers with  In Search of Harperfield. The album nods in the direction of great female artists such as Kate Bush, Sandy Denny, Dusty Springfield and Kristin Hersh whilst Emma’s vocals recall the talents of Annie Lennox and Siouxsie Sioux. Emma’s songwriting ability and gift for melody set her apart from the pack. The album was produced by fellow ex-Delgado Paul Savage. In Search of Harperfield will please fans of The Delgados and is already regarded as one of the best albums in the Chemikal Underground cannon.

CHAPPO
Future Former Self

CHAPPO take their New York City origins and pour them into a psychedelic soul-pop that often sounds more like the wide beaches and plazas of LA than the mean streets of NY. Must be testament to their powers of musical conjuring that a listener to Future Former Self will be readily convinced. Out on the Votiv label.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Tuff Love
Resort

Young Glaswegians Tuff Love have been sporadically sprinkling EPs around for the last few years: now the time has come to compile Junk, Dross and Dregs (their titles, not mine) into one convenient package. The name of the game is gorgeous, hazy guitar pop with more than a touch of shoegaze shimmer. Released by Lost Map.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Your Friend
Gumption

Your Friend is the guitar, voice and loops project of Taryn Miller, who releases Gumption straight from finishing a tour with Courtney Barnett. On this album Miller perfects the rich DIY pop and sad indie of her Jekyll/Hyde EP. Like that release, her powerful voice dominates here, but is accompanied by glistening samples and lush textures. Domino have put this record out on vinyl LP (with download code) and CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

MONEY
Suicide Songs

Suicide Songs is the new album by Money. It is follow-up to their haunting and atmospheric debut The Shadow Of Heaven. This time, despite experiencing musical differences that lead to a temporary geographical split, the band eventually decided to put all of their efforts into making what they do better. Singer Jamie Lee, already noted as a fine lyricist, strived to be the best writer he could and wrote poems alongside his lyrics. Suicide Songs is a more confident record adding brass, strings and gospel choirs to their sound.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Toy Light
Sightless, Unless

Toy Light is a Los Angeles-based producer who is a dab hand with a whole range of instruments, not to mention beat-merchant production and a strong falsetto voice. Sightless, Unless is a varied set of tracks, sometimes flying into abstract territory and sometimes grounded in ‘proper’ songs. Released on the Alpha Pup label.
  • Vinyl LP (APR075)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Communions
Communions EP+

This 7 track CD EP from Communions showcases a melodic DIY sound that borrow rough post-punk aesthetics and rigid New Order guitar work. This collection compiles the EP and an impossible to find early 7” and introduces the group’s exuberant mixture of punk and 4AD dream pop. Tough Love release this bittersweet CD.

Pet Shop Boys
Super

The consistently great Pet Shop Boys do what they do best; sad-eyed synth-pop with catchy hooks and potent melodies. Super is the duo’s first album since 2013’s Electric and is released on vinyl LP and CD on their own label. This record has a modern dance-pop sound, but the pair still have an ear for timeless songcraft and arrangements.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Cave Singers
Banshee

The Cave Singers are clearly children of the 1970’s: for much of new album Banshee, they are basically a glam rock band. The bass pulses, the drums shuffle, and Pete Quirk’s vocals are dripping with Bolan. This is their first record since they spent a year on solo and side projects, and they sound happy to be back together. CD and LP editions available on Jagjaguwar

Dan Sartain
Century Plaza

One Little Indian release Dan Sartain’s record of snotty, no wave electro-pop. Century Plaza is available on vinyl LP and CD and is a sleazy ode to synthesizers, cheap drum machines and Alan Vega. Sartain’s witty lyrics and out-of-time croon update his beloved synth pop icons with style and energy.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Breakbot
Still Waters

French producer Breakbot digs out his synthesizer for this funky synth pop release. Still Waters distills everything great from disco, boogie and jittery French house to create a sharp pop album frozen in time. Ed Banger have pressed this to vinyl LP and CD and have kindly included the CD with the vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

El Guincho
Hiperasia

El Guincho is a big-name producer in Spain, and listening to new record Hiperasia makes it clear why. He has a hit-making pop sensibility and a very bright-and-shiny sound pallette. As well as his own, oft-auto-tuned vocals, guests such as Mala Rodriquez also contribute to the tunes. Released on Everlasting Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Radiation City
Synesthetica

Radiation City emerge triumphant from a tricky period (of inter-band couples breaking up and original members leaving), with third album Synesthetica. But they sound all the stronger for it, with tracks that shine and shimmer through bright pop melodies and adventurous production. Released by Polyvinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Spook School
Binary

The Spook School are a gang of pop-punk enthusiasts making enthusiastic pop-punk. They’ve been making waves since their debut album Dress Up, released a couple of years ago, but they still sound grounded and direct. Binary addresses the nonsense of rigid gender norms, embracing genderqueer and non-binary identities to a sing-along chorus! Hooray! Yellow 7” on Fortuna Pop.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kelela
Hallucinogen

Kelela is an American singer/songwriter who puts an original slant on her music. Her new album Hallucinogen, released on Warp, follows 2013’s critically acclaimed album Cut 4 Me on which she set out to make a mixtape sound like a remix album by adding her own vocals to music by DJs on Fade to Mind and Night Slugs. Hallucinogen is an album packed with ideas which is expressive and cool. Fans of Bjork, FKA Twigs and Grimes should check this out.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

De Rosa
Weem

Third album by De Rosa, containing 11 further tracks of their woozy, motoriked indie. They have a touch of gloom to them (see track titles ‘Prelude to Entropic Doom’ and ‘Fauster’), but there’s nowt wrong with that. Released by Mogwai’s Rock Action label, on CD and heavyweight vinyl (which includes a download code).

Aidan Knight
Each Other

Aidan Knight and his band of squires (I’m so sorry) have imbued the songs on Each Other with a delicate melancholy, carried through by thoughtful lyrics, bold and spacious production, and lots of interesting textures. You’ll feel sad and comforted all at the same time. Released by Full Time Hobby.

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