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The Auteurs
How I Learned To Love The Bootboys

As songwriter Luke Haines began to focus his energies on new musical projects, such as Black Box Recorder, his output with the Auteurs began to dwindle, and 'How I Learned To Love The Bootboys' became their final document, a moody, typically downbeat record with a dramatic, end-days feel (those strings!). Now it gets the reissue treatment from 3...view item »


Shady Bard
From The Ground Up

'From' the Ground Up' is the debut album from Brum melancholists shady bard (so humble they choose lower-case) and it's a rousingly pretty/sad-hued treat from start to finish. Taking its cue from the twinkly songs of Sparklehorse, the earthy simplicity of early Coldplay & the epic, forboding echo of iLiKETRAiNS it embraces autumnal, environm...view item »


Golden Fable
Ancient Blue

The Welsh dream too, you know. Golden Fable are a trio of dream pop wizards, and they'e following up their debut record, 'Star Maps'. That record efficiently demonstrated their shimmering sound through synths, programmed drums and effects upon effects, but this record presents it even more neatly and emotively. 'Ancient Blue' goes in for th...view item »


New Build
Pour It On

‘Pour It On’ is the long awaited second album from Hot Chip’s Felix Martin, LCD Soundsystem’s Al Doyle and Tom Hopkins. Following on from their 2012 debut ‘Yesterday Was Lived And Lost’, this 10-track LP is unabashedly anthemic; it’s electronic music as its most cohesive and assured, with sonic shades of...view item »


Comet Gain
Paperback Ghosts

COMET GAIN return with their seventh album “Paperback Ghosts” on July 7th, their first since 2011’s critically acclaimed “Howl of The Lonely Crowd”. Recorded at Soup Studios with producer Simon Trought at the helm, and inspired by the psycho-geography of walks in North London woods and in the forgotten grey hinterla...view item »


Lowlakes
Iceberg Nerves

A quartet of desert-dwelling Australian dreamers who also like pop, Lowlakes make dream pop that falls somewhere between the night-time dramatics of Trespassers' William, the synthy low-key side of Justin Vernon and the confrontational baritone vocals of crooners Majical Cloudz and Future Islands. 'Iceberg Nerves' is a mix of downbeat progr...view item »


Tyrannosaurus Dead
Flying Ant Day

For fans of fuzzed out indie rock from yesteryear with modern principles and a youthful exuberance, there's Tyrannosaurus Dead, who get by with sickly-sweet vocal exchanges (that recall a gentler Dan Bejar) and scuzzy chords that make you feel a lot of love. The succinct and always catchy enough 'Flying Ant Day' takes you back to the days of 'Sl...view item »


Seamajesty
Seamajestea

From a studio in the garage (isn’t it always the case?) comes an album of instrumental pop with a low-fi feel (well, it was made in a garage), with the man behind it all, London based sound engineer Mr James Yates, creating all the sounds, doing all the mixing, mastering, the whole shabang. Described as pop for short attention spans, S...view item »


Lost Girls
Lost Girls - Expanded Edition

Lost Girls' self-titled debut LP has been a long time coming: the original duo (Kitchen of Distinction's Patrick Fitzgerald and 4AD's Heidi Berry) formed in 1998 as somewhat of a work in progress, wrote some songs and played a handful of live shows. The band soon expanded with the addition of three more members (Ashley Wood, Dave Morgan and Kim ...view item »


Peter's Window
Last Summer on Earth / Grapey Day

A pop artist who's as renegade as a TV cop who doesn't play by the rules, Pete Nichols' debut record Last Summer On Earth / Grapey Day combines his love of easy, persuasive melodies and subversive, mislabelled sound effects. It's the kind of pop that sounds pretty and ugly at the same time, whic...view item »
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Orange Yellow Red
A Rose Made Of Galaxies

The debut album of Orange Yellow Red, A Rose Made of Galaxies is a nice slice of pop, drizzled with a bit of shoegaze in places from the lead singer’s vocals and all that fuzzy guitar which swirls around -- a bit like bands such as Lush or Curve. However for the main part ...view item »


The Ting Tings
Super Critical

Shouty indie pop duo Ting Tings continue to be a thing with 'Super Critical', their third record to date. In their time away, it sounds like they've been listening to a lot of HAIM and digging the whole light disco homage thing. The guitars bounce in that direction, the percussion gets a little bit more primitive, and you are definitely exp...view item »


Chris Schlarb
Psychic Temple II

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The House Of Love
Live At The Lexington 13.11.13

Remember when indie rock was made by people in the '80s? Probably not, right, because who was even alive then? Aside from everyone I work with? The House Of Love helped bridge that awkward period between the '80s and the '90s, when the genre saw a lot of stylistic changeover, but 'Live At The Lexington' sees them playing as recent as last year, ...view item »


The Horn The Hunt
Terrafidella

Hazy analogue pop from Leeds-based The Horn The Hunt. Taking it’s title from a fusion of the latin words for land and faithful, Terrafidella offers expansive guitar-led songs with overtones of '90s stadium grunge. Synth flutters and the soaring vocals of Clare Carter fill the gaps in between the insistent drums an...view item »


Medicine
Home Everywhere

Medicine make songs and then sabotage them until they're buried under a dusty pile of rocks, taking after the Perfect Pussy punx with the whole mission statement of "write pop, fuck it up later". Unlike the fuzz of their peers, 'Home Everywhere' has little interest in nostalgia, making the noise the main attraction and the tune under it a second...view item »


Dilly Dally
Candy Mountain

Toronto’s Dilly Dally formed in 2010 after discovering a shared propensity for dreamy guitars, weed and karaoke. With the addition of their two good friends, Corey Marshall (drums) and Michael Guiliani (bass) the quartet spent the years that followed playing anywhere they could with a PA, be it bar or basement. Now, with a solid fan base, ...view item »


Paul Smith & Peter Brewis
Frozen By Sight

The Sunderland/Newcastle axis of art rock is in full collaboration mode at the moment. The most esoteric could well be this meeting of Field Music's Peter Brewis with Maximo Park's Paul Smith. Brewis's complex chamber music compositions are a gorgeous backdrop to Smith's tales travel writing texts. It ocassionally hits dizzy heights and is nothi...view item »


Viktor Sjoberg
House Master

Pastoral experimantal poppy house music from this Swedish maestro who has now reached his 5th outing for the esteemed Kalligrammofon. His story about finding a bargain Chicago house LP at the age of 9 is quite sweet. I was still listening to Duran Duran back then so he's obviously tons cooler than me. This is his attempt to aurall...view item »


Mazes
Wooden Aquarium

It's been a year since 2013's triumphant 'Ores & Minerals' and London based trio Mazes hone in on the best of their craft with 'Wooden Aquarium'; here, the hypnotic motorik rhythms and infectious pop melodies remain firmly intact. Though defying tradition and recording the album completely live in a studio, Mazes have not compromised their l...view item »


Various
RAOV – XMAS

Looking for a present that will cheer up your nan and run on her '73 audio set-up? Now you have the opportunity to make your Christmas holidays bearable at the same time! With this collection of fresh collaborations, Random Acts of Vinyl brings Limited Edition 10” Joy to the birthday of our Lord and Savior. Merry Chri...view item »


Virginia Wing
Extended Play

I heard a tape from Virginia Wing a while back and wasn’t all that taken by them, but I’m giving them another go today in order to tell you what their new EP sounds like. It’s on the ever-reliable Faux Discx so I’m open to persuasion. I’m happy to ...view item »


Allo Darlin'
We Come From The Same Place

Anglo-Aussie indie-poppers Allo Darlin’ are back with their third full-length and a lot has changed since 2012’s ‘Europe’: coalescing the enthusiastic urgency of their 2010 self-titled debut with the introspective sophistication of its follow-up, ‘We Come From The Same Place’ combines the best of both worlds. ...view item »


Odd Rumblings
Thieves

Pop music as refracted by glass, Odd Rumblings create a chilling atmosphere on their self-titled debut, only occasionally letting pop hooks pass through. These industrial-tinged songs rest on heavily effected soundscapes that echo outward for eternity, but are softened by emphatic vocal melodies that the duo find impossible to resist. It's DIY: ...view item »


Of Montreal
Cherry Peel

'Cherry Peel', the first record from the chaotic twee mess that is Of Montreal, was originally released in 1999. With its psych-folk undertones and gleefully experimental take on pop music, it slotted right into Elephant 6's canon, fulfilling their golden rule -- music should explode all over the place. Now it's back on vinyl thanks to Bar-None....view item »


El May
The Other Person is You

El May is a backing musician turned songwriter, who's moved from playing for Nada Surf and Luna to making songs in all the traditions of a solo folkie. Her songs are melancholic tales about break-up and devastation, transmitted through piano compositions and simple, indelible vocal melodies. Call it existential pop music: 'The Oth...view item »


The Voyeurs
Rhubarb Rhubarb

This lot used to be called Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs but have now mysteriously changed their name to the Voyeurs. Their music has changed ever so slightly and instead of evoking Television's 1970's New York guitar stylings, they now evoke Lou Reed's 1970's New York guitar stylings. The track I'm listening to sounds like an absolute mess so w...view item »


Chet Faker
Built on Glass

Having gained notoriety on Youtube with some soulful covers of big electronic/hiphop tracks including Burial (sans gritty percussion), Aussie songsmith Nick Murphy drops his debut album under the mildly irritating Chet Faker name. While billed as an electronica musician on various sites, the majority of the s...view item »


Arctic Monkeys
AM

When Arctic Monkeys announced the first single on their new album, a US online mag ran the story to which someone in the comments below said “Great, I’ll tell my dad”. It perfectly sums up the concerns that have become increasingly evident over their last couple of albums; that their cheeky ...view item »


18+
Trust

18+ return from mixtape hell with a whole lot of fresh ideas and their debut record, 'Trust'. The duo spend most of the record's runtime breathing and hyperventilating over delicate and sensual electro-pop tunes, leaving the textures and eclectic amples sparse and intimate, their vocals rising and falling against solid ground. Not for the faint ...view item »


September Girls
Cursing The Sea

The process of doling out reviews to our various staff is more fraught than you may think. This record seems to have been knocking about forever and still we wait on the review from its once enthusiastic champion. A sequence of implausible events have scuppered it but we are not letting it get away though, no way,  so September Girls, you a...view item »


Ace City Racers
Different Angle

I want to say Ace City Racers make garage rock, because how perfect would that be? It's not far from the truth: while this band popped out of the bedroom, twee pop style, with intimate and luxuriously silly songs that originally appeared on the gleeful Alcopop Records, they retain a rugged edge and a penchant for all things raw. This new 7" sing...view item »


Dean Blunt
Black Metal

This probably isn't the new Bathory album. Dean Blunt, previously of Hype Williams fame, is becoming one of the most singular voices and visionaries in what we would probably call 'experimental' music. He makes records that traverse genre after genre until they all diminish (seriously, though -- 'The Redeemer' is voicemail-core, with plenty of d...view item »


Insect Heroes
Apocalypso

Sweet vocals, off kilter percussion and randomly layered electronic sounds characterise Insect Heroes' 'Apocalypso', which is actually way more cheerful and abundantly more twee than the metal name and artwork suggests. This record is recommended for fans of loopy indie pop bands such as the Unicorns and Islands, who make you feel through the mo...view item »


Soft as Snow
Glass Body Remixed

Houndstooth makes way for their old friends Soft as Snow, a duo whose name doesn't quite fit with the next-generation, sci-fi sounds they bring to their electro-pop. 'Glass Body Remixed' takes one of their prime cuts and reroutes it twice; first, Lucy of Stroboscopic Artefacts unleashes it onto the floor, and then Factory Floor's Gabe Gurnsey ex...view item »


Shellsuit
Wednesday Morning Bootle Strand

Shellsuit homage the best of the folk, punk and indie rock canons in 'Wednesday Morning Bootle Strand', citing Simon and Garfunkel as an influence for their sound alongside the Velvet Underground, as if the bands are two flips of the same coin -- they mention the Smiths, too. Ultimately, this duo make contemplative guitar tunes that are eit...view item »


Helado Negro
Double Youth

'Double Youth' is the new record from electronic songwriter Helado Negro, who draws on his base of equipment (including bass drum machines, to get your body moving and your brain brooding) in order to make a sound in the palettes of ambient, IDM and synth pop -- all meshed together to bare his little soul. 'Double Youth' is influenced by funk an...view item »


Various
5 Years of Bedroom Suck Records

Bedroom Suck Records reaches a milestone and documents it with '5 Years of Bedroom Suck Records', a lovely collection that unites the label's bannerfolk under one release. Angel Eyes are on here along with Blank Realm; Boomgates sit side to side with  Ela Stiles; Per Purpose catch up with Peter Escott. Each artist offers up a track either r...view item »


Conquering Animal Sound
Talking Shapes

Indietronica duo Conquering Animal Sound are releasing their first new work in over a year, following on from the lush and propulsive tactics employed for 2013's 'On Floating Bodies'. This 12" EP surveys the concepts and constructs of "gender and language", while taking a poppier approach to songwriting, with more traditional vers...view item »


Zola Jesus
Taiga

A year on from 'Versions', an orchestral reworking of old songs, indie and goth pop songwriter Zola Jesus is back with 'Taiga', her first record of original material since 2011. Nika Roza Danilova has said she wrote and recorded 'Taiga' to sound huger and more sonically clear than previous Zola Jesus records, with clean-as-a-whist...view item »


Von Spar
Streetlife

Von Spar are back after releasing a live adaptation of Can's 'Ege Bamyasi', here to unleash their own brand of new-era krautrock to the world with 'Streetlife' -- the weirdest of '70s rock, but with some disco too. This record is, as ever, a highly collaborative affair, bringing on board Marker Starling, Ada and Scout Niblett for a variety of vo...view item »
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Oviformia Sci
Hablamos De Nosotros

Imagine leaving Berlin in the early 80's and arriving in Barcelona for your annual holiday. You switch on the radio to be greeted by some synth ridden techno-pop - you assume it is your native musical geniuses Kraftwerk, only to have Spanish words fly out at your face. What's going on, you ask yourself. After the song ends, the DJ informs you th...view item »


The New Pornographers
Brill Bruisers

The New Pornographers are a twee pop supergroup from Canada that brings together the indie rock stars Neko Case, Dan Bejar (Destroyer) and A.C. Newman under one banner. Their new record, 'Brill Bruisers', is their first since 2010's 'Together', which was stuffed with orchestration and additional players, such as Okkervil River's Will Sheff. 'Bri...view item »


Lily & Madeleine
Fumes

Sophomore album from Indianapolis siblings Lily and Madeleine, look at them all sleepy on their boat. All that hard work is obviously paying off, I hope it doesn't capsize, that would be a dreadful thing to happen. It does look slightly leaky doesn't it? They've not even packed a picnic or any toiletries by the looks of it. Silly girls!...view item »


Queens
End Times

Debut album on Dial Records from Scott Mou, one half of duo Jane (ft. Panda Bear), ‘Yellow Pages’ begins with an almost Godspeed-like post-rock echo, a lonely g...view item »


High Hazels
High Hazels

Self-described as "inherently Northern", High Hazels are one of those indie rock bands from Sheffield riding high on a lot of persistence and dream pop influence. This self-titled record shows their knack for producing tunes out of little more than damn good melodies, be they from the strings on their guitars or the words out of their mouths. We...view item »


Lamb
Backspace Unwind

Electronic duo Andy Barlow and Lou Rhodes make up the hushed electronica outfit Lamb, and 'Backspace Unwind' offers ten new tunes based around the same thrumming beats, delicate arrangements and whispered vocals. This time, though, they also have string arrangements conducted by Tom Trapp to work with, giving their sound a lush, organic accompan...view item »


Jamie T
Carry On The Grudge

Which one is Jamie T again? I simply can't remember. Anyway here he is, he hasn't released anything for four years, yet this is  his third album? What is it? I mean what the hell is it? The track I'm listening to is a kind of a chanting pub rock type affair with a melody which is exactly like somethong from the '80's that I just can't recal...view item »


Gemma Ray
Milk For Your Motors

Gemma Ray's new album, 'Milk For Your Motors', brings together dark pop tones, goth folk and noir with a more conventional girl-group aesthetic, recalling a sound championed by Marissa Nadler and Zola Jesus.    Tracks: The Wheel ...view item »


Auclair
Semaphore

Semaphore is the latest release from Auclair (Tanya Auclair) on Kit Records. Woozy post-dubsteppian avant-pop with a hint of understated R&B. Think Beach House, Broadcast and Little Dragon's more melancholic moments. The CD is limited to 200 copies and is accompanied by some dreamy artwork from...view item »


Woo / Nite Jewel
Intensity / P.S.

A lovely split 7” from Drag City. Nite Jewel has been around a while, polishing a brand of electronic pop that initially wasn’t too far removed from the hypnagogic thing that was trendy for awhile. T...view item »


The Aislers Set
How I Learned To Write Backwards

San Fran's finest twee pop act, The Aislers Set originally unleashed their delicately strummed, totally loopy brand of romantic songs in the late '90s. Influenced by the '60s in the way they wrote love songs -- stoically, as well as sadly -- they also brought in elements of garage rock and post-punk, while doing silly things like jamming ke...view item »


Jack Adaptor
J' Accuse!

The Family Cat frontcat Paul Frederick has a new album with his duo Jack Adaptor, who also feature co-songwriter Christopher Cordoba, with Frederick covering the lyrics and vocals and Cordoba taking care of the instruments and production. It's sophisticated up-tempo indie rock and features homages to the Velvet Underground and Big Star. Frederic...view item »


Kindness
Otherness

Kindness is indie disco/R&B-influenced dude Adam Bainbridge. 'Otherness' is his second record and the follow-up to 'World, You Need a Change of Mind'. It's heavy on the funk and even heavier on the collaborations -- the record includes guest spots from Kelela, Robyn and Blood Orange frontman Dev Hynes. Get ready for sad, smooth vib...view item »


Caroline
Verdugo Hills Remixes

While the remixes of Caroline's debut album "Murmurs" all brought unique approaches to the each track, making them actually sound like new versions, these "remixes" are just too minimal. Except for maybe the last track, all of the songs from Verdugo Hills are stripped of either the main arrangement and replaced with minimal lazy/ basic arrangeme...view item »


Generationals
Alix

Indie pop duo Generationals wanted to mark a change of pace for their new record 'Alix', so sought out the production juggernaut Richard Swift (famous for his work with psych-rockers Foxygen and Zach Braff twee fanatics the Shins). The result is an indie pop record with an electronic edge -- beats, glitches and all....view item »


Kele
Trick

Is it Kele as in Pele? Or Kelly as in.....um...Kelly Dalglish? Not sure. Anyway for the unititiated its the bloke from Bloc Party. Solo, he delves deep into the type of pulsating dance music he's tried unsuccessfully to shoehorn into his main bands sound. Full of dancefloor friendly beats and squiggly synths and techno and house influences. 'Dou...view item »


Wampire
Bazaar

Cheery, tongue-in-cheek psych rock seems to fit the bill for this band named Wampire. Their new record, 'Bazaar', is full of guitar fuzz lore, with song titles like "Wizard's Staff" floating around in there. It was produced by Jake Portrait, who has worked with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and helps keep the riffage clear and articulated throughout...view item »
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Peaking Lights
Lucifer

Well our Ant wrote a bleedin' thesis on their last excursion. I'm not gonna attempt anything like that for 936's successor especially when this laptop I'm using/cursing is being such an utter spiteful bastard. I saw them in the alternately tattooed and slinky flesh the other d...view item »


Melted Toys
Melted Toys

You've got the old-school options of either vinyl or cassette for the debut Melted Toys album. These cats are from San Francisco and they play a sun-hazed slacker pop that falls somewhere between the easy-going MOR Of the likes of Real Estate and Triptides and the wibbly psy...view item »
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The Clean
Anthology

Anthology serves as a celebration of The Clean, a band whose influence extends so far beyond their New Zealand home that even if you have never heard of The Clean before, you have surely heard of some of the bands (Pavement, Yo La Tengo, and Superchunk, to name a few) who have been influenced by their unique blend of homemade garage rock, hook-f...view item »


Erlend Oye
Legao

The press release for 'Legao' refers to Erlend Øye as "a skinny nerd", which is one of the crueller hard sells we've had. In actuality, Øye is a musician who trades in chillout vibes, playing a low-key, funky kind of indie rock (listen to those palm-muted chords on "Garota", and those slick drum fills, and float away). Øye o...view item »


Resonars
Greatest Songs Of The Resonars

Psychedelic power-popsters The Resonars have been peddling an impeccably observed brand of ‘60s psychedelia since way before it resurged in recent years. If you rewind all the way back to 1998 this lot were whacking out Beatles/Who/...view item »


Waiters
What For Art Thou

Waiters are a Manchester band who make indie rock with big aspirations, full of jangly guitar and what they call minimal composition that channels the downbeat indie rock of the 90s; "Perpetual Notion" recalls early Pavement if they were transposed into North England. 'What For Art Thou' is their new 12" EP, and it's recommended to indie rock re...view item »


Slow Magic
How To Run Away

I can't remember who Slow Magic are. Not much info about them on the internet but who cares about that eh? This is their second album and I believe they have been lumped in with the chill-wave lot and I can see why. Its a heat-haze brand of electronica that wibbles and wobbles but its very upbeat, using all manner of horrible 80's era Stevie Won...view item »


Ruby Fray
Grackle

'Grackle' is the newest record from Ruby Fray, a songwriter who tells dark stories by the way of sweet Americana melodies. Following up on 'Pith', this record continues to showcase Fray's brand of soft but equally unsettling indie folk, but also utilities left-field tactics, bringing in trip-hop style rhythms on "It's Mine" and honest-to-god bea...view item »
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Laetitia Sadier
Something Shines

Here's a new album from Stereolab vixen Laetitia Sadier’s which was recorded in Switzerland with a man called David who has lots of keyboards. In fact  Its a truly international record with the drummer recording his parts in Paris, the bassist in Valencia and the strings done in St Etienne. Sadier's own parts were overdubbed in London...view item »


alt-J
This Is All Yours

'This Is All Yours' is experimental rock act Alt-J's first record since their  conceptual debut, 'An Awesome Wave', and was mostly written in free time around touring that record. "Hunger of the Pine", the record's first single, features a sample of Miley Cyrus' "4x4".    Tracks ...view item »


Mass Spectrometer
Guild Hall

‘Guild Hall’ is the second release by Mass Spectrometer, which is the output of Leeds based kiwi producer Michael Canning, and drummer Richard Beech. Guild Hall follows on in the melodic but uncompromising footsteps of the first Mass Spectrometer release, the album ‘Music for Engines in Overdrive’. This EP of 6 pi...view item »


Cosines
Oscillations

Here's the first full-length from Alice Hubley's latest outfit Cosines, offering us an appealing take on twee-pop from a strangely krautrock-ish angle, with the rhythms and synth lines often lending a Kraftwerk/Stereolab feel to their catchy, personable pop songs in amongst some mor...view item »


We Need Secrets
Melancholy & The Archive

'Melancholy & The Archive', the debut by Canadian shoegazers We Need Secrets, immediately recalls a myriad bands who liked drowning their tunes in that thing we call fuzz: the string bends on 'Melancholy' recall My Bloody Valentine, the happy melodies bring back the romantic pop Eric's Trip, and you can fill in the rest with your lo-fi indie...view item »


Rubberbear
Other Side Of The Fence

Rubberbear are a of mini-supergroup of sorts, bringing together New Order's bassist, Tom Chapman, with ex Fall member Steve Trafford. As their delicately composed single "Let's Move Somewhere Else" attests, the duo's sound is softer and less invasive than the post-punk ruckus that brought them together. Their new EP, 'Other Side of the Fence', c...view item »


bis
Data Panik Etcetera

I am frankly just a little bit disappointed that this is not a record by the Japanese Idol-Pop group of the same name… Instead, what you get on data Panik etcetera is a trio of Scots making new-wavish punky indie-pop! This is the first new bis material since 2003, so something of a momentous release. On Do Yourse...view item »


Glass Ghost
Lyfe

Indie pop band Glass Ghost is host to singer and master of the keyboards Eliot Krimsky and drummer Mike Johnson, who made their new record 'Lyfe' with a sprinkling of indie rock royalty: from Sharon Van Etten to members of Here We Go Magic. Glass Ghost's idiosyncratic take on indie and synth pop styles -- throw in some harp for good measure -- m...view item »
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Music Go Music
Impressions

A colourful synth-pop outfit who love to dress up in extravagant costumes and have probably watched a lot of ABBA live DVDs, Music Go Music are releasing their second ever record, 'Impressions', titled with a wink towards its predecessor, 'Expressions'. It's a record by a band that wants the word disco to mean something again, and an unabashed t...view item »


Superstring
Coconuts

Manchester dance act Superstring, with their love of cowbell, robotised vocals and all things outer space, have released 'Coconuts' to coincide with this year's Cassette Store Day. The tape features six tracks of Trekkie-vibes synth-pop. Superstring sound kind of like like if a band took a module in krautrock and were told off by their tutor for...view item »


My Brightest Diamond
This Is My Hand

'This Is My Hand' is the fifth record by indie folk songwriter Shara Worden under her My Brightest Diamond alias, released on Sufjan Steven's Asthmatic Kitty label. Worden's booming voice is complemented by an array of percussion and theatrical synth and what has been described as "huge production", suggesting a less folk directe...view item »


Lia Ices
Ices

Bit of slick and breathy alt-soulpop business here from Lia Ices, who was in the process of a "gradual move" from New York to California during the period of time in which this record was conceived and recorded. Consequently these are songs written in California and produced by Clams Casino in Brooklyn with voc...view item »


Ashrae Fax
Never Really Been Into It

One for all you fans of gothy ethereal 80's referencing music that in another world would have emerged on 4AD with a Vaughan Oliver sleeve. This is a duo from North Carolina who use the regulation drum machine, affected guitars, wobbly bass and octave leaping vocal delivery of the Cocteau Twins. Its a little bit more straightforward than the Coc...view item »


The Enemy
Dancing All Night

'Dancing All Night' is a singles collection from Coventry indie rock band The Enemy, collecting songs from their three-album strong discography. It also features B-sides curated by the band itself, as well as previously unheard demos from before the release of debut 'We'll Live and Die in These Towns'. ...view item »


Flowers
Do What You Want To, Its What You Should Do

Flowers are a trio from London who make sparse and often noisy songs that usually follow the golden twee pop rule: a song over three minutes is a song too long. Fronted by Rachel Kenedy's vocals -- which resemble the belted and intentioned performance of London Grammar's Hannah Reid -- Flowers' debut record mixes un...view item »


Oldmate
It Is What It Is

Melbourne based Oldmate was initially the solo project of Pat Telfer from Australian band Bitch Prefect (what a name) but has since progressed into a band of 7-10 strong musicians including members of Wireheads and Peak Twins. Still predominantly led by Telfer, ‘It Is What It Is’ is Oldmate’s debut LP, and continues in the same...view item »
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Kasabian
48:13

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Castanets
Decimation Blues

'Decimation Blues' is the work of Raymond Raposa, an alt-country styled, New Weird America-influenced, crackly-voiced musician who makes off-kilter music under the name Castanets and releases it on Sufjan Stevens' Asthmatic Kitty label -- Sufjan himself is a fan, having covered Raposa's "You Are The Blood" for 4AD's famous 'Dark Was The Night' c...view item »


The Kooks
Listen

Hoping that maybe you will and wishing someone would, the Kooks have named their fourth record -- their first in three years -- 'Listen'. Britpop dudes with questionable and possibly made-up accents, the Kooks return with an interest in making their sound shinier and less indie rock: frontman Pritchard decided to enlist Soundcloud producer and h...view item »


M83
M83

M83 is the debut studio album by M83, recorded in 2000 and originally on Mute in 2005. Produced by both M83 and Morgan Daguenet, the album is predominately instrumental, with dialogue samples from various films and television programs appearing across the songs. The track titles, if read sequentially, form a short story....view item »


Lemonade
Minus Tide

Lemonade bring their glitchy electronic pop back home with their third record, 'Minus Tide'. It boasts a predominantly percussive sound and also brings the band's production values to the forefront. Autumnal chillwave vibes for all....view item »
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The Butterflies Of Love
The New Patient

Next up is Butterflies of Love who a lot of people seem to like. Its pleasant pop music in a Go-Betweens/Miracle Legion style. It has plenty of jangling guitars buzzing about and bits of organ and tunes that won't give too much offence to anyone. The New Patient is on LP and CD...view item »


FAMY
We Fam Econo

FAMY make huge, soundscaped pop music that wants the all caps HEAVY POP genre tag Wu Lyf took up. Their latest record, 'We Fam Econo', utilises a range of instruments -- from blasts of organ to soft uke strumming - that ornament their strong guitar melodies. 'We Fam Econo' promises to be widescreen indie rock for a band with lofty ambitions....view item »


Ballet School
The Dew Lasts An Hour

Ballet School don't actually have all that much to do with ballet, but their music is as terrifically melodramatic, with huge vocal performances supplanted into a backdrop of sparkling 80s synth-pop. 'The Dew Lasts an Hour' sounds like if Purity Ring were more straight-forward, and has hints of a less morose Chromatics too. Bella Union have rele...view item »


Merchandise
After The End

I've not heard of Merchandise before but here they are with their third album. Its been mixed by Gareth Jones who produced Depeche Mode's 'Berlin Trilogy' of albums. Everyone has a Berlin trilogy these days. Anyway Merchandise are a typically moody lot. From the little I've heard I'm thinking of Interpol, early Killers and the like. The singer i...view item »


Inspiral Carpets
Spitfire

Well wouldn't you know it, The Inspiral Carpets are back. Now with original singer Stephen Holt in tow replacing the departed Tom Hingley, “Spitfire” is the first single to be released from their new LP which like many records by returning bands is eponymously titled. Can it be any good? Well we've not heard soundclips yet so the jur...view item »


The Posies
Failure

Here is a nice re-issue of The Posies’ 1988 debut. It was originally released on cassette back in 1988, later to appear on vinyl and then CD. this vinyl re-issue contains 8 bonus tracks on a doanload card. There's also a booklet including press clippings and essays from the band. A nice package for what was a landmark album, the duo perfor...view item »


Magic Wands
Warrior (The xx Remix)

Who are these? No Idea but there’s a The XX mix on the B side so there’s obviously a bit of clout behind them. The B side (which is the original track hence I’m doing it first) is a nice piece of rinky- dink synth pop somewhere between Ladytron and ...view item »
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Various
Marshall Teller presents... Broken Record Label Sampler Vol. 1

Marshall Teller, the practically one-person and exceedingly DIY record label, is using 'Broken Record Label Sampler Vol. 1' to show off sounds from the History of Apple Pie (with some Cribs backing them), a remix of The Vaccines, Great Ytene doing a cover of Orange Juice, and many other artists, all offering up new and previously ...view item »
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The Tango Saloon
Don’t Close Your Eyes

The Tango Saloon are a tango band who have fixed the genre tag 'spaghetti western' on themselves, which is pretty cool. 'Don't Close Your Eyes' is a new 7" comprising of a single from their upcoming record. It's an all Australian affair, this one, featuring the vocals of singer Elana Stone, who gives the synth -pop tune its high-noon drama....view item »


Florence And The Machine
Lungs

I wasn't sure what to expect when listening to this album. Florence and the Machine has a unique sound that helps guide quality female artists of our time. The songs all have a certain ambience about them which gives the group a very unique sound. This is a great mix of lyrically intelligent and upbeat songs that are great for the drive to work,...view item »


Dry The River
Alarms in the Heart

The press release says "For fans of Mumford & Sons, Dog Is Dead and Stornaway". Oh, Phil, why do you let this stuff in our office? Apparently I'm the office Dry The River expert because I saw them by accident once at a festi...view item »


Mimicking Birds
Eons

Introspective rustic acoustic pop with electronic embellishment from a man known as Nate Lacy, along with his two cohorts Aaron and Adam. No they're not a Christian sect (I don't think). This is an album of restrianed, organic pop, appealing lyricism and subtle contemporary touches and the vinyl carries a download card....view item »


Mozart's Sister
Being

Mozart's Sister is the moniker of gleeful synth pop songwriter Caila Thompson-Hannant, who's been active making EPs for three years now. Last year, she released 'Hello', a 12" EP with four sparkling, slightly debased tracks which showed off her various musical personalities: from the smirking groove of "Contentedness" to the super melodramatic p...view item »


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