Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Arctic Monkeys
AM

I have to admit (I'm embarrassed by this) I couldn't work out why Arctic Monkeys called their fifth album AM. Arctic Monkeys. No still don't get it. Anyway after a couple of mixed quality albums where they grew their hairs out and recorded in America, the Sheffield four piece returned with a vengeance on perhaps their most commercially successful album to date. It blended their sound with elements of hard rock, hip-hop and soul and contained several songs that have become concert staples. Barely anything on it suggested where they were headed next but this could almost be seen as Arctic Monkeys Party album before the Pet Sounds of Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino.  

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 -- or repressed -- of heart.
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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 The Human League and textures akin to that of Dan Avery or Caribou. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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" single, Different Angle', is dedicated to the audio-visual triumphs of that place that's just a little cooler than Yorkshire: Scotland.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 diversions into funk, vaporwave and folk). His newest work is called 'Black Metal', but continues to mix, match and create new sounds that feel both detached and intimate. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 most naive and juvenile of approaches.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 Smith) and the material got a collective reworking. Apart from single 'Needle's Eye' being independently released in 1999, the remainder of their recordings were left pretty much untouched, unreleased and subsequently unheard. This 2 CD set contains all of the originally intended album (CD1) a long with bonus material (CD2) so they can finally get the attention they deserve. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 extends it and sustains it into a gruesome acid jam, 'til there's nothing left. 

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 either supremely pastoral -- up in the trees, looking out windows -- or bitterly political. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 and electronica, but most important are its personal themes and expressions. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 rare or new: here's to the future of Bedroom Suck! 

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 verse/chorus changeovers.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Of Montreal
Lousy with Sylvianbriar

The somethingth album from the Athens, Ga lot is, despite its title, a generally straightforward affair full of 70's style country rock inflections that may leave fans of their early all-over-the-shop meanderings wondering what has happened. Possibly the point where their penchant for eccentric stagewear was deemed more important than their music but still, delve deem into the latter stages of the record and there's plenty of neat Love like songsmithery and Kinksy melodies to keep interest up. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 vocal spots. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 that you have been listening to Hablmos De Nosotros from Oviformia Sci. If one were to blend the 'werk, Devo and some 80's Spanish pop, Oviformia would be said blend. Out on CD and vinyl from Elefant.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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!
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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. Weird sentences aside, though, it's one of those Sheffield indie rock bands -- you know where to put your trust.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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

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 recall. Something by Squeeze maybe. It then has a Beatlesy middle eight. He has no ideas of his own but who does these days? By the 17 millionthtime round the chorus is quite catchy. Anyway he's already wone Zane Lowes Hottest Record in the World accolade so this will probably be popular. On CD and vinyl. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 the art department at Kit Records.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 keyboards and throwing in trumpets. Now Suicide Squeeze reissues 'How I Learned To Write Backwards', originally released in 2002, before their breakup.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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. Frederick says it's "a distillation of 20 years of thinking about music and the kind of record I wanted to make", and optimistically-titled second single 'Number One Record' has been in rotation on Lamacq.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 vibes.    Tracks: World Restart (feat. Kelela & Ade) This Is Not About Us I'll Be Back Who Do You Love? (feat. Robyn) 8Th Wonder (feat. M.anifest) With You (feat. Kelela) Geneva For The Young Why Don't You Love Me (feat Devonté Hynes & Tawiah) It'll Be Ok
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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. 'Doubt' is nothing if not catchy, starting a little embarrassing dad goes techno, it soon reveals itself via a very catchy chorus. What we're thinking we're going to get here is highly scrubbed danceable pop with dark overtones. And why not? 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Peaking Lights
Lucifer

Peaking Lights breakthrough 936 was a dubby treat just ready for that lo-fi dancefloor. Follow up Lucifer was more of the same but a little smoother and with some of the rough edges hacked off. Their sound was as blissful as ever though and like many married-couple-with-children bands, their young son provides vocals on this. Truly a family affair. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Peaking Lights
Cosmic Logic

The lush dub pop of Peaking Lights returns for another round with the dutifully titled 'Cosmic Logic', offering up more squeaky electronics, flat-lining beats and eerie good times. They last appeared with 'Lucifer', but 'Entity' makes the synth pop more overt, keeping the minimalist approach but upping the playfulness. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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-filled melodies, and psychedelic experimentalism. The album is a compilation from across The Clean’s legendary career, which began in 1981 and continues today. Merge originally released the 2-CD Anthology in 2003, but in celebration of our 25th anniversary, we felt the time was right to release this essential collection on quadruple LP.

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-whistle vocals and the same full-bodied arrangements found on 'Versions' (or your average Lykke Li record). 'Taiga' sees Danilova shift from Sacred Bones, the gloomy post-punk label on which most of records have been released, to Mute.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 once played in indie pop outfit Kings of Convenience, and 'Legao' brings back all their hallmarks, including a hefty amount of swirling keys. Recommended for fans of Scandinavian indie pop like Jens Lekman.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 revivalists with a penchant for slow and sneaky melodies.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 Wonder synths it culminates in something that is like a kind of jazzy take on the dancefloor friendly electronic music of Caribou.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 rock band of choice. It's young person shoegaze, and it was mastered by Shellac bassist Bob Weston.   Tracks: How You Remember Months Like Years I Would Take You Over Me Melancholy Uncommitted Crimes The Archive Pain Lines Auster Sleeper Interiors Cycles

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 beats on "Barbara". Like all good Americana-tinged records, there is a reprise.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 and the triangle on the title track was laid down in Swanage.  The album is full of delicately textured production, twinkling nuances and shifting chords. A relaxing and invigorating record Sadier has carried on along the path of her parent band but brings a warmth and intimacy to her solo recordings. Bound to be popular this one.   
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 Intro Arrival in Nara Nara Every Other Freckle Left Hand Free ❦ (Garden of England) Choice Kingdom Hunger Of The Pine Warm Foothills The Gospel of John Hurt Pusher Bloodflood pt.II Leaving Nara
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 pieces is a journey through flooded urban landscapes meeting - amongst others - greater horseshoe bats, gnostic sailors, deranged PR executives, economists, UFO watchers, northern soul aficionados, and gentle astronomers. All ending at a full-moon lit shindig with a soundtrack of crackling sinister guitars, echoed vocals, and shamanic-like drumming. Guild Hall features a guest vocal appearance from Red Lorry Yellow Lorry kingpin Chris Reed on the cosmic and critical paean Frames, with Futurists PLC members Wayne Bennett and Nog Cavanagh adding loud and funky guitar and bass respectively to the garage psych stomp of Luminar, plus David Higginson – from avant garde doyens The A Band - adding analogue synth magic to the crashing and hallucinatory realm of The Invisible Man. The 23 minute Guild Hall was recorded and mixed by Canning and mastered by Matt Peel at Cottage Road Studios in Headingley, North Leeds. Peel is also responsible for engineering and producing the new album ‘Blood’ by Leeds band Pulled Apart by Horses.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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', continues to honour this attention to detail. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 Yourself In.
  • Artist(s):
  • bis
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 tribute to the corniest dance music -- proof it doesn't just have to exist as a joke from the 80s.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 not taking it seriously. Motorik for the underachievers. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 directed sound.    Tracks: Pressure Before The Words This Is My Hand Lover Killer I Am Not The Bad Guy Looking At The Sun Shape So Easy Resonance Apparition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Honeyblood
Honeyblood

Glasgow two-piece Honeyblood announce the release of their eponymous, debut LP. Recorded at legendary producer Peter Katis' Tarquin Studios (The National, Interpol) in just ten days last November, 'Honeyblood' is an accomplished and delightfully fierce record. "Peter was the perfect match for us," singer/guitarist Stina Tweeddale said of the recording. "He perfectly managed to capture our live performance in the studio." From the urgent guitar and dive-bomb drums of opener 'Fall Forever', the album twists through the gutsy punk of 'Killer Bangs', to reveal discordant anthems like 'Super Rat'. It has pared down alt pop gems in the likes of 'Biro' and 'No Spare Key', but also more country/folk influenced moments like, '(I'd Rather Be) Anywhere But Here', 'Braid Burn Valley' and 'Bud'. The band started from humble DIY beginnings, organising their own guerrilla show at The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow to commemorate the release of a raucous two-track cassette entitled, 'Thrift Shop'. Honeyblood quickly ingrained themselves into the bustling Glaswegian scene, fast becoming one of its most talked-about names and going on to play festivals everywhere from The Great Escape to their native T In The Park. But with their full-length debut ready to go, big name supports, and world tours locked, 2014 certainly looks to be the year with Honeyblood's name written all over it.

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 understated, melancholic guitar pop with the grand climaxes expected of a band who claim to be inspired by Madonna.   Tracks: Young Forget The Fall Drag Me Down Worn Out Shoes Lonely Joanna If I Tell You Comfort I Love You All Over Again Anna Be With You Plastic Jane Stuck
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 melancholy and discordant vein as earlier material, summoning the spirit of Syd Barrett and Lou Reed, while also recalling Beat Happening circa 1991, not to mention a slightly distinct likeness to their fellow Aussie natives The Go Betweens. Sounds good to me! 
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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 lo-fi sensibility as evidenced on their previous two efforts. With the help of Parquet Courts' producer Jonathan Schenke, 'Wooden Aquarium' is probably their most accomplished record to date. 

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' compilation. This new record is a more distinctly pop effort from Raposa, taking on the bleepiest keyboard sounds and the sunniest choruses. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 hip-hop artist Inflo for the record, so there are certifiable beats on this record. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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.
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  • M83
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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.
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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.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 released "Cherish" from the record, which is full of vocal show-boating and marching indie rock drums. Let's get loud. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lanterns On The Lake
Until The Colours Run

Until The Colours Run was the second full length album by geordie five piece Lanterns On The Lake. It supersized their folk-influenced take on post-rock with a broader sound palette and Sigur Ros-like emotional landscapes. Its lead track Another Tale From Another English Town is one of the decades finest  - a rainy postcard-sized slab of British drizzly melancholy that exemplifies all that is good about this band. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 performed a very straight down the line brand of catchy power pop with nods towards The Hollies, Marshall Crenshaw and Elvis Costello. Yet they had really, really long hair. Later on they became integral members of the reformed Big Star but this is where it all started.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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. On the flip there's the b-side "Dance Of The Ivory Stiletto". Pretty Sergio Leone, guys. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 Cocteau's but uses all their tricks to make some really ecovative music. This is their first new record in 10 years following a successful re-issue of their overlooked at the time 2003 release 'Static Crash' For fans of: Lush, Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, The Cure
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 is wearing a nice shade of lipstick  - it really suits him. Anyway here, they've been joined by extra members. Chris Horn does what his name suggests and plays sax as well as other things. According to what is written in the NME this is a much more pop based album than previous efforts. They are sick of faffing about with arty stuff and are now coming for your dollar.  The initial LP pressing will be on green vinyl you know. 
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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. 'Brill Bruisers' features in-house production by Newman and bassist John Collin. The record is available through Matador and pre-orders feature a 3D poster with the glasses to boot.    Tracks: Brill Bruisers Champions of Red Wine Fantasy Fools War on the East Coast Backstairs Marching Orders Another Drug Deal of the Heart Born with a Sound Wide Eyes Dancehall Domine Spidyr Hi-Rise You Tell Me Where
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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 pop of "Single Status". 'Being' is her debut record. Thompson-Hannant cites Daft Punk and Bjork as major influences over these songs and their disjointed pop hooks. Sufjan Stevens' label, Asthmatic Kitty, releases this one, because of course. The synth is very bright indeed.   Tracks: Good Thing Bad Thing Enjoy Faif Lone Wolf A Move Bow A Kiss Salty Tear Do It To Myself (Run Run) Don’t Leave It To Me My House Is Wild Chained Together
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Jazzateers
Don't Let Your Son Grow Up To Be A Cowboy

'Don't Let Your Son Grow Up To Be A Cowboy' brings together early work by the underground New Wave outfit Jazzateers, a session that was recorded for Postcard Records but had all but been forgotten by time. "Wasted" is a throughline to the emergent indie rock of the time, intended to be the very last single Postcard Records would put out, and produced by the renowned Edwyn Collins, of Orange Juice fame. 'Don't Let Your Son Grow Up To Be A Cowboy' often shows off Jazzateers at their rawest and most immediate.    Tracks: Natural Progression Part 1 Don't Worry About A Thing Say Goodbye I'm No Tarzan When The Novelty Wears Off Can It Be Moon Over Hawaii Wasted Stop Me From Being Alone Love Is Around Run Away Don't Let Your Son Grow Up To Be A Cowboy Hey Mister Different Feeling Lee Can It Be Moon Over Hawaii Natural Progression Part 2
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Literature
Chorus

Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, Literature construct classic breezy intelligent indie/jangle pop with a sweetly fey demeanour. Aimed squarely at fans of the Field Mice, Orange Juice, McCarthy and The Smiths, this album comes over as classic-sounding Slumberland fare with hearty nods to the glory days of the late 80's 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Embrace
Embrace

Embrace return after seven years with their eponymous 6th album. The band disappeared after the unprecedented success of two number one albums, Out Of Nothing and This New Day, returning to their hometown near Huddersfield to reconnect with their roots. Embrace still has all the trademarks of the band that recorded The Good Will Out, but is perhaps a little more grown up. Embrace is available on double vinyl LP and CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Free Fall Band
The Münster Sights

The Free Fall Band hail from a small village north of Barcelona and their music is imbued with the vibrancy of youth that they exude from every pore. Their music is a fresh and melodic as they are youthful, citing influences such as The Beatles, The Shins, The Zombies and Jonathan Richman. The Munster Sights is available on vinyl LP and CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
  • Artist(s):
  • JJ
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Courteeners
Concrete Love

Here is a new album by The Courteeners. Big in Manchester aren't they? But not many other places. Just taken a listen and its not as lad rock as I expected. Pretty tuneful laid back and pretty indie-rock. They are on sunday brunch on channel 4 so find out for yourselves. Just played another track and its brasher and a bit Interpol-y. Deluxe CD comes with bonus CD of a live concert.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Latimer House
All The Rage

Described by Gary Crowley as “something rather ace sounding” when he first played This Is Pop on Amazing Radio, the opening track on All The Rage, the debut album from Latimer House, sets the tone for this collection of guitar-driven pop. From the earthy string arrangements on Burn, the dreamy reverberation of Your Love, the keyboard groove of Love’s Undermined, or the summer harmonies of Splash!, Latimer House blend keyboards and guitars with a depth of instrumentation that reveal subtleties and a rare attention to detail. Reviewers have conjured a diverse and, for the band, rather bemusing-cum-flattering range of references: Syd Barrett, The Wake, David Bowie, The Cribbs, Ian Dury, Phoenix, Iggy Pop, Art Brut, The Smiths, The Psychedelic Furs, Chas & Dave, The June Brides, The Beatles, REM, Half Man Half Biscuit, The Kinks, Pulp, Talking Heads, I Ludicrous and “any John Peel favourite from the late 1970s onwards” have all been pressed into descriptive service. Indeed, such is the cornucopia of ideas, word-play and melodies contained on All The Rage that pigeon-holing this first collection from Latimer House as ‘Alternative’ or ‘Brit Pop’ or ‘Alt-Rock’ or ‘Indie’ wouldn’t be quite right, but then again any of these terms wouldn’t be a million miles away either. Latimer House describe their music simply as guitar-driven. And their disdain for The X Factor and fascination with the idea of the hit parade come together in the album’s final cut, the baroque and sneering psych of Bubblegum.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

David Myhr
Soundshine

David Myhr and his tongue-in-cheek power pop first found a home with Swedish act the Merrymakers, and he went on to release his solo record 'Soundshine' in 2012; it's now getting a vinyl reissue. Full of the kind of stuff that makes Swedish twee pop what it is -- simple choruses, quirky sprinklings of synth and crystal clear guitar -- Myhr is joined by native pop heroes Peter Morén and Andreas Dahlbäck.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Boy Names
Instant Ambition

Boy Names are a trio based in Brixton who make upbeat, good vibes indie pop informed by the 80s, RnB and soul, with a little bit of twee on top for good measure: "Instant Ambition" is all about the hooks and silly vocals. This single is being released in the form of a cassette tape, and comes with a download code.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Real Estate
Days

Real Estate have jangled far and wide, at this point, but Martin Courtney's band of dulcet soft rockers were in their early osmosis on Days, where they started honing their craft with close and co-dependent guitars playing out gorgeously anonymous songs of summer. Listening to Days is something like walking down an empty cul-de-sac under a late night sun.
  • Vinyl LP (WIGLP275)
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  • Last copy

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

The Rosebuds
Sand + Silence

After recording some initial demos in North Carolina, The Rosebuds headed to Eau Claire, Wisconsin to record with their old friend and former band member Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). Their comfort and connection with Vernon allowed them to stretch their creative limbs, as Vernon gently teased out some of the band's most stellar musical performances to date. With longtime collaborators Matt McCaughan on drums and BJ Burton co-producing and mixing the album, the band was able to quickly zero in on the dynamics and textures they wanted, while still feeling free to experiment with new styles and production ideas. The resulting songs are punchier, more confident, and more hook-laden than anything the band has produced before, without diluting the emotional foundation that defines the band. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Bear In Heaven
Time Is Over One Day Old

Bear In Heaven’s new album is aptly titled ‘Time Is Over One Day Old’. It’s a record with a visceral relationship to time and its processes. Where invulnerability and ambition can support you as you grow, at some point they become dead weight and being true to yourself means casting them off, starting anew. This plays out as a powerful analogy for the band across the arc of their career. They’ve always made intriguing records, here especially. It’s easy to see why musicians fall hard for this band. They entice and envelop you. Any ‘Bear In Heaven’ song will most likely greet you with a provocative beat, textural synthesizers and unassuming but adeptly supportive bass and guitar, all exquisitely arranged and glistening. Jon Philpot’s high, smooth, strong voice is so tightly wound into the music that it can be easy to overlook the lyrics, Bear In Heaven’s capacious third dimension. Philpot is a centre seeking, contemplative writer who captures the fleeting thoughts that underscore our emotional lives, the interactions with the world that are both difficult to express and anathema in daily conversation. Here Philpot and partner Adam Wills are more deeply collaborative than ever. This album is darker at times, louder than their others; it feels personal and direct. ‘If I Were To Lie’ places Wills’ bass groove front and centre, ‘Demon’ is riveting and propulsive in spite of its dark pointed lyric and ‘They Dream’ dissolves into three and a half minutes of deeply satisfying ambient synth work in its second half. Wills has always been the band’s anchor, providing rock solid, rhythmic bass lines and guitars that blur the boundaries of Philpot’s synth. Though in moments such as the final track ‘You Don’t Need The World’ Wills cuts through with an audacious, biting guitar hook. It’s a great culmination of the album’s sense of release. This album isn’t about being dark, it’s about releasing darkness and frustration.

Woman’s Hour
Conversations

Woman's Hour are not your average band. The first clue comes in the name of the London-based swoon-pop four-piece, taken from a beloved female-focussed news and culture show on BBC Radio 4. The second is in their graphic, striking monochrome visuals, meticulously curated in collaboration with TATE and MOMA certified fine artists Oliver Chanarin and Adam Broomberg. These play with shape and texture, much like their powerful, iridescent music. On their excellent debut album 'Conversations', this has the intricate construction and intimacy of The xx and the iridescent shimmer of summer-defining indie pop. Pay attention now, or regret it later.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Sam De La rosa
Chameleon

"Sam De La Rosa makes his solo debut on Burka For Everybody. In his last album, Sam De la Rosa, known for being Led Er Est´s lead singer, features a sound that resonates with sci-fi soundtracks and, by means of structure, depicts an aural yet lethargic ascension to outer space. His obscure and rusty pop songs, incorporating sounds coming into contact with oxygen tempered by folk forms, develop like roots that break up solitary urban concrete that looks back at abandoned geodesic domes." 
  • Vinyl 12" (BFE 022)
  • £14.99 £7.50 (saving: £7.49)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

One Happy Island
Your Flaws Aren't Picturesque

One Happy Island is the sound of friends having fun! Brad, Shannon and Meghan recorded this latest album in front of an intimate audience at Armory Sound in Somerville, Massachusetts. The recording is crisp and completely captures their sense of infectious energy and musical aspirations. Although undeniably twee and sporting a cultivated lo-fi sound, there are myriad influences thrown in their musical blender - a little bit of rock n roll, a whole lot of bluegrass and a traditional American folk sound, ala The Carter Family, all mixed together with an effortless glee. 
  • Vinyl LP (POP!056)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Technology + Teamwork
Small Victory


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

Luluc
Passerby

In a world where instant gratification is the norm, patience has become a rare commodity. For Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett, who make up indie-folk duo Luluc (pronounced Loo-LUKE), letting things unfold in due time not only defines their career trajectory, it also works as a pretty good description of their approach to making music. Music that Sub Pop co-founder Jonathan Poneman describes as “bracing, subtle, tender and magnificent.” So while it may seem like Randell and Hassett’s history is littered with all kinds of good luck - from their initial meeting to their relationship with The National’s Aaron Dessner to opening slots with artists like Lucinda Williams, Fleet Foxes and José Gonzàlez; to their deal with Sub Pop; to grabbing the attention of Nick Drake’s producer - being in the right place at the right time isn’t just about fate. It’s about knowing when something feels right and having the confidence that people will respond when they’re ready. There’s no question that everything these Australians (who split their time between Melbourne and their adopted hometown of Brooklyn) have done in their lives has been leading up to this summer’s ‘Passerby’, their second album overall and first available worldwide.  Co-produced by the band and Dessner, ‘Passerby’ shows off all of Luluc’s best qualities, retaining the gentle beauty of the duo’s debut while adding textures built with a cadre of impressive players. It’s the trophy celebrating Luluc’s airtight case that good things really do come to those who wait. The wait is over. The world is ready to hear Luluc quiet and clear. The LP includes MP3 coupon. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Gulp
Season Sun

Debut album by the new band formed by Super Furry Animals’ Guto Pryce and his wife Lindsey Leven. Folky female vocals atop ’60s-influenced psych-pop and motorik synth-prog. Like a shinier Stereolab or a more bucolic Broadcast, ‘Seasoned Sun’ also features contributions from fellow Super Furry Animals Cian Ciaran and Dafydd Ieuan and ex-Race Horses drummer Gwion Llewelyn.

Anna Calvi
Strange Weather

Produced by Thomas Bartlett (The National, Antony & The Johnsons, Sam Amidon) and recorded in New York, this mini album features covers of tracks by Suicide, David Bowie, FKA twigs and Connan Mockasin, as well as a stunning collaboration with David Byrne on the title track, a cover of Keren Ann’s ‘Strange Weather’. The cover of Suicide’s Ghost Rider was recorded with drummer Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley) and Nico Muhly contributes string arrangements to the opener, a deconstructed organic reworking of FKA twigs’ ‘Papi Pacify’.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Forest & The Trees
Missions

Hailing from Stockholm, couple Linnea and Joel Edin, aka The Forest & The Trees are a striking addition to the canon of quintessential bittersweet indie-pop to emerge from Sweden in recent years. Creating delicately crafted songs, their work showcases a talent for combining playful melodies with the perfectly balanced harmonies of their vocals. Drawing on the music they listened to as teenagers, bands like Popsicle, The Cardigans and The Cocteau Twins, has driven their sound to develop precision, while retaining a balance of the carefree and complex. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Eagleowl
This Silent Year

Scottish lo-fi folksters back with an album that's been two years in the making- a fact reflected in the depth and expansive reach of the band's sound that has grown to incorporate elegantly arranged strings and harmonium in addition to the more ubiquitous guitar, organ and drums. All these elements gently carry the melancholy themes of loss that reoccur along with more lighter moments to keep things from gettin too maudlin.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Melted Toys
Melted Toys


  • Vinyl LP (UPLP025LP)
  • £15.99 £8.00 (saving: £7.99)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Devon Williams
Gilding The Lily


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