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Kishi Bashi
Omoiyari

Kishi Bashi was previously a member of bands Jupiter One and Of Montreal. Omoiyari is his fourth solo album. Bashi, as the son of Japanese immigrants, has been feeling insecure since Trump took office with talk of walls and all that, bringing back feelings of how Japanese Americans were treated after WWII. On Joyful Noise.
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Happy Meals
Fruit Juice

Fruit Juice is a shimmering record of fun-time synth-pop bounce, from Glasgow pop duo Happy  Meals. As well as making the music, the band have also been busily working away on making the actual physical albums: the whole edition of 500 LPs have been hand-painted in a rich marbled style by Happy Meals themselves.
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The Zephyrs
The Witches / The Crown Prince of Lies

Edinburgh indie-rock mainstays The Zephyrs return to the fray after almost a decade out of action. The band’s first new material since 2010 LP Fool Of Regrets sees them back on Acuarela Discos (Tigercats, The Wave Pictures) for a two-track single. Both ‘The Witches’ and ‘The Crown Prince Of Lies’ are slow-mo strums in the great Scottish tradition of Grandaddy, Camera Obscura et al. We encourage you to fly away on their zephyr.
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  • RCA
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Depeche Mode
Exciter

Depeche Mode were best when they synergised their bleak experimental depths with excitable pop hooks, and Exciter is a prime example of both aspects of their sound coalescing, producer Mark Bell ensuring the two were balanced to make a slight but dramatic work. It's full of the same twilit and lovesick brooding that made the synth-pop outfit so fashionable.
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Saint Etienne
Home Counties

Finally not an album about London from the veteran pop charmers as they pay tribute to the Home Counties where they grew up. This is a song suite about that area of the UK that spawned Depeche Mode, the Prodigy and Sutton United. Constantly finding new ways of keeping their electro-pop fresh, Saint Etienne are a true British institution. We are lucky to have them.    
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Sarah Cracknell
Take The Silver

Take The Silver is the second single from Sarah Cracknell’s Red Kite album. Take The Silver draws its influence from ‘60s pop, similar to her band Saint Etienne, but without the dance influence. The limited edition 7” is backed with the exclusive cut Sleepytown. Packaged in a die-cut sleeve with a unique postcard.
  • Vinyl 7" (CHERRY517)
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  • Indies-only
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All We Are & Alex Kapranos
Heart Attack

Dan Carey gets together with some old friends for his new Speedy Wunderground release. The latest 7” in a series that has also included records from Warmduscher, Melt Yourself Down and Kate Tempest pairs Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos with Scouse trio All We Are. Carey has produced music for both parties before, and it sounds like everyone had a lovely old time when making the louche, rubbery disco-punk jam ‘Heart Attack’.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

AURORA
A Different Kind Of Human - Step 2

Genre-spanning, world-conquering Norweigan pop artist AURORA is releasing her third album, A Different Kind of Human - Step 2. Following a bizarre change of scenery (moving from a French chateau to a tiny box room - WHY?!), this album sees AURORA focusing on current ecological and social crises framed within what she calls 'a more explosive and noisy album'. 
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Lust For Youth
Lust For Youth

The insatiable Lust For Youth attempt to quench their thirst for young blood once more with a new eponymous LP. This is a gloriously evocative set of synth-pop from the Danish duo, one that invokes the very best of the genre’s 80’s heyday. Tears For Fears, Depeche Mode and Pet Shop Boys are all brought to mind by Lust For Youth’s louche, Gothic electro-pop ditties.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Jackie Cohen
Zagg

Currently on tour in the States with Weyes Blood and with this debut album already available digitally, Zagg arrives on vinyl and CD. Produced with her husband Jonathan Rado (of Foxygen), it sees L.A.-based songwriter Jackie Cohen follow up her duology of acclaimed Tacoma Night Terror EPs with more of her compelling inner monologues. 
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Prince
Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic

Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic on purple vinyl? It’s what the Prince formerly known as The Artist (and known at the time of this particular release as the unpronounceable ‘Love Symbol #2’) would’ve wanted. Originally released in 1999, this one enlists the collaborative talents of Sheryl Crow, Ani DiFranco, Eve, Chuck D and Gwen Stefani.
  • Vinyl Double LP (19075913981)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Various
Twenty Years Of Moshi Moshi

It only takes a glance at the tracklisting for this 3xLP compilation to realise just how many great careers that Moshi Moshi has helped to launch over its 20-year existence. Contains early cuts from veterans like Friendly Fires, Florence + The Machine and Hot Chip to more cult concerns such as Lykke Li, The Drums and Late Of The Pier. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Cigarettes After Sex
EP I

Cigarettes After Sex are gearing themselves up for the release of their debut full-length album this year, and what better way to prepare than by reassessing older material? EP 1 was originally released in 2012, setting the tone for the band’s lusciously dark ambient pop sound. Reissued on vinyl, CD and cassette tape by the Spanish Prayers label.

Wovoka Gentle
Start Clanging Cymbals

Wovoko Gentle are an odd proposition, meshing rustic twang with wildly manipulating electronics, both clashed against one another with a sly and comical type of political critique. It’s an odd sound to get your head around, fusing approached which on paper seem entirely incompatible. ‘Start Clanging Cymbals’ comes to us via the Nude label.

Various
C87

Cherry Red dive back into the 80’s for this imagined follow-up to that legendary NME C86 compilation: the comp that launched a thousand indie bands. Everything on C87’s three discs was recorded in 1986 or 1987, so the tracklisting is ‘realistic’, not to mention stuffed to the brim with wonder: The Vaselines, Pop Will Eat Itself, Dog Faced Hermans… 3CD box-set on Cherry Red.

Carla dal Forno
So Much Better

Australian singer/songwriter Carla dal Forno makes spooky, spacious music with a voice reminiscent of Nico. Following her atmospheric masterpiece You Know What It’s Like on Blackest Ever Black in 2016 she has released a couple of EPs. Now she has set up her own label, Kallista, for a new 7”, So Much Better. 
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HOO
Centipede Wisdom

HOO (standing for Holton’s Opulent Oog) is an intriguing collaboration between Nick Holton, songwriter with Black Hearted Brother, and former Slowdive member Ian McCutcheon. Their first album Centipede Wisdom offers droning guitars and swirling synth textures framed in fluid, freeform structures. 

Naytronix
Air

Naytronix is the recording moniker of Nate Brenner, also the bassist of perennial indie favourites Tune-Yards. Air is Brenner’s third studio effort, formed from hundreds of musical sketches laid down during recording breaks from other projects and brought to life in collaboration with loads of other San Fran-based musicians. 
  • Vinyl LP (BOTCAVE01)
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Yohuna
Mirroring

fear of missing out records (Basement Revolver, Dog In The Snow) are the host body for Yohuna’s sophomore LP. The NYC singer-songwriter comes through with a dreamy set of bedroom indie tunes on Mirroring. Highlights such as Mirroring’s title track blend the lilting pop of Frankie Cosmos, Yuck’s melodious post-grunge and the cerebral thrills of Toro Y Moi to great effect.
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The Divine Comedy
Office Politics

Ever the master of wry observation and pat humour about everyday life, even as he approaches the fourth decade of his career, veteran songwriter Neil Hannon rolls out the 12th the Divine Comedy album, Office Politics. This time, however, Hannon is apparently changing up the chamber-pop formula by introducing synthesisers… stay tuned! 
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Pixx
Small Mercies

Pixx AKA Hannah Rodgers wants to talk about love. Not in the way you might expect though. She wants to talk about how we see ourselves, religion, the problems it may cause and the environment. Small Mercies is her second album and platform for this talk. It was produced by Simon Byrt and popular South London indie producer Dan Carey. It is the follow-up the rather good The Age Of Anxiety. LP and CD on 4AD
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  • 4AD
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Joan As Police Woman
Joanthology

I wish I was called Joan….and a had a recording contract so I could call an album Joanthology. I guess it doesn’t matter because Ms. Joan Wasser, AKA Joan As Police Woman has already done it. This is a career-spanning retrospective picking the best moments from her 15 years in the biz. It includes two brand new tracks - one of which is a cover of Prince’s Kiss - along with classics featuring high quality guest artists: Rufus Wainwright, Antony and David Sylvian.
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Fujiya & Miyagi
Flashback

Those lovable scamps Fujiya & Miyagi return to the fray with their seventh LP. The Brighton band proudly proclaim Flashback to be their funkiest record yet, and they’re not half wrong. This album is full of fun tracks that mix NYC disco, Chicago house, electro-pop and Krautrock. Think Hot Chip, Confidence Man and The Rapture. Flashback is out via the group’s own Impossible Objects Of Desire imprint.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Streets
Everything Is Borrowed

Everything Is Borrowed was the Streets fourth album and saw a return to form for the band after The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living which was the first the Streets album to get a mixed reception on release. Instead Everything Is Borrowed concentrated on positive vibes and feel good anthems reflected in the fact that a lot of its tracks have been played on their 2018 and 2019 greatest hits tours.  
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The Smiths
The Queen is Dead

'The Queen Is Dead' is thought by many to be the Smiths greatest achievement. Not for me, nothing with 'Vicar In A Tutu' on it should ever be considered a classic. However it does contain many of their greatest moments, the title track, 'There is a Light....' and 'Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others' to name but three. The Smiths at their confident best just before things started to go slightly wrong.   
  • Vinyl LP (0825646658879)
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Grace Lightman
Fangs

The Handsome Dad roster are a tight-knit bunch. If you currently (13/07/17) go to the YouTube video for Grace Lightman’s ‘Fangs’, the top comment comes from label-mates Jerkcurb and reads ‘really good’. And you know what, they’re right - ‘Fangs’ is a well-executed bit of psych-pop, and Lightman’s way with melody is unusual and engaging.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Paul Den Heyer
Everything So Far

Paul Den Heyer is something of a supporting cast character in the North-West’s music history, formerly a member of short-lived indie rockers Fishmonkeyman and then of The Red Sided Garter Snakes alongside ex-members of Puressence and Inspiral Carpets. He’s now creating hazy guitar sketches in his own right - Everything So Far is his debut solo release. 

Hood
British Radars

The lo-fi indie crew known as Hood originally wanted British Radars to be released as a a 7” in 1994, but nothing came of it. In 2015 however, these 6 tracks have indeed been pressed to vinyl, in a limited edition! Several alternate versions dragged up from the archives, very exciting for Hood heads. On Acuarela.
  • Vinyl 7" (NOIS079EP)
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Beezewax
Peace Jazz

Dealing in a broad mixture of power-pop, emo and indie-rock indebted to basically Bob Mould’s entire career, the reformed Norwegian act Beezewax announce a new studio album in Peace Jazz. The eight-track collection, out on Sellout! Music, includes 2018’s comeback single ‘Rainbows’.

Weezer
Weezer (Teal Album)

Weezer have been delighting fans all over the world since 1994 with their fun brand of post-grunge guitar pop. They have a penchant for naming more-or-less every other album by colour. Weezer, or The Teal Album is an album of covers headed up by their now infamous cover of Toto’s Africa. Elsewhere there’s versions of songs that were originally by TLC, Black Sabbath, Tears For Fears and ELO, amongst others.

Marina
LOVE + FEAR

Here we find Marina ditching The Diamonds and going it alone. Mind you, the shift doesn't cause Marina to shake up her sound too much on LOVE + FEAR. This is another LP of ambitious, big-beat pop from the Charli XCX that it’s ok to introduce to your mum. The Clean Bandit- and Luis Fonsi-featuring single ‘Baby’ sounds quite a bit like Shakira’s ‘Whenever, Wherever’, which is always welcome.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Sacred Paws
Run Around The Sun

Run Around The Sun is the sophomore album by Scottish indie-pop duo, Sacred Paws. It is the follow-up to their Scottish Album of the Year-winning album Strike A Match. You may have caught their upbeat single 'Brush Your Hair' on 6 Music,which is representative of their sound. If you like bands such as Shopping and Girl Ray, it would be sensible of you to give this a go.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Depeche Mode
Music For The Masses | The 12" Singles

From 1987’s Music For The Masses onwards, there would be no looking back for Depeche Mode as they ascended to the realm of stadium-filling dark-pop overlords. The album that broken them in America, this latest box-set re-issue of 12” singles covers the era’s four singles - two discs each for massive hits ‘Behind The Wheel’, ‘Never Let Me Down Again’ and ‘Strangelove’, one for the under-rated ‘Little 15’. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Diplo
Europa

A limited edition splatter-vinyl version of the latest 12” EP from veteran Grammy-winning pop producer Diplo, whose talents extend into hip-hop and club music as well as shiny chart hits. This 16-minute collection, featuring rising British rapper Octavian among others, was originally released back in February this year. Fresh of his recent cameo in Pokémon Detective Pikachu.
  • Vinyl 12" (BEC5543988)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
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Fret
Salford Priors + Versions

Fret is of course Mick Harris, the relentlessly productive heaviness-maestro behind Napalm Death, Painkiller, Scorn… and now this. Salford Priors + Versions presents five different assaults on the track Salford Priors, put forward by Harris himself, Monster X, Stormfield, and Monster X and Stormfield together. Serious stuff mate.

Samana
Ascension

Samana is the name of the project created by Rebecca Rose Harris and Franklin Mockett. Together, in the glorious Welsh valleys, the pair made Ascensions, an album of lonely and intense meditation on isolation. It comes out as incredibly rich dream pop, that can seeps into every crack and crevice. On FatCat.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Various
Electrical Language: Independent British Synth Pop 78-84

Calling all fans of things synthy, this is a new compilation taking in the golden age of British synth-pop from 1978-84. There are old favourites like 'Circus Death' by The Human League, obscure (but brilliant) cuts like 'Croatia' by Basking Sharks, and stone-cold ker-lassics like 'Warm Leatherette' by The Normal and 'Touch' by Lori and the Chameleons. 

Ash
’94 – ’04 – The 7’’ Singles Box Set

During their heyday from 1994 to 2004, Ash were one of the greatest singles bands around, with enough chart-denting firepower to sink a whole navy. This limited-edition box set collects 20 singles over ten 7” vinyls, including ‘Clones’ available for the very first time on the format.  All this reminds me. One R*c*rd St*r* D*y I saw a man dressed like Mario going through the 7" bins at Rough Trade East looking for Ash 7"s. A very fond memory.
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  • Ash

The Charlatans
Melting Pot

A long overdue repress of the greatest hits album covering the earlier career of the Madchester survivors who weren't from Manchester. This has pretty much all the essential tracks from the years 1990 to 1997 when the Charlatans were signed to Beggars Banquet. Including indie disco staples, 'The Only One I Know' and 'Just When Your Thinking Things Over', a remix from the Chemical Brothers of 'Patrol' and lesser known gems like 'Can't Get Out Of Bed'. Double vinyl press.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Saint Etienne
Tiger Bay (Deluxe Edition)

Saint Etienne, the legendary Britpop frontrunners, are re-releasing their 1994 LP 'Tiger Bay'. It's a heady mix of pastoral folk and heavy dance music like techno and dub. There are all sorts of nice shiny things like a 'Hug my Soul' sticker, a 24x12” glossy poster, and a a 12-track vinyl compilation of rarities and demos. Tuck in. 
  • Vinyl LP box set (HVNLP8SE)
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Pete Um
As You Were

Rather bizarre one-person wonk from Cambridge confounder and Ergo Phizmiz & Friends member Pete Um. Accompanied by electronics that sound at times as if powered by a potato found behind the communal cooker (and at other times unmistakably contemporary in style), Pete’s lovably old-fashioned vocals tackle self-analysis of a surreal - if modest - sort along with other diverse subjects.

Still Corners
Dead Blue

Still Corners debut 'Creatures of an Hour' was a real favourite here at the towers. Follow up 'Strange Pleasures' went really slick so it will be interesting to see what they come up with this time. Now not on Sub Pop the band have regrouped and now unleash their latest batch of whispery synth blasted pop. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Patience
Dizzy Spells

Patience is the new project from Roxanne Clifford, formerly of indie tunesmiths Veronica Falls. Clifford finds a different backdrop for those melodies here, exploring the world of electronic pop. Dizzy Spells is her debut album. It was made with the help of Daft Punk collaborator Todd Edwards and Lewis Cook of Free Love and Happy Meals. It was engineered by Misha Hering of Virginia Wing. On Night School.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Mercury Rev
Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited

Bobby Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited by Mercury Rev is their version of trailblazing American singer Bobby Gentry’s classic 1968 album. Although, for a band who have links with The Flaming Lips and in the past have had songs called things like Sweet Odysee of a Cancer Cell t’ th’ Center of yer Heart, you could be forgiven for thinking it has nothing to do with her and that they’d reverted back to their wonky roots. Anyway, it features a list  of female singers that is so impressive we're going to have to name them all: Norah Jones, Phoebe Bridgers, Hope Sandoval, Laetitia Sadier, Rachel Goswell, Lucinda Williams, Vashti Bunyan, Beth Orton, Marissa Nadler, Margo Price, Susanne Sundfør, Kaela Sinclair and Carice Van Houten.

Arthur Russell
Corn

Corn is the first music from Arthur Russell’s diverse catalogue to be released in seven years. The album is made up from nine tracks that were recorded between 1982 and 1983. The direction Russell had taken at this time won’t surprise too many fans as songs from these sessions have appeared on 2004’s Calling Out Of Context. Fans will also be desperate to get their hands on this for the closing track, Ocean Movie, touted as one of Russell’s most beautiful pieces.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Arthur Russell
World Of Echo

Here is a double vinyl remastered edition of Arthur Russell's masterwork 'World of Echo' which lest you've bought it before, now comes with revised artwork. This deeply meditative album contains the original album plus drum-less versions of some of his disco classics and four previously unreleased tracks. A must. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Television Personalities
Some Kind Of Happening: Singles 1978-1989

First of two collections of Television Personalities singles predictably spanning 1978-1989. Some Kind Of Happening features songs like '14th Floor' and 'Salvador Dali's Garden Party' which show off why exactly Mr. John Peel was so fond of these gentle punks. Includes a couple rarities including those found on a flexi issued by Creation.

Toth
Practice Magic And Seek Professional Help When Necessary

Toth seems to be America’s youngest bedroom indie music maker. Laidback, melancholy and lushly produced, Practice Magic and Seek Professional Help When Necessary sounds like a dreamy Soccer Mommy but fuller and with a hint of Kaputt-era Destroyer. Might very well be the perfect soundtrack for your lazy summer days. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Gia Margaret
There's Always Glimmer

Gia Margaret’s There’s Always Glimmer was one of the slow-burn hits of 2018 in the U.S.A.. Produced by Margaret herself and initially issued in July to little fanfare, interest in the record snowballed to the point where it ended the year in the ‘Best Of’ lists from Gorilla Vs. Bear and The Line Of Best Fit. It’s only right, then, that There’s Always Glimmer should get its first pressing outside of the U.S. courtesy of Dalliance Recordings. The shoegaze-shrouded folk songs here are reminiscent of Lyla Foy and Juliana Barwick.

Cold Showers
Motionless

Recorded in their own studio in Los Angeles and produced in-house by the band’s own Chris King, Motionless sees Cold Showers move in a more mature and complex direction for their third album, pushing their synthetic post-punk even further. Come in a sleeve designed by L.A.-based artist Robbie Simon. 

Madonnatron
Musica Alla Puttanesca

The latest LP to emerge from the grotty storehouse of Trashmouth Records (Fat White Family, Warmduscher) comes courtesy of Madonnatron. It’s called Musica Alla Puttanesca, and what a fine title that is. The music’s not half bad either - tracks like ‘Sucker Punch’ have taken Trashmouth’s grizzled garage-rock sound and glued it together with the airy post-punk-pop of The Cardigans. Good work all round.

The Vaccines
Handsome

They are not altogether bad the Vaccines are they? There are certainly worse crimes than writing insanely catchy pop tunes. This latest offering is the first thing to come from their upcoming album which is due in May. That's a long time to wait so get your fix now. The tune sorta sounds like what I imagine the Drums wish they sounded like - a compressed slab of post-Strokes indie. It's produced by Dave Fridmann (F'Lips, MRev etc) but I couldn't tell as it doesn't have that big drum sound.  
  • Vinyl 7" (88875057597)
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  • Last copy

Big Tide
Sync Or Swim

We loved that earlier Big Tide 12" which allowed me to live out all my Dumptruck/Guadalcanal Diary fantasies. It's been a long time in the waiting but here is a debut full length which will hopefully set Ben Thomas towards the big(ger) league.  Think classic sounding chiming pop rock with nods towards the Byrds and the Icicle Works. Pal of our store Jonathan Nash (Hookworms/Cowtown) pops up on drums too! 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Swimming Tapes
Morningside

Swimming Tapes are a five-piece band  from London. Morningside is their debut album. Their sound can be likened to Real Estate with a handful of Belle & Sebastian thrown in. Basically a pleasingly soft jangle of guitars and hazy melodies  that is likely to delight fans of both. On Hand In Hive.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Empire Of The Sun
Walking On A Dream

One of those reissues that make you feel old. I remember hearing Walking On A Dream and thinking “this sounds a lot like MGMT and some other bands” like it was yesterday. And apparently the album is already due to be vinylized. In fact, I just learned that Empire Of The Sun recorded even more music after this debut! Whodathunk.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Morrissey
California Son

New album from right-leaning firebrand and former hero Morrissey. It's a covers LP with appearances by members of Green Day, Grizzly Bear and Broken Social Scene all of whom must have missed the memo about his toxicity amongst the more liberal thinking music industry and fans of his former band. Thankfully though there's no be-quiffed interpretations of Skrewdriver songs.    
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Declining Winter
Belmont Slope

No one evokes the emotional atmospheres of Northern England quite like Richard Adams, so thank God he's made Belmont Slope, a musical fable about the M62. Mysterious and muffled, he returns under his Declining Winter moniker to detail further secrets hiding in Yorkshire's soil and concrete. If it's anything like the magnificent Home for Lost Souls, it should deliver intimate pop gems influenced by his favourite stay-at-home songwriters -- while occasionally reaching for the expanse of old band Hood.

Blancmange
The Blanc Tapes

Limited edition 6xLP box-set of the first three studio albums by English synth-pop artists Blancmange, originally released on CD only a couple of years back. Remastered and packaged in three 2xLP albums, each of Happy Families (1982), Mange Tout (1984) and Believe You Me (1985) come with bonus tracks, demos and extended versions. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Hayden Thorpe
Diviner

It was commendable that the Wild Beasts split up when they did but the concern is...what will happen to the other two? The singers should be ok. I assume the low-voiced one will make a solo album in time but first out the blocks is the high-voiced one also known as Hayden Thorpe. His voice is so distinctive that it's going to sound like the Wild Beasts but a listen to early tracks reveals a soft sophistication and haunted balladry.      
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Joan As Police Woman
Live At The BBC

That's a really small bath. Was that bath at the BBC? It looks only about big enough to bathe Paul Daniels in. Anyway this is a collection of songs Joan As Policewoman songs recorded at the hallowed halls of Auntie for various shows on 6 Music. Shows off Joan Wasser's smooth but knotty dance pop tracks at their best.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The House Of Love
She Paints Words In Red

Although the 2014 era version of the House of Love was sonically very unlike the original band there are still plenty of merits in what they produced. The sound was a bright, melodic form of indie with plenty of nods to the Velvet Underground. She Paints Words In Red is the second post reformation album and it is a right toe tapper.     
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Prince
Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic

By posthumous appointment of His Royal Majesty the late Prince Rogers Nelson, the article contained within - to wit, the present item of recorded and remixed music, titled Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic - shall be herewith available for public purchase by way of mandated, if finite, general release, and thereby shall no longer retain exclusivity among those few members constitutive of the 2001 NPG Music Club organisation. Signed, the Estate of His Majesty. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (19075914001)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Teleman
Family of Remixes

They are a rather good band Teleman. Nice and winsome with a krauty edge. I'm not sure how suited they are to the remix format but this CD only round up of all the remixes commissioned for their latest album Family of Aliens may give us some idea. I've barely heard of a name on it but presumably this is because all are London tastemaker type artists. Might bring an added electronic pulse to their nice sounds though.  

Siobhan Wilson
The Departure

Stirring and gorgeous fare from Scottish singer-songwriter Siobhan Wilson here. The Departure flits between folk, acoustic balladry and rock in a manner that recalls Wilson’s fellow Scots Camera Obscura, Idlewild and Frightened Rabbit. Lyrically The Departure finds Wilson addressing issues of identity, feminism and the natural world.

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Described by Bandcamp Daily in 2017 as “[potentially] The Weirdest Musician In Sweden Right Now”, it’s ShitKid a.k.a., Stockholm’s Åsa Söderqvist, back with Album Two for PNKSLM. [DETENTION] finds Söderqvist and bandmate Lina Ericsson bashing out a suite of pop punk tunes themed around the trials and tribulations of secondary school. Titles include 'SuMmEr BrEak' and 'Grown-ups are KIDS'. WEIRD!
  • Vinyl LP (PNKSLM063)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only

The Ballet
Matchy Matchy

The Ballet hail from New York. Matchy Matchy is their fourth album following a pair of self-released recordings and I Blame Society which was released on Fortuna Pop! Musically, they take their cues from pop and indie music from ‘60s to the ‘90s. Lyrically they explore same sex relationships and experiences. On Fika.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Vampire Weekend
Father Of The Bride

Vampire Weekend’s new album comes to us without any information other than the number of different formats there are (4). It’s their first album in five years, so yay! It’s called Father Of The Bride and features a bunch of guest artists including ex-Vampire Weekender Rostam Batmanglij. Early single suggest all the jokes people tell about the band will continue to have legs.

The Head and The Heart
Living Mirage

American indie-folksters The Head and The Heart return with their fourth studio album. Recorded in legendary locations connected with the Great American Songbook, including the Joshua Tree National Park and studios in Nashville and L.A., Living Mirage is a series of “vignettes” of ennui and redemption, according to lead singer Jon Russell. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

NOIA
Crisàlida EP

Film score composer, Gisela Fulla-Silvestre, also makes slightly off-kilter electronic pop music under the name NOIA. Her pop output is informed by her day job. The Barcelona native also manages to cram Tropicalia, dancehall and R&B influences into her dramatic music. Crisàlida EP is her latest offering. 12” on Cascine.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Streets
A Grand Don't Come For Free

Upon its release 10 years ago, The Streets second album, A Grand Don’t Come For Free was instantly hailed as another masterpiece to equal his initial clarion call, Original Pirate Material. Unavailable on vinyl for the best part of the intervening decade, Be With Records marks its second release by issuing Mike Skinner’s electronic soap opera on this format.
  • Vinyl Double LP (0825646153411)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Frenship
Vacation

LA pop duo Frenship double-down on the success of singles such as 'Capsize' and prepare to take the world by storm with their debut album, Vacation. The pair have been working together for six years, so they have really honed their craft. Vacation includes guest performances from Bastille and Yoke Lore. On Counter Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Beauty Sleep
Be Kind

Beauty Sleep are a trio from Belfast who play ‘80s influenced synth pop, or dream pop as it tends to be called these days. They love what they do and it shines through in their positive pop. Be Kind is their debut album and follows on from a couple of successful singles, 'Until We See The Sun' and 'All In'. On Quiet Arch.

Clinic
Wheeltappers and Shunters

I didn’t think Clinic were ever coming back, fortunately they have. Wheeltappers and Shunters is the Liverpool band’s eighth album but first for seven years. The title is taken from a 1970s variety show hosted by Bernard Manning - but don’t worry, it’s an inside joke, they’re not a bunch of ignorant bigots. On Domino.

Beach Fossils
What A Pleasure

What A Pleasure by Brooklyn indie rock band, Beach Fossils, is their second release and follow-up to their impressive 2010 self-titled debut album. This time out, front man Dustin Payseur wrote the songs with the help of bassist John Peña. It also features a guest appearance from Wild Nothing’s Jack Tatum.

Nouvelle Vague
Bande A Part


  • Vinyl LP (TPK2LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy

Snapped Ankles
Violations

A four-track EP of cover versions originally released for Record Store Day in 2018, Violations is quite an apt name for these drastically different takes as Snapped Ankles take on Can, The Fugs, Joey Beltram and The Comateens in ways you never previously imagined. This re-issue is on white vinyl, with a download code. 

Maps
Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss.

At no point does the press release tell us that Maps is James Chapman’s stage name. It would be great if he’d been born Maps. He’d have to face school bullies saying stuff like, “Hey Maps, give us yer dinner money”. Anyway, the Northampton-born producer and musician has been doing this for 13 years now. Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss. is his fourth album and first for six years. The album took three years to make and sees Maps pushing the limits of his studio and his creativity. He even plays the violin on it. White vinyl LP and CD on Mute.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Tor Lundvall
A Strangeness In Motion: Early Pop Recordings 1989-1999

Ambient musician Tor Lundvall is prolific as anyone. If you need proof consider A Strangeness in Motion, a collection of some of the more poppy tracks in his early work recorded between 1989 and 1999. These tracks bring to mind the likes of New Order and The Human League without ever losing the deftness of texture Lundvall is known for.

HÆLOS
Any Random Kindness

HÆLOS return with their follow up to 2016 debut Full Circle. Any Random Kindness, like their first album, has a distinctly trip-hop vibe. Lyrically it looks for solutions in a world divided by ostensibly incompatible views. It was produced by Orlando Leopard in East London. Transparent vinyl 2LP and CD on Infectious.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Wampire
Curiosity


  • Vinyl LP (0644110025418)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Charly Bliss
Young Enough

Brooklyn four-piece, Charly Bliss, seem to have polished their act a little since their mid-fi debut, Guppy. It was a record that recalled ‘90s Boston band Letters To Cleo but with analogue electronics. On new long-player Young Enough, the melodies are similar but the sound is more polished. LP and CD on Lucky Number.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Rosie Lowe
YU

Second studio album from British star Rosie Lowe, who almost perfectly defines the distinctly squidgy term ‘indietronica’. YU, arriving three years after her debut Control, sees her back with producer Dave Okumu and calling in favours from all manner of collaborators from electronica to jazz - Floating Points and The Comet Is Coming’s Shabaka Hutchings, to name just a couple. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Olivia Neutron-John
Olivia Neutron-John

Olivia Neutron-John - and what a name that is - finally drops a new LP. Coming a full five years after the lo-fi extravaganzas of INJURY TRAIN AND I'M NEVER GETTING OFF IT b/w VULNERABILITY, this eponymous record is another set of voyages in electronic post-punk and minimal synth. There’s a bit of a psychedelic flavour to tracks like ‘March’ too. Olivia Neutron-John is out via Sister Polygon (Priests, Downtown Boys).
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kitty Kat Fan Club
Dreamy Little You

Cute story. Former Skankin' Pickle guy Mike Park missed hanging out with a band who all lived in the same place so he put together Kitty Kat Fan Club to play indie-pop and hag out. What could be better? The music sounds pretty sweet too, indie/twee pop with nods to Belle & Sebastien, the Pastels, Alvvays etc.    
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Von Spar
Under Pressure

Groovy neo-krautrock constellation Von Spar emerge from their Dumbo Studio in Cologne with the likes of Christopher “Marker Starling” Cummings, Stereolab’s Lætitia Sadier, Vivien Goldman of The Flying Lizards, R. Stevie Moore and Eiko Ishibashi. The vibe of Under Pressure can perhaps best be summed up by the lyric “Should I be worried?”
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Oliver Cherer
I Feel Nothing Most Days

Londoner Oliver Cherer is prolific. For the last few years he’s clocked up more than an album a year, either under his own name or as Dollboy or Gilroy Mere. The songs on his latest album, I Feel Nothing Most Days, date back to 1983, and were inspired by Ben Watt, Robert Wyatt and The Durutti Column. The discovery the songs on some old cassettes coupled with the fact that he found himself in possession of one of Vini Rielly’s guitars motivated him to finish the songs. LP on Second Language.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Automelodi
Mirages Au Futur Verre-Brise

Montreal duo Automelodi on what is their third album already. In part, Mirages Au Futur Verre-Brise sounds like a nostalgia trip to 80s new wave and post punk created entirely on digital instruments. Luckily, the duo has also created plenty of more alternative electronic compositions which keep their newest effort interesting. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Claude Fontaine
Claude Fontaine

Claude Fontaine - a woman who sounds like her parents used a ‘French names’ bot to generate her birth certificate - clearly loves Jamaican music. She seems to be particularly partial to the golden-age rocksteady, ska and reggae of early Trojan and Studio One. In fact, she’s so enthralled with the scene that she’s made sure her eponymous debut LP sounds like it was cut several decades ago. Over saturated riddims Fontaine coos in a breathy voice that recalls Jane Birkin. All of this makes for an extremely chic listen.

Ioanna Gika
Thalassa

IO Echo’s Ioanna Gika drops her debut solo LP via Sargent House (Dylan Carson, Chelsea Wolfe). Thalassa is a record of forceful and stirring art-pop that nods to Perfume Genius, Oneohtrix Point Never and Robyn. Gika’s voice, at once both piercing and breathy, dovetails excellently with Thalassa’s broiling synth-pop instrumentals.

The Pearlfishers
The Strange Underworld Of The Tall Poppies

The Pearlfishers - as we stated in our review of their recent Love & Other Hopeless Things LP  - are possibly Scotland's best kept secret. Their songwriting recalls 60s greats such as Brian Wilson and the Byrds but it seems barely anyone has heard of them.  Here is a re-issue of their debut LP originally slated for RSD15. Not sure why we have copies suddenly appear but here they are  - and we should all be grateful.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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