Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Field Music
Making A New World

New album from Sunderland area clever clogs Field Music. But it's not just any old new album this is a song cycle based on the first world war. The idea started from a project they were working on with the Imperial War Museum about US War Department publications but grew as the brothers wrote pieces about various elements of the aftermath of the war such as skin grafting, the dada movement and office work. They aren't just any ordinary band are they? 

Blueboy
Unisex

Sarah Records put out a few classic indie records in their time by artists such as The Field Mice and The Orchids. Unisex, the second album by Reading three-piece, Blueboy, was no exception. This is the first vinyl reissue since its original 1994 release. After a bunch of singles and three albums the band went their separate ways joining bands such as Arabesque, Lovejoy and Another Sunny Day.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Prince
Originals

Prince’s archives must be one of the most lusted-after collections of presumed wonder in modern music, so plenty of people will be delighted to see this major new release. Originals features fifteen songs that Prince wrote for other artists (most of them hits), except that here we finally get to hear the great man’s original versions recorded himself, all but one of them previously unreleased. Damn.

Yeule
Serotonin II

The recording project of Singapore-raised musician Nat Cmiel since 2012, based around the construction of her own instruments, Yeule has been responsible for a series of thrilling short-length releases over the years. Serotonin II, however, is Cmiel’s first step into album territory, and sounds like modern classical pieces being refracted through a prism of electronica. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

SebastiAn
Thirst

Coming eight years after his first album Total, during which time he’s helped to produce the likes of Charlotte Gainsbourg and Frank Ocean, Sébastien Akchoté (known as SebastiAn) at last delivers his sophomore studio effort. Using his expanded rolodex of contacts, Thirst includes guest spots from the likes of Syd (The Internet), Sparks and the aforementioned Charlotte Gainsbourg. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (BEC5543956)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Fever Ray
Plunge Remix

Fever Ray is of course the solo project of never-knowingly-not-dressed-like-a-loony the Knife singer Karin Dreijer. Plunge was her second album and garnered lots of praise so it's time to get the remixed version. Most of the remixes are by people I'm too old/out of touch to know of but one of them is Bjork so that is a bit exciting isn't it? The likes of Glasser, Paula Temple and Faka also get their hands dirty. 

Little Dragon
Season High

A new full-length from Little Dragon, the alternative pop / R&B band from Sweden. Season High was produced by James Ford from Simian Mobile Disco, and his involvement really activates the electro-pop dance music powers that lurk within the band: check out ‘Sweet’ in particular for a tune that’ll spin all over the place come summer. On Because Music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Matt Maltese
Krystal

Ostensibly sold to us as a break-up record, Matt Maltese’s second studio album Krystal is much more introspective than that, dealing with personal frustrations and re-doubling of efforts, having been dropped by Atlantic who had released his debut album Bad Contestant last year. Recorded and produced largely in his bedroom in Elephant & Castle in London, it’s an unshackling of creativity that ought to pay dividends. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Death in Vegas
The Contino Sessions

Rock/electronica duo Death in Vegas made perhaps their most high profile record with The Contino Sessions where they invited a host of guests (Iggy Pop, Jim Reid, Bobby Gillespie) to sing over their blend of dub, industrial and electronica and at the same time made their studio look like something out of a sunglasses convention. Here's a limited red vinyl re-press from lords of the re-press Music On Vinyl. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Karen Marks
Cold Café

Former rock journalist and band manager Karen Marks had a short but effective career in the world of minimal wave. Cold Cafe is an Australian forerunner of the genre and was originally released in 1981. It was produced with collaborator, Ash Wednesday. This 5-track 12” features two previously unheard demo recordings. 
  • Vinyl 12" (ES012)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Pet Shop Boys
Burning The Heather

Pet Shop Boys are are heading into their 39th year as a musical duo. By the time the Rolling Stones hit that landmark people had been saying they were over the hill for 20 years or so. The Pet Shop Boys longevity may have something to do with their uniqueness - a big part of that it Neil Tennant's articulate speak-singing. Here is their new single, Burning The Heather, from their latest album, Fundamental.
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  • x2
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Gaz Coombes
Sheldonian / Live / EP

Good old Gaz Coombes of Supergrass/having a strangely shaped head fame has done his bit for charidee this year by performing at the Sheldonian theatre in Oxford and giving the proceeds to two deserving local charities. The songs were performed with orchestral arrangements so seeing as though fans might want to hear them, he's put four of them on this EP. 

Ezra Furman
Twelve Nudes

Ezra Furman, whilst always sounding like Ezra Furman, tends to dabble in different rock sub-genres. With new album Twelve Nudes, he claims it is a punk record. He hurt his throat through singing so hard whilst making it, so there is blood on the tracks here. It was recorded in Oakland, CA under the influence of booze and cigarettes. The title refers to the songs on the album being there with nothing to hide.

Låpsley
These Elements EP

Having been one of the most hotly tipped newcomers in British music, Holly Lapsley Fletcher has been somewhat M.I.A. since she released the artful pop of her debut album Long Way Home a long three-and-a-half years ago. This new four-track EP, These Elements, is her first new Låpsley music in that time, and shows a markedly different sound and more assured presence than before. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Björk / Fever Ray / The Knife
Country Creatures

Ooph this is rather heavy on the ‎Karin Dreijer. She appears as both Fever Ray and part of the Knife on this remix 12" of Bjork's Country Creatures. Yet each track is different- one moody and introspective, one bouncy and pulsating. As a return favour Bjork has remixed a Fever Ray track which will come out separately. Who says the Swedes and the Icelanders don't get on?
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Girl Ray
Girl

A follow-up to their lush, intimate debut album Earl Grey that established them as one of the country’s best new indie groups, Girl Ray broaden their sonic palette for sophomore effort Girl. Meant as a tribute to their childhood love of pop and R&B, producer Ash Workman has twisted their sound into something sharper and more dancefloor-orientated. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Madonna
Like A Virgin

Like A Virgin was the second album by Madonna, released in 1984, it was the album that propelled her to global superstardom. It’s packed with hits such as the title track, Material Girl and Angel. A lesser known album fact about this album that will go down well today is that it was produced by Nile Rogers. Rogers also plays guitar on the album with his Chic bandmate, the late, great Bernard Edwards playing bass. 
  • Vinyl LP (0603497849284)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

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

The Spook School
Dress Up

Dress Up is the debut LP from Scottish DIY punks The Spook School. This is one of those records that makes you feel like you've found a new friend by the end of it. Across a baker’s dozen of songs the band pen witty, moving odes to gender, identity and social anxiety. Sonically we’re talking charmingly ramshackle jangles ala Ezra Furman and Joanna Gruesome. A winning record.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Carly Rae Jepsen
Dedicated

Emotion by Carly Rae Jepsen was, in this humble writer's opinion, one of the greatest albums ever made. And it would have been tough for anyone to match the giddy highs that album produced. On 2019's Dedicated, she more or less succeeds, creating an album just as suited to tidying your house, as it is to bouncing around with glee at a show.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Mumford & Sons
Sigh No More (10 Year Anniversary 7-inch box)

It’s been ten years since Marcus Mumford and his plum-throated Sons wiped away our tears and asked us to 'Sigh No More'. It worked - the banjo-twanging Chappiness of tracks like ‘The Cave’ and ‘Little Lion Man’ has cured all our ills, healed all of our divisions and meant that there have been no reasons to sigh since (not in the United Kingdom, anyway). To celebrate a decade of sigh-less bliss 'Sigh No More' has been reissued as a boxset of 7” singles that each come in expensive papier. You also a bunch of images and a ribbon. Here’s to many more years in which we shan’t sigh one single time.

Death and Vanilla
Are You A Dreamer?

Super Swedes Death and Vanilla return for their first album since 2015's To Where The Wild Things Are. The group peddle a lovingly retro form of synth and dream pop which has drawn comparisons to Broadcast, Cocteau Twins and is heavily influenced by library music, German Krautrock and 60s psych. I daresay you are going to love it. 

Sea Legs / Dense
Favourite Doll / Fever Dream

Come Play With Me have long been releasing split 7"s by some of Leeds and districts best and most undervalued bands. This latest release by Sea Legs and Dense has been chosen from over 100 bands by a committee who sat at a panel at the Live at Leeds conference.  Have they made the correct choice? Buy to find out. Plus points go to whoever put the pylon on the Dense sleeve. Nice touch.  

The Magnetic Fields
Love At The Bottom Of The Sea

Love at The Bottom Of The Sea was a 2012 era return to the 'classic' the Magnetic Fields synth-pop sound after their various themed albums in differing styles such as the Jesus & Mary Chain aping Distortion. Singer and leader Stephin Merritt is on fine form here particularly on brilliant lead track Andrew in Drag. And how can you fail to love an album that closes with a song entitled All She Cares About Is Mariachi?
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Comet Gain
Fingerprint Ritual

Comet Gain return and pour us a shot of twee with Fingerprint Ritual, an EP of four new tracks, including the overwrought epic "Breaking Open The Head Part 2 (The Eye-Shaped Room)", which runs at eleven minutes and continues the narrative weaved in the song's first part. Beyond that there's fuzz, laughs, tears and plenty of your favourite DIY nonsense.

CHAI
PUNK

After PINK we have PUNK. The sophomore LP from the much-hyped Japanese group Chai finds them once more wringing musical gold from their ‘neo-Kawaii’ aesthetic. That means that here we have a selection of whip-smart, ebullient funk-punk jams which challenge conventions of beauty and cuteness. Think Liquid Liquid, Gang Gang Dance and Le Tigre all getting together and having a bloody great time. Really good.

Stephin Merritt
Obscurities

Stephin Merritt is of course the grump behind the Magnetic Fields, the 6ths, the Gothic Archies etc etc. The man is a songwriting machine and Obscurities collects up all the detritus from his career, It includes material from all those aforementioned bands as well as some solo stuff. All are non-album bits and bats put into one place for your listening ease.   
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Magnetic Fields
The Wayward Bus / Distant Plastic Trees

Here is the very earliest material by Stephin Merritt’s ever-excellent ensemble The Magnetic Fields. Their first two albums, The Wayward Bus and Distant Plastic Trees, contain some real gems of keyboard-pop, including the cult favourite ‘100,000 Fireflies’.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Magnetic Fields
69 Love Songs

If you wanted to make an incredibly long album and you figured 100 songs would be too many what would be the next number you'd pick? Anyway, Stephen Merritt did a ridiculous thing and wrote 69 indie pop songs about love and actually managed to pull it off. These are songs that had to be eccentric and endearing, which they are.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Magnetic Fields
The Charm of The Highway Strip

Always loved that title....and the music ain't all that bad too. The Charm of the Highway Strip was the third the Magnetic Fields album originally released in 1994. It was the first record on which Stephin Merritt took over all lead vocal duties and his distinctive baritone informs a bunch of songs that are clever and romantic odes to country music and life on that dusty old road. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Magnetic Fields
Get Lost

Get Lost was this Norman Record Description Writer (tm)'s first introduction to the wonderful swirling pop world of the Magnetic Fields. It still stands (to me anyway) as one of their finest efforts. Certainly it's one of their most covered records with the Divine Comedy (twice), Tracey Thorn and Advance Base all interpreting songs from the album. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Homeshake
Helium Remixes

Helium is the fourth album by Homeshake. Homeshake is the indie / R&B / dream pop project of Montreal musician Peter Sagar. Helium Remixes features nine tracks from its parent album remixed by the likes of Laurel Halo, Jessy Lanza, TAYE // PAL and Ciel who were invited by Sagar to give the tracks a new life.

Ariana Grande
My Everything

A vinyl issue of My Everything, the second studio album from American star Ariana Grande. Originally released in the summer of 2014 and topping the U.S. charts, it touched upon more mature themes than her debut album Yours Truly from the previous year, boasting writing and production from the likes of Max Martin, Ryan Tedder, Darkchild and David Guetta. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Ariana Grande
Yours Truly

Inspired by all the greats (Houston, Aguilera, Carey), this is the first album from former Nickelodeon child star Ariana Grande. It's a batch of smooth running '90s inspired R&B with a wide vocal range and lyrics about how you can reach up and be yourself and always follow your dreams etc. Now available on vinyl thanks to Republic Records. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Will Samson
Paralanguage

Paralanguage is the fifth album by Will Samson. The album was inspired by the experiences following the sudden death of his father and experiences with magic mushrooms. It even includes some vocal performances recorded whilst experiencing the effects. The album had some musical assistance from violin player Beatrijs De Klerck who plays with A Winged Victory For The Sullen and Ben Lester and Jeremy Boettcher who play with S. Carey.

Kasper Bjørke
Nothing Gold Can Stay

Having pursued ambient music for the last couple of years, culminating in last year’s Fifty Eleven project that won so much acclaim, Kasper Bjørke returns to beat-making with latest record Nothing Gold Can Stay. Exploring his musical origins as well as offering a vision for his future creativity, it’s yet another compelling triumph. 

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Architecture & Morality

Good time to be an Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark fan: to celebrate forty years on from the group’s activities, some nice reissues have been put together. Architecture & Morality, from 1981, is one of their very greatest releases, making a huge impact on British synth-pop. Also, a great album from fans of the mellotron.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Pip Blom
Boat

Pip Blom are an indie band from Amsterdam. They are fronted by 20-year old Pip Blom.  Boat is their debut album following a successful year of EPs and singles that have enjoyed airtime on BBC 6 Music. Their influences seem to come from bands such as The Breeders, which is no bad thing. It looks like Pip’s star is on the rise.

No-Man
Love You To Bits

Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson’s first No-Man album in 11 years, Love You To Bits finds this English art-pop duo in very fine form, particularly considering they’re into their fourth decade. Completely different to the melancholia of Schoolyard Ghosts when we last heard from them, it consists of two 20-minute long and multi-segmented pieces. Love You To Bits could be the group’s best release to date, and certainly their most ambitious. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Wake Ooloo
Hear No Evil

Wake Oooloo might not be a name immediately familiar to you but you may prick up your ears when I tell you that this is members of the Feelies. It was made in one of the Feelies characteristic breaks from doing anything at all and showcases a more muscular sound informed as always by the ghosts of the Velvet Underground and Television. One of the Feelies less known spin offs comes on a vinyl edition of 500 on Wouldn't Waste records.    
  • Vinyl LP (WWR-16)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lake Ruth
Extended Leave

Lake Ruth feature a few members of The New Lines along with people from Holy Fuck, The Eighteenth Day Of May, The Make-Up and Listening Centre. Their music takes in baroque pop, ‘60s psychedelia, Library music, Krautrock and jazz among other things. Extended Leave is part of the Slumberland Records SLR 30 singles series. It’s backed with Strange Interiors.
  • Vinyl 7" (SISLR243)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Xiu Xiu
Girl with Basket of Fruit

Having briefly set Xiu Xiu aside to drop an album under his own name, Jamie Stewart is back on his xiulshit. The project's latest LP, Girl With Basket Of Fruit, is a frantic listen intended to convey the general mayhem of emotion that is being alive in 2018. It does a pretty good job, too - try the feverish, Scott Walker-inspired ‘Scisssssssors’.

Mr Ben & The Bens
Who Knows Jenny Jones

Mr Ben and the Bens is a man called Ben (naturally) who used to live in Lancaster (and so is mates with the Lovely Eggs) and now resides in Sheffield which is well known for its indie guitar scene. This album shows Mr Ben taking his indie folk song craft into more electronic areas and is a concept album about a failure of a girl who gets abducted by aliens and comes back as a disco dancer. Interesting. 
  • Vinyl LP (BINGO012LP)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures
Tequila Island

Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures don’t seem to be able to stay out of their respective recording studios, so why shouldn’t they collaborate, eh? In fact, Tequila Island is their fifth album together. Working alone, the two acts are incredibly prolific, releasing 12 albums between them since they last collaborated in 2015. If you’re a fan of both you’ll either be delighted that there’s some new stuff or annoyed they’re making you spend more money. New records are always nice, though, aren’t they?

Moloko
Things To Make And Do

Things To Make And Do was the third album by Sheffield-based trip-hop / electronica band, Moloko. It saw the duo of Roisin Murphy and Mark Brydon using more live instrumentation than on their previous two albums. It contained their biggest hit The Time is Now and saw their popularity grow substantially following the success of Sing It Back from its predecessor, I Am Not A Doctor.
  • Vinyl Double LP (MOVLP2459C)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Gary Numan
The Pleasure Principle – The First Recordings

The Pleasure Principle - The First Recordings is a bunch of demos and outtakes from the sessions that produced Gary Numan’s first solo album. The songs were recorded mid-April, 1979, whilst Tubeway Army’s second album, Replicas, was residing at number one in the album charts. Numan decided to drop the Tubeway Army name and release the album under his own (stage) name.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Gary Numan
Replicas – The First Recordings

The second and final album from Gary Numan’s band Tubeway Army before Numan embarked on his celebrated (and ongoing) solo career, Replicas housed the UK chart-topping hit ‘Are Friends Electric?’ Now, the early sessions for the seminal record, including a John Peel session, are exhumed and presented on double ‘sage green’ vinyl. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Squid
Town Centre

Squid came to being when the members all converged on Brighton. The young five-piece now base themselves in London. Their brand of post-punk and disco-funk is getting tongues wagging in the biz. They’re a typically wacky bunch who cite Captain Beefheart and pickle among things they like. Their latest EP, Town Centre is produced by Dan Carey and will be released on his Speedy Wunderground label. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Eiko Ishibashi
The Dream My Bones Dream

Eiko Ishibashi is a remarkable artist, somehow equally at home singing heartfelt, delicate lounge-jazz pop music and collaborating free-improv style with Darin Gray and, er, Merzbow. The Dream My Bones Dream is a songs record, though it is rich with details of instrumentation and texture. Jim O’Rourke fans should know that Eiko’s playing is all over his recent work, and he returned the favour by mixing this. On Drag City.

FKA twigs
Magdalene

One of the most anticipated sophomore album releases of the decade is finally upon us! Released over half a decade ago, Tahliah Debrett Barnett’s debut FKA twigs album LP1 was one of the most thrillingly original and forward-thinking pop releases in years, its shifting rhythms and immersive soundscapes informing a great deal of subsequent music. The intervening years have seen Barnett suffer physical and emotional upheaval, something that’s informed the sound and themes of Magdalene. Features production from Nicolas Jaar.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Night Flowers
Fortune Teller

London's Night Flowers have slowly been getting known for their emotional dream pop that recalls those early 90s bands that time forgot who trailed in the wake of the likes of the Sundays and Belly. On this their second album they continue to marry '80s and '90s influences for big venue-ready indie pop with jangling, dreamy guitars skirting round Sophie Petit's swooping voice. Straight ahead stuff but with a crucial emotional core that ensures these songs yearn effectively.    
  • Vinyl LP (DBR018VL)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only

When Saints Go Machine
SO DEEP

Oh when the saints, oh when the saints, oh when the saints go.....machine. Nope. Doesn't have the same catchiness. However When Saints Go Machine are a Danish three piece who seem to blend every form of music ever made (ok then dance, post-punk, two step, rap, electronica) into a unique whole which has drawn comparisons to the melting pot that Arthur Russell had on the boil. They even collaborate with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra. So damn deep.  
  • Vinyl LP (ESC116)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Prince
1999 (Remastered)

Containing a whopping 35 previously unreleased recordings, the career-defining '1999' album of pop-rock royalty Prince is here re-issued. This super deluxe version also includes a live album, along with various other goodies which celebrate Prince's enormous worldwide impact - quintessential stuff for fans of the Minnesota-born pioneer.

Jack Peñate
After You

After two albums and initial massive popularity - you could by his CDs in supermarkets - singer / songwriter Jack Peñate stopped. He didn’t take himself off to the Swiss mountains and record feedback into a four-track, he just stopped making music altogether. Fast-forward ten years and he’s back with his long-awaited third album, After You, released via XL Recordings. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Coldplay
Everyday Life

Coldplay are reasonably well known these days. It would therefore be expected that their new album, Everyday Life, will shift a few units. It’s an album of two halves - Sunrise and Sunset which sees the band moving in all sorts of surprising directions. Everyday Life is their 9th album, and first for four years.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Beck
Hyperspace

"No photos" he says whilst standing in front of a really cool car. But he should be photographed because he's Beck and he's about to unleash his fourteenth album. It features production help from the likes of Pharrell Williams, Greg Kurstin and Paul Epworth. The title track sounds rather gloriously chillwave (is that still a thing?) All kinds of editions for you to choose from. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

A Certain Ratio
acr:box

Legends of the otherwise non-existent Manchester punk/dance/funk/industrial scene (yes, they’re out there on their own), A Certain Ratio have been reissuing a lot of stuff recently. acr:box gathers together everything that hasn’t been reissued. Singles, B-sides, alternate versions, their cover of Talking Head’s classic Houses in Motion and so on. Plenty to get stuck into for the hardcore fan or even a very inviting introduction to these Factory Records stalwarts. Deluxe 7LP or 4CD box set on Mute.

Jaakko Eino Kalevi
Dissolution

Finnish auteur Jaakko Eino Kalevi collaborates with Taiwanese singer Yu-Ching Huang on a new mini-album titled Dissolution. Over its seven songs, Kalevi explores new musical avenues in a concept that’s broadly about self-care and living well, while still sticking with his psychedelic pop roots. 

Nilüfer Yanya
Do You Like Pain?

Young romantic Nilüfer Yanya has been making waves of late with her spirited bedroom pop. Do You Like Pain? might be the record that catapults the Londoner to mainstream attention - especially considering her recent appearance in the BBC’s Sound of 2018 list. Her two originals here are concocted largely from drum machines, guitars, saxophone and her breathy, intimate vocal style. Sonic touchstones include Zola Jesus and Angel Olsen. Also features remixes by AlaskaAlaska and Jazzi Bobbi. You heard her here first.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Prefab Sprout
Andromeda Heights

Andromeda Heights was the sixth album by Prefab Sprout, originally released in 1997. This reissue is part of an ongoing reissue program overseen by the band’s Paddy and Martin McAloon. It received average reviews at the time of release but it definitely requires reassessment. It includes the singles A Prisoner of the Past and the gorgeous opener, Electric Guitars.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Anna Meredith
FIBS

One of the most eagerly awaited follow-ups in recent memory for alternative music, composer Anna Meredith announces her sophomore studio album FIBS. Doing what all great artists should and taking a different tack, the widescreen maximalism and energetic rhythms make it stand apart from 2016’s reputation-making Varmints. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Tori Amos
Boys For Pele

A 180g double vinyl LP reissue of Tori Amos' classic 1996 album, Boys For Pele. On her third full length studio release, classically trained solo artist Tori Amos injects her introspective songwriting into an experimental yet accessible alternative/baroque-pop format, with lyrical themes including feminism, religion and relationships.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Hoops
Tapes #1-3

Hoops, or in everyday life Drew Auscherman, has released three EPs of lo-fi guitar + electronics pop on cassette over the last few years. Now, the opportunity has arisen to acquire all that tasty material on the vinyl format! The warm warble of the original tape production is still there, but the convenience and prestige suits the quality of the material. Double LP from Fat Possum.
  • Vinyl Double LP (FP16441)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

COMA
Voyage Voyage

Presumably titled after Desireless's 1986 smash, this is the German COMA not to Polish rock band of the same name. They make emotional electronica and dreamy soundscapes using an array of instruments both real and computerised and add in vocals to give you the melancholic Germanic pop thrills you require. Another safe space where analogue can meet digital without a fist fight ensuing.  
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lights Fluorescent
The Oldest Sons Of The Oldest Sons

Lights Fluorescent is a new collaboration project between Darkside’s Dave Harrington and NDF / Benoit & Sergio producer Benjamin Jay. On first full-length album The Oldest Sons of The Oldest Sons, the duo immediately establish a pop-based but lightly improvised, ambient and percussion-free sound. 
  • Vinyl LP (KDS012)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Xcerts
In The Cold Wind We Smile

If anyone can remember this album originally being released then maybe this is a cause of celebration. The Xcerts debut In The Cold Wind We Smile has reached a landmark ten years old and as a result fans are treated to a new vinyl pressing which includes a poster and a download card for 13 bonus tracks. In case you don't know, the Xcerts are a four piece alternate rock band out of Aberdeen Scotland. I'm going to Aberdeen soon, I'll ask after them. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Maija Sofia
Bath Time

Taking the traditional, narrative-driven folk ballads of the country of her birth and filtering them through a DIY, lo-fi lens, Irish youngster Maija Sofia delivers an understated but powerful debut album. After five years of similarly top-quality singles and EPs, Bath Time is the full-length statement that Sofia has always had the potential to deliver. 

Ben Lee
Quarter Century Classix

Quarter Century Classics is an album of covers by Ben Lee. It came about due to him being trapped in a Chicago hotel room after heavy snowfall grounded all flights. Chicago was where Lee recorded his debut album, Grandpaw Would, so it holds a lot of memories for him - it reminded him of a time of musical discovery. The album includes cover of songs by The Breeders, Daniel Johnston and more.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Cherry Glazerr
Daddi (Reggie Watts Remix) / Self Explained (tUne- yArDs Remix)

Following the release of their third studio album Stuffed & Ready earlier this year, Cherry Glazerr offer up remixes of two songs from it over a 7” vinyl single via Secretly Canadian. ‘Daddi’ is given the treatment by musician and comedian Reggie Watts, while ‘Self Explained’ is re-tooled by tUnE-yArDs. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kate Bush
The Kick Inside

(8) Bad dreams in the night Would they ever reissue The Kick Inside? Now we have a remastered, remastered, Remastered version,   Kate Bush! It’s she, it’s Katy, She’s come home! Yes we, Norman Records™, Let her in at our window.   Ooh it gets dark, it gets lonely, At the Norman warehouse... (8)
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

James McArthur and The Head Gardeners
Tourist Town/ Plane Sailors

Not the Crystal Palace midfield dynamo of the same name but a three piece band based in London headed by former Weller drummer James McArthur. The vibe is soft shoe psych with nods to Nick Drake and Bert Jansch. Originally released as part of the Wonderfulsevens subscription club now as a standalone 7" for you to enjoy.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Super Furry Animals
Guerrilla

Super Furry Animals third album Guerilla is 20 years old. To celebrate its birthday we have an expanded reissue of the original album which includes a huge 25 bonus tracks. This was the album with the singles Northern Lites and Fire In My Heart, the latter being the one of the band’s more tender moments.
  • Label(s):
  • BMG
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Blue Bendy
Suspension

What's blue and bendy? Nope not a clue. The only thing I can think of is Blue Bendy the South London pop group who specialise in recreating the kraut sounds of Stereolab and Quickspace. They all went to Goldsmiths the clever buggers and this debut single is a love letter to the Humber Bridge which lies in the frozen, flooded north of England. Limited edition 7" on hilariously monikered Too Old For This records. 
  • Vinyl 7"
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

OMMA
1905

Born in Moscow, electronic artist Olga Maximova - who records under the name OMMA - releases her latest album 1905 on Parisian label Antinote. Her ten years in recording and performance artistry - her live show includes a number of DIY-constructed insturments - are plain to hear, and it follows her debut album Teplo last year. 

Prefab Sprout
Steve McQueen

Other than the odd '80s hit here and there Prefab Sprout have never had the commercial success they deserve but this could be to do with them never touring and chief sprout Paddy McAloon increasingly resembling some Grizzly Adams/Moondog cross breed. They have though achieved a cult following and critically lauded with McAloon being regarded as a songwriter of the highest order. Steve McQueen was their second album and probably a career highlight. It contains several classics such as When Love Breaks Down, Faron Young and Appetite. Gorgeous music. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Katy J Pearson
Tonight

Katy J Pearson is a singer / songwriter from South West England, but her sound has a touch of the South West USA about it. There’s a country swagger about her new single, Tonight, but it is tempered by her ability to write a cracking pop tune and some good ol’ British arranging and production. Features a cover of M. Ward’s Poison Cup on the B-side.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Oliver Spalding
Novemberism

Set your watches as November is on its way and it could well be a perfect time to listen to this debut LP by Oliver Spalding. He says that Novemberism is about being as miserable all the year round as you are in November which is a terrible thought. His music though could help soothe your worry and is R&B influenced electronic melancholy with nods towards Bjork and New Order.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

New Order
∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes..

Well, New Order have already released live albums with titles like In Concert and Live at _____, so I guess they had no choice but to go with ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) for this one. This set found the band collaborating with Liam Gillick’s 12-piece ‘synthesiser orchestra’, making it something of a unique collection, with favourites and rarities all re-imagined here.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Taylor Swift
Lover

The latest collection of slick, incisive pop from the all-conquering Taylor Swift gets a coloured vinyl 2LP edition. Lover is her seventh studio album, selling nearly 900,000 copies Stateside in its first week alone when it came out a couple of months back, and has picked up some of the strongest reviews of her career to date. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Molly Burch
The Molly Burch Christmas Album

Oh lord we're getting the Christmas albums appearing on the site already and my local Boyes store already has its selection boxes on display. I'm writing this in October but by the middle of December we might be wanting a bit of this to go with our mulled wine. It's a Christmas collection from Austin chanteuse Molly Burch where she covers the usual classics (Auld Lang Syne, Last Christmas) and adds in a few originals and rarer seasonal compositions. Also: Ginger cat on cover.    

Lady Gaga
ARTPOP

ARTPOP (must be in caps!) was the third album by Lady Gaga, from way back in 2013 when the world was still relatively normal. She began recording the album whilst recovering from an injury sustained whilst touring her previous album Born This Way. Perhaps she decided to emulate Iggy Pop circa Metallic K.O. Contains the singles Applause, and G.U.Y.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

School of X
Destiny

School of X is the experimental art-pop project of Rasmus Littauer. If I had an excellent name like Rasmus I’d probably release music under that name, but ho-hum. Destiny is an intimate record about how and why choose what ultimately controls where we end up. Recorded with a band that features his two brothers, Jakob and Simon along with singer, Soleima.
  • Vinyl 12" (TAMB255LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Varsity
The Basement Takes (2015-2016)

Indie pop band and viral sensations Varsity came together unexpectedly one night in Chicago where three future members of the band were about perform solo at open mic type thing. Impressing each other with their sounds, the became a trio. A bassist and drummer were soon added to the line-up. The Basement Takes (2015-2016) collects together bits and bobs from early years including So Sad, So Sad, previously only available digitally.
  • Vinyl LP (RFC201LPC1)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Grün Wasser
Not Ok With Things

Keely Dowd and Essej Pollock started making music together as Grün Wasser back in 2015. The Chicago-based electronic duo have an ethical stance of solidarity by those who have been left without following the negligent decisions of the powerful. Not Ok With Things sees the duo address their issues such as gender imbalance and personal battles with alcoholism. Meaningful pop music. 
  • Vinyl LP (HD62)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Choir of Young Believers
This Is For The White In Your Eyes

On the surface of it, This Is For The White In Your Eyes seems to indicate it will be like any amount of Scandinavian indie-pop that has occasionally wrecked the charts over the last decade. But Jannis Joya Makrigiannis and his Choir of Young Believers give everything on their debut album a sense of genuine and well-observed grandiosity. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Anna Of The North
Dream Girl

Anna Of The North is Norwegian singer Anna Lotterud. Her music tends to be rooted in the worlds of dream pop / electropop but she is no stranger to experimentation and working with a variety of artists. She has collaborated with Tyler The Creator, Rejjiie Snow, HONNE and Anderson Paak, among others. Dream Girls is her sophomore album and follows 2017’s Lovers.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

LCD Soundsystem
This Is Happening

Here we have ‘This Is Happening’, the last LCD Soundsystem album that wasn’t actually the last LCD Soundsystem album. Whether you feel duped by the band's reunion is now a moot point. Anyway back in 2010 James Murphy bestowed upon us an album that took his über-aware dance-punk schtick to new heights. You know how it is - Talking Heads, ‘Dance Yrself Clean’, Madison Square Garden. The whole nine yards.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

John Grant
Gets Schooled

John Grant - the Father John Misty it’s OK to like - has his limited edish Rough Trade EP Gets Schooled repressed by Bella Union. Each of these five tracks finds Grant dueting with a different leftfield folk luminary. Sinead O’Connor is the headline name, but we also have appearances from Villagers, Beth Orton, Conor O’Brien and Damien Dempsey.

Rituals of Mine
Sleeper Hold

Created out of personal tragedy, with vocalist Terra Lopez experiencing the death of her father and her best friend within six months, Sleeper Hold is an intensely moving new EP from alternative R&B act Rituals of Mine. It’s presented here on a limited edition 12” opaque purple vinyl. 
  • Vinyl 12" (CAK138)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Emily Reo
Only You Can See It

Only You Can See It is Emily Reo's second album. It's upbeat and energetic and sounds like if pop stars used Game Boy's to make their tracks rather than Ableton. This collided with Reo's classical voice training makes for an album where anything feels possible. On top of everything the lyrics are deeply personal and poetic. On Carpark.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Tahiti 80
Fear Of An Acoustic Planet

20 years ago, French guitar pop band, Tahiti 80 released their first album, Puzzle. To celebrate this landmark, they have recorded, Fear Of An Acoustic Planet, an album featuring acoustic versions of tracks from throughout their career. The band were always a pleasant listen, and certainly know how to write a melody. This acoustic album makes those sweet songs a little sweeter, and perhaps we need a bit of that right now. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Chris & Cosey
Heartbeat

Both previously members of pioneering industrial music legends Throbbing Gristle, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti teamed up to form Chris & Cosey in 1981 and released a series of acclaimed records. Heartbeat served as their debut album that same year when released via Rough Trade, and it cleaved quite closely to TG’s sound, all harsh dissonance, cut-up samples and cold, dystopian sequences of synth and drum machine. It now gets reissued on purple-coloured vinyl. 

Bleached
Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough

The Clavin sisters straighten themselves out for their third Bleached album, appropriately titled Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough. That struggle for sobriety has led to some of the group’s most honest writing yet, with former Vampire Weekend producer Shane Stoneback ensuring they’ve lost none of their melodic precision. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Peter Ivers
Becoming Peter Ivers

Peter Ivers is one of those people who everybody in the world of music seemed to know, but he was virtually unknown to the general public. A songwriter whose principal instrument was the harmonica, he was described by Muddy Waters as the greatest harp player alive. He’s opened for the New York Dolls, John Cale and Fleetwood Mac. 'Becoming Peter Ivers' is a compilation of his work, lovingly compiled by RVNG Intl. Ivers was, tragically, the victim of a violent murder in 1983. The case, sadly, remains unsolved.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

CHAI
PINK

London’s Heavenly Recordings reissue a long overdue j-pop classic by four-piece kawaii-overloaders CHAI. PINK was first released as long ago as February 2018 by Burger Records, so it’s great to see it available once again, uh, on this side of the pond. The band’s brief, energetic songs explore pop culture at its most excessive and materialistic, and of course it’s strangely compelling.

Tempers
Private Life

Calm down everyone! Stop shouting at each other! Goodness me - Tempers, tempers. Despite having a name that implies vitriol, this NYC duo actually serve something closer to angst than anger on their latest LP Private Life. Entries such as ‘Capital Pains’ (geddit?) find singer Jasmine Golestaneh dealing with the mess of city living over urgent, widescreen synth-pop beats. The War On Drugs and Future Islands are close compadres of Private Life.

Liz Lawrence
Pity Party

Liz Lawrence is one half of electro-pop duo Cash + David (She’s David) and has collaborated with London indie band Bombay Bicycle Club, who have in turn worked on her music. Pity Party is her latest album, and this is a truly solo venture. As well as writing and performing it all, she forced herself into the producer’s chair for the first time, an initially uncomfortable seat which ultimately reaped great rewards.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.      
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Prefab Sprout
Let's Change The World With Music

This Norman Records Description Writer (tm) is, as a few of you may know, the world's biggest Prefab Sprout fan. So I'm pleased to see all their vinyl being re-issued. Even I would probably be hard pushed to describe Let's Change The World With Music as a classic though. It was originally meant to be the follow up to Jordan: The Comeback but was shelved until 2009 and released as the original demos. It's an of-its-era oddball record with some deeply religious overtones. Still, discerning music listeners need to lap up every nook and cranny of Paddy McAloon's ever-shifting muse.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop