Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Geneva
Weather Underground

Aberdeen’s contribution to Britpop came in the guise of Geneva. They were labelmates of Suede on Nude, racked up a handful of Top 40 hits and a Top 20 album with their debut album, Further. The band split when Nude folded. Now they have reformed, second album Weather Underground is reissued through One Little Indian. This should go down well as it balances the jangle-pop of songs like Dollars In The Heavens with the Radiohead-ness of songs like Museum Mile. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Geneva
Further

Remember Geneva? They were Aberdeen’s answer to Radiohead and released their debut album, Further, in 1997 which reached the heady-heights of the Top 20. They fell foul of their label, Nude, collapsing and split up. They have now reformed to remind you of what could have been. Further, originally released in 1997, is reissued with extra tracks through One Little Indian.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Half Moon Run
A Blemish In The Great Light

A Blemish In The Great Light is the third album by Canadian band, Half Moon Run. They hit the bullseye when two tracks from their first album, Dark Eyes, were playlisted on BBC Radio 1. Constant touring and hard work has seen the Montreal band, who’ve been described as indie-rock, alt-folk and alt-pop, grow in stature.

Nina Atsuko
Play Room

As a rare slice of 80's urban jazz fusion, Nina Atsuko's 'Play Room' very much glided the wave of the big Japanese city pop revival, but with the singer-songwriter's very own unique slant on things. Nearly 40 years since its original release, this 10-track-long piece is a real Japanese city pop gem waiting to be re-discovered.

Jazzateers
Blood Is Sweeter Than Honey

Jazzateers are an indie band from Glasgow whose origins are in the Postcard Records stable along with the likes of Orange Juice and Josef K. Their story is an up and down one, littered with unreleased albums, splits and reformations which meant they never quite made it like they perhaps should have done. Blood Is Sweeter Than Honey is an album they recorded when things seemed to be on the up, touring with Lloyd Cole and with their single, Pressing On, being given the single of the week accolade in the NME. The album was then, in true Jazzateers fashion, never released - until now! Maybe now is their time to shine.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Pumarosa
Devestation

London's Pumarosa follow their debut album, The Witch, with Devestation. The band have looked to electronic influences for this record, relying less on the guitar-based music of their last album. Autechre, Aphex Twin, drum ‘n’ bass and some reliable old jungle tunes have all gone into the pot to make this one.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Cigarettes After Sex
Cry

Promising more blissful, narcoleptic dream-pop after the success of his early singles, Greg Gonzalez delivers his second Cigarettes After Sex album, Cry. Recorded and finessed by Gonzalez himself during sessions in the middle of the night in Spain, it’s another suite of meditations on intimacy and heartbreak.

Amy O
Shell

Amy O AKA Amy Oelsner hails from Bloomington, Indiana and makes indie pop records. Her music recalls sounds from the 90s as well as a romanticism for the 50s. The Amy O project started way back in 2005 as a solo project but has since blossomed into a three-piece band with Justin and Nathan Volmar on bass and drums respectively. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Beths
Warm Blood

New Zealand four piece the Beths sprung to prominence with their debut album Future Me Hates Me but who knew they had already made a five track EP? Well here it is in all it's glory showcasing the catchy, buzzy sound that led Future Me Hates Me to be such a killer. Expect ear-friendly indie with nods to the Lemonheads, Flying Nun and Best Coast.  

Black Marble
Bigger Than Life

Buses. Inspiration for many musicians over the years the latest of which Chris Stewart. His ride into the studio on the Echo Park to downtown L.A. service provided the inspiration for Bigger Than Life his third album under the Black Marble moniker. The result is fresh and lively synth pop on which Stewart played every instrument. Kudos to the bus driver for enabling this to happen.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Hit Parade
The Golden Age of Pop

Pop. What even is it? Many different things to many different people but the pop The Hit Parade talk about is the 60s sort of jangling guitars, melodic vocals and lovelorn lyrics. They have made it their life's work to try to recreate this sound on something of a shoestring. The Golden Age of Pop is their latest burst of activity and comes with a free comic (about pop naturally). 
  • Label(s):
  • JSH
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

David Sylvian
Secrets Of The Beehive

An absolutely wonderful album. Secrets of the Beehive sees David Sylvian at his autumnal best on a beautiful song cycle with contributions from Ryuichi Sakamoto, Steve Jansen and Danny Thompson. Perhaps his most emotional album and a certainly a must for fans of Talk Talk and the Blue Nile. Now re-issued on 180g vinyl.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

White Lies
To Lose My Life (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

We all remember when we were when White Lies released To Lose My Life don't we. Don't we?? Well September 2009 should be indelibly stamped on your brain as the month their debut was unleashed and incredibly went straight to the very top of the UK album chart. Well blow me down with a feather. It managed to score 58 on Metacritic and was described by the Guardian as "promising, if unremarkable" so it's high time we got a tenth anniversary re-issue which thrillingly contains demo and live tracks discovered in bassist Charles Cave's personal cupboard.  

Twins
New Cold Dream

Twins is the new project by Atlanta-based musician Matt Weiner. He takes influences for the project from the likes of John Maus, Bauhaus, Suicide and Depeche Mode among others. Using this inspiration he has crafted New Cold Dream, a dark electro, synth pop and IDM album that mixes worries of our uncertain times with reason for optimism. 
  • Label(s):
  • 2MR

Brijean
Walkie Talkie

Brijean Murphy is the drummer who keeps the metronome ticking in U.S. Girls and others. On 'Walkie Talkie' she collaborates with producer Doug Stuart to create a collection of pop songs that are influenced by jazz and latin musics. Of course, the percussion rhythms on show are groovy and utterly captivating.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
Underground

Part of his initial big burst of activity between 1998 and 2007, Underground is the album that everyone forgot. Look for it on Wikipedia...I've tried and I've failed. Anyway it was his inaugural release of his initial barrage of creativity originally self released in 1999 before getting a proper release around 2007. Early Ariel Pink - can't be an easy listen but always fascinating. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
Loverboy

Looks like a load of Ariel Pink albums are coming back out on 2LP vinyl and here is his 2006 album Loverboy. Though it was his sixth album, it was part of his series of early lo-fi works which pretty much gave carte blanche to anyone wanting to re-work soft rock, funk and '60s pop into their own strange shapes. Loads of people followed but Ariel Pink did this stuff first. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Corduroy
Winky Wagon - Best of the Psy-Fi Years

Having recorded three seminal albums for Acid Jazz Records in the early Nineties, legendary British outfit Corduroy moved labels and laid down two pretty incredible records that were soon known to the Addison brothers’ fans as the ‘Psy-Fi Years’. This new compilation Winky Wagon collects the best of this output, with the vinyl coming on special light-blue discs. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lou Hayter
Cherry On Top

Originally appearing at the end of last year and enjoying heavy rotation on BBC 6Music, this is a 12” single release for ‘Cherry On Top’, a piece of feather-light funk that served as the debut solo single for Lou Hayter. The long-of-memory among you may recognise her as a member of the short-lived New Young Pony Club back in the mid-Noughties. Features instrumental and a-cappella versions on the B-side. 
  • Vinyl 12" (BEPOP001)
  • £11.99 £9.59 (saving: £2.40)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Madonna
Who's That Girl (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Madonna was no stranger to acting in 1987 when she starred in Who’s That Girl alongside Griffin Dunne. It was her 5th role. She also performed most of the soundtrack, which just happens to be getting a gleaming reissue on crystal clear vinyl. I say she performed most of the soundtrack as it also includes songs by Scritti Politti, Duncan Faure, Club Nouveau and Michael Davidson. 
  • Vinyl LP (0603497849314)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
  • Soundtracks

Stereo Total
Yéyé Existentialiste

Stereo Total have been around for 20 years apparently and here they have a well deserved best-of compilation, Yéyé Existentialiste, taking form as a double vinyl LP. The Stereo Total sound is generally joyous French pop which whistles along at a pace and has an air of chic that can only be achieved from a French female vocalist. However they bridge many genres along the way, from indie to electro to New Wave and the 28 tracks on this compilation reflect their diversity.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Chris & Cosey
Trance

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. Trance, their second album and released in 1982 via Rough Trade, helped establish their minimalistic, abrasive and skeletal electronic sound. It now gets reissued on gold-coloured vinyl. 

Geowulf
My Resignation

Aussie duo Geowulf return with their second LP. My Resignation is a set of rose-tinted alternative pop/rock tracks that often come with an electronic tang. The likes of lead single ‘I See Red’ combine the wistfulness of Saint Etienne with the sort of bold choruses that PJ Harvey was dealing around the time of Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Larry Gus
Subservient

Subservient is the fourth release for DFA by Larry Gus AKA Panagiotis Melidis. He sings in Greek and English over a mix of pop-oriented funk and Mediterranean rhythms. The album’s theme centres on how to balance family life with his artistic leanings, and really just how to survive when the world is seeming like everything is going wrong.
  • Label(s):
  • DFA
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Paul Vickers And The Leg
Jump

A chance meeting of two veteran acts from the British alternative rock scenes around ten years ago - Edinburgh-based quintet The Leg and ex-Dawn of the Replicants frontman Paul Vickers - produces a fourth collaboration album between the two artists, and the first on their new home of Tenement Records. Jump sees them indulge in yet more idiosyncratic indie with touches of punk, folk and reggae. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Vaselines
Son Of A Gun

A first-ever appearance on 7” vinyl for ‘Son of a Gun’, the classic jangle-pop debut single from Scottish cult heroes The Vaselines, a song which Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain loved enough to cover and bring wider attention to the group. First released in 1987 on 12”, two of the three tracks from that original issue - ‘Rory Rides Me Raw’ and the title track - appear on this limited edition coloured vinyl for Optic Nerve’s Optic Sevens series. 
  • Vinyl 7" (ON206)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Foxes in Fiction
Trillium Killer

Foxes In Fiction is the recording moniker of Warren Hildebrand, a Canadian musician who currently resides in the Big Apple. Trillium Killer is his third album, a patchwork of soundscapes, tape samples, drum machines, vocals, strings and electronic bass sees lo-fi and hi-fi nestling together in perfect harmony. A good thing to know about this fella is that he founded the label Orchid Tapes, and is responsible for putting out early recordings by Sandy (Alex G) and Soccer Mommy.

múm
Menschen am Sonntag - Live in Berlin

As mum return to Berlin for their third time soundtracking the seminal German silent movie Menschen am Sonntag, the band’s Morr Music label has seen fit to release recordings taken from the previous two performances of their score. This 10" features exactly the sort of glitchy-yet-chest-swelling cinematic ambiences that one would expect mum to contribute to such a project.
  • Vinyl 10" (MM159LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Artist(s):
  • Mum
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Rozi Plain
What A Boost

Winchester's finest (other than the cathedral maybe) Rozi Plain is back with a brand new album. Her fourth (we think) is another self produced effort following on from the much acclaimed Friend released on Lost Map back in 2015. She's a busy lass, playing with This Is The Kit as well as touring her own stuff, painting boats, being creative and all those good things. There was a Dinked edition but it's gone now slowpokes.   

Pet Shop Boys
Electric

I haven't kept up with the Pet Shop Boys since about..ooh...It's a Sin but they've continued to release albums every few years to their rabid fanbase. Electric was their 2013 effort which got great reviews and was actually their highest charting album. Looks like I've got some catching up to do....    
  • Label(s):
  • x2
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lou Rebecca
Restless

Restless is the much-anticipated debut album from Lou Rebecca, a synth-pop artist whose sound is influenced by her native Paris and also by way of Austin, where she now lives. Boasting songs written in both French and English, and co-produced with Missions’ Josh Mills, the tracks have the delicacy of pop but the driving rhythms of classic dance music. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Sorry Girls
Deborah

The burgeoning Montreal DIY dream pop outfit, Sorry Girls, release 10-track offering 'Deborah'. It's as much about aesthetics as it is the heartfelt narratives found within their catchy pop formula. Heather Foster Kirkpatrick and Dylan Konrad Obront's debut is crammed with earnest earmworm melodies and candid lyricism - all carefully crafted over a two year period.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Like A Villain
What Makes Vulnerability Good

Like A Villain is New York composer Holland Andrews who makes challenging, visceral work which plays with the limits of her evocative vocal abilities. Her influences include opera and musical theatre which she blends with smudgy ambience and electronica with flourishes of jazz and noise. The result is a raw and fascinating work which sits somewhere in the same ball park of the similarly boundary pushing singers Scott Walker and Diamanda Galas. 

Yacht
Chain Tripping

Dance-punk veterans Yacht give us their seventh studio album, and third on impeccable imprint DFA. Recorded between their home in L.A. and a studio in Texas, Chain Tripping sees Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans in strikingly different mood than normal, utilising AI and machine-learning technology to push their art past new boundaries. 
  • Label(s):
  • DFA
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Various
4 Down - Puzzled Together by Bullion

The fourth annual instalment of the DEEK imprint’s series of cover albums, 4 Down - Puzzled Together… is assembled by Bullion’s Nathan Jenkins (of 'Blue Pedro' fame). Led off with a version of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Kathy’s Song’ and boasting incredible versions of XTC and Mazzy Star among others, it’s another real treat. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Broen
Do You See The Falling Leaves?

Experimental Swedish quartet Broen are Bella Union's next big hope. Their debut 'I Love Art' was a very modern kind of record mixing jazz, psychedelia, hip-hop and everything in between into their great melting pot. They push that vision even further on this album on which they attempt to find new ways to connect with the listener. Indeed the title 'Do You See The Fallen Leaves' is said to reference whether we all see lonely people and can we offer friendship. Nice sentiment.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Essaie Pas
Earth

James Murphy’s DFA heralds the return of Montreal electronic duo Essaie Pas - who include Marie Davidson, who found success last year with her solo hit single ‘Work It’ - with a brand new single. ‘Earth’ is a deliberately retro-sounding collision of Nineties trance and techno, released with another new track ‘Corps Étranger’ and a Marco Passarani remix of the title track. 
  • Label(s):
  • DFA

Prince
The Versace Experience: Prelude 2 Gold

First time on vinyl for the album Prince made to be given to attendees of Versace's collection at Paris Fashion Week 1995. Back then it was a tape only release which over the years has changed hands for eye watering amounts but wait long enough and everything becomes available eventually and so now even us mere mortals can hear the rare and remixed tracks it touted. 

Prince
Dirty Mind

The recently-departed Prince was renowned for his Dirty Mind, and he was never concerned about showing it: the title his third album displays it proudly. So buy this LP reissue (you won’t be stream it online, Prince’s lawyers are too good) and get dirty… It’s what he would have wanted. On Warner Bros.

Prince
Controversy

The recently-departed Prince was always happy to pursue Controversy. This fourth album of his achieves that by combining Prince’s super-sexual obsessions with political comment (see ‘Ronnie, Talk to Russia’ for example). All to the funkiest imaginable synth-grooves, needless to say. Vinyl reissue on Warner Bros.

The Lilac Time
Return To Us

"Return to yesterday" sang the Lilac Time on their 1987 nearly hit of the same name but twenty two years on they announce Return to Us which is their tenth album to date. These days they are all Duffys with leader Stephen 'don't call me Tin Tin' Duffy joined by Claire Duffy and Nick Duffy on an album of further explorations of the gentle folk-inspired melodies that they have always peddled. One of Britain's most underrated songwriters, it's gladdening to see Duffy still going strong on a homely album of world weary musing and sepia-tinted nostalgia.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Dip
Ḣ-Camp Meets Lo-Fi

20th anniversary reissue of H-camp Meets Lo-fi by Dip. Dip were late film composer Johann Johannsson and former Sugar Cubes drummer Sigtryggur Baldursson. The album takes inspiration from the music of ‘60s Italian horror films and adds a bit of synth to create an experimental album on the edges of pop. A bunch of emerging Iclandic guest stars were invited to sing on the album, including Jonsi from Sigur Ros, Emiliana Torrini, Magga Stina, Sara Marti and Asgerdur Juniusdottir.
  • Artist(s):
  • Dip
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Trentemøller
Obverse

Danish producer Anders Trentemøller returns after three years to deliver his fifth studio record. Dabbling in the fertile ground between indie and electronica since he first emerged back in 2006, Obverse sees him force himself out of his comfort zone and compose with little regard as to how to replicate the songs live. 

SPINN
SPINN

Lovely bit of indie jangle from newcomers SPINN here. This lot hail from Liverpool, and there’s certainly a fair bit of the city’s native sound to their eponymous debut LP. The Coral, A Flock Of Seagulls, Echo & The Bunnymen and The La’s can all be traced in SPINN's chest-swelling, slightly wistful pop tunes. Charming record.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kincaid ft. Blancmange
Late For Sum

Father-son collaborations aren’t too common in pop, but the creative bond between Joe Arthur (Kincaid) and his dad Neil Arthur (frontman of English ‘80s synth-pop act Blancmange) is so compelling that they’ve decided to release a six-track mini-album together, following the warm reception given to single ‘Big Fat Head’ earlier this year. Late For Sum includes the original and remixed title track, plus four remixes Kincaid has delivered for Blancmange over the last couple of years. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Comet Gain
Fireraisers, Forever!

Fireraisers, Forever! Is the new album from Comet Gain. Seemingly, they are harking back to the Charlie Brooker/Chris Morris sitcom, Nathan Barley, bemoaning the rise of the idiot. They are the latest in a long line of artists to speak out about the current state of the world. It’s a bit more spiky than their previous album, 2014’s Paperback Ghosts. 

Blood Orange
Angel's Pulse

Oh here he is again. He gets where water won't....and stop sprawling so much on the sleeve. Sit up straight man. Maybe he has good reason to be tired as this mixtape release comes just months after his previous album proper Negro Swan. So it's being marketed as a mixtape rather than an album which seems to mean that it is an addendum of sorts to his last record - a series of sketches and ideas made in the months since. There's guests such as Toro Y Moi and Porches helping out. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Julien Chang
Jules

At only 19 years of age (an age where I had barely learnt to speak) Baltimore resident Julien Chang is readying his debut. Chang (pronounced Chong just so you don't make an idiot of yourself) makes infectious electronic pop with nods to the jazz funk runs of the 70s and 80s. Sorta Toro Y Moi meets George Benson I suppose. Smooth yacht-ish rock that should be played all day long, all night strong. 

Molly Linen
Outside EP

Whilst the Glasgow-based singer-songwriter Molly Linen is freshly graduated this year, her latest EP - 'Outside' - proves that her youthful creative inspiration hasn't dried up just yet. Inspired by the great outdoors, and how exposure to the elements can refresh one's mind, this is a poignant glut of material designed to relax and soothe.
  • Vinyl 10" (GRAT 016)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Pizzagirl
first timer

Check out that cover artwork. Dreamboat alert! And what’s more, pizzagirl has the tunes to back up his dashing good looks. On debut LP first timer the Liverpool-based singer-songwriter serves up some digitised indie-pop full of melody and verve. Opener ‘ball’s gonna keep on rollin’’ draws heavily on Pet Shop Boys while there’s a bit of OK Go to cuts like ‘body biology’.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Gorillaz
Demon Days

Time for a picture disc edition of Gorillaz second album Demon Days. The 'virtual band' had long been known as yet another outlet for the multifarious musical experiments of Damon Albarn but their self titled debut captured the publics imagination in a way a straightforward solo album might not have done. Here it was time to up the guests and the likes of De La Soul, Roots Manuva, Neneh Cherry all made contributions. Being an Albarn project a community choir also made its regulatory appearance. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Heaven's Club
Here There and Nowhere

Heaven's Club is the thing Shiv Mehra does when not touring and recording with his other project Deafheaven. See the titular connection? In this project he collaborates with many others to make a more ethereal, atmospheric sound which are borne out of deep-seated longing at work in their poetic and displaced lyricism. An album length fog of beauty and urgency, ripe for picking.    

Oscar Scheller
HTTP404

Once touted as the saviour of British pop in some quarters, songwriter-for-hire and producer Oscar Scheller returns with his sophomore album HTTP404. Boasting collaborations with Lily Allen, Ashnikko and Sarah Midori Perri of Kero Kero Bonito, it promises a more reflective take on the exuberance of his debut Cut & Paste. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Molina
Vanilla Shell

Molina is Rebecca Molina, a producer and musician from Copenhagen. She makes experimental pop music. Her new 6 track EP, Vanilla Shell, features the tracks Venus and Hey Kids, which have both been critically acclaimed and have seen plenty of activity on YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music, along with new single, Parasito.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Sparrows
Berries

Sparrows is Ryota Miyake from Japanese synth group Crystal. On new album, Berries, he mixes all the best synthy bits Crystal had to offer with inspiration from the Beta Band and the expansiveness of travel. All together it comes out as oddball yet sweet psych pop, ideal for soundtracking a road trip.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Billie Eilish
dont smile at me

Billie Eilish's debut EP 'Don't Smile at Me' was only dropped in 2017, but her almost overnight rise since then has been no less than stratospheric. Typically direct, witchy and powerful, this breakthrough release is where it all began for one of the biggest and most original emerging stars of recent years.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Prefab Sprout
From Langley Park To Memphis

Part of a wider re-issue campaign co-ordinated by Sony with the band’s Paddy and Martin McAloon, Prefab Sprout are re-releasing their third studio album From Langley Park To Memphis. Housing their most famous track, the UK no.7 hit ‘The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’, it was originally released in 1988 and arguably represented the apex of their commercial fortunes. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Yukihiro Takahashi
Saravah!

Just before he properly got going with Japanese electronic innovators Yellow Magic Orchestra in 1978, Yukihiro Takahashi, released a solo album, Saravah! It is an album central to Japanese music of the ‘70s. It is a mix of disco Funk, synth Pop, ambient, French exotica and bossa nova, and as you can probably tell from the album cover, it’s pretty slick.

Gary Numan
Dance

Gary Numan’s fifth album, 1981’s  Dance, gets a much-needed reissue. After squishing the original 50 minute album onto one LP, compromising the sound of the recording, it now gets room to breathe over three sides of vinyl, with a fourth side being filled with singles from the era. Numan’s famed electro-pop gave way to some jazzier stuff as he introduced saxophones to the album. Guests include Mick Karn from Japan and Roger Taylor from Queen. Purple vinyl 2LP on Beggars Banquet
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Belle and Sebastian
Push Barman To Open Old Wounds

'Push Barman To Open Old Wounds' was originally released in 2005, compiling twenty five twee-as-you-like tunes from Belle and Sebatian's early singles and EPs, from 1997's 'Dog On Wheels' to 2001's 'I'm Waking Up To Us'. It includes "The State I Am In", which would later appear on their debut record 'Tigermilk', but for the most part these are rare standalone Belle and Sebastian tunes.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (JPRLP15)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Prefab Sprout
Swoon

Part of a wider re-issue campaign co-ordinated by Sony with the band’s Paddy and Martin McAloon, Prefab Sprout are revisiting their 1984 debut album Swoon. Announcing to the world their distinctive style, it was produced on a small budget yet immediately caught the attention of critics, paving the way for a successful career. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Tony Njoku
Your Psyche's Rainbow Panorama

Your Psyche's Rainbow Panorama by Tony Njoko was inspired by a 150 metre long glass walkway in the Danish city of Aarhus. The walkway was the work of Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson entitled Your Rainbow Panorama. It was the size of the project that inspired Njoku to make this visceral avant-pop version of what he saw, reflect different human emotions in each track.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Bedchamber
Geography

Some lovely shoegazey indie from Indonesian group Bedchamber here. The band’s debut LP Geography does a good line in post-Real Estate dream-pop, all will-o’-the-wisp guitars and gently sighing vocals. From time to time the band ratchet it up a gear to lock into something more sprightly - quicksilver tracks like ‘Falter’ and 'Ride' have more in common with Diiv. All in all Geography is a delightful thing.

Efterklang
Altid Sammen

Danish 4AD signees Efterklang are known for their pop experimentation, flirting with a range of genres including post-rock, indie pop, electronic music and art pop. On ‘Altid Sammen’, their first proper studio album in 7 years, they add baroque instrumentation to their rich musical tapestry. ‘Altid Sammen’ is a record which focuses on themes of togetherness, searching for meaning in nature, death, the afterlife, friendships and the bonds we create with others.
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Prefab Sprout
A Life Of Surprises: The Best Of

A double-album re-issue of A Life of Surprises, the 1992 compilation from often-overlooked English pop band Prefab Sprout. Spanning their first five studio albums, from 1984’s Swoon to 1990’s Jordan: The Comeback, plus two exclusive singles ‘The Sound of Crying’ and ‘If You Don’t Love Me’. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Automatic
Signal

Not to be confused with the utterly cack mid-Noughties band responsible for the irritating ‘Monster’, this Automatic are a three-piece from Los Angeles who’ve gained a reputation for their incendiary live shows, inspired by psychedelia and punk. Signal is their debut studio album, and comes in a special indies-only red vinyl version. 

The Monochrome Set
Fabula Mendax

Riding in on the first wave of post-punk (apologies for the inappropriate surfing analogy), The Monochrome Set got the ears and tongues of Edwyn Collins and Morrissey (back when people still respected him) wagging. The band have also been an influence on Graham Coxon, Divine Comedy and Franz Ferdinand. Their latest album Fabula Mendex, is based on the scribblings of Armande de Pange who was a pal of Joan Of Arc. History and indie pop all at once.

Faux Pas / Uncle Buzzard
That's My Ego / Big Cat

The new singles by Manchester-based indie punks Faux Pas and Leeds-based psych-po 5-piece Uncle Buzzard, come together as a double A-sided 7”. That’s My Ego shows Faux Pas maturing as songwriters as they discuss the pursuit of perfection, whilst Big Cat sees Uncle Buzzard’s shimmering sound shrouding some heavy subject matter.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Dope Lemon
Smooth Big Cat

Dope Lemon is a project from Angus Stone. 'Smooth Big Cat' is the second album under this moniker from Stone. You may remember him as one half of Australian duo Angus & Julia Stone. They played some laid back folk-pop. 'Dope Lemon' is also very laid back but with a little more hazy, lazy, fuzz around the edges. 
  • Label(s):
  • BMG
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Boy & Bear
Suck On Light

Suck On Light is the fourth album by Australian indie rock/folk combo, Boy & Bear. Their frontman, Dave Hosking, suffered from illness. The album was recorded with producer Colin Dupuis and charts his difficult road back to good health and also expresses the euphoria of being fit and well once more. Good on ya, Dave! 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Georgia
About Work The Dancefloor

About Work The Dancefloor by Georgia is euphoric electro-pop that defines the ecstacy of dancing the night, and the early morning, away. It mirrors Georgia’s own experiences with club culture and showcases her ability to blend her influences into a concise dancefloor banger. Includes a remix by The Black Madonna. On Domino.

Mauno
Really Well

Canadian four-piece Mauno present their second studio effort proper, following 2017’s exciting Tuning. Rather than marrying themselves to an overarching concept, Really Well sees them play freer and looser than before, with singer Eliza Niemi’s excellent voice providing the main draw once again. 
  • Vinyl LP (TAR094)
  • £14.75 £13.28 (saving: £1.47)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Pulp
His 'n' Hers

Gangly proto-Brit-poppers Pulp had been lurching around the scene for quite some time when they released 'His 'n' Hers'. Thankfully the album finally rid them of the tag of 'nearly people' that had been following them around and they finally found some crossover success. Tracks like 'Do You Remember the First Time?' and 'Lipgloss' set the scene for what would come next... the number one smash 'Different Class'. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Keane
Cause and Effect

After Roy Keane and perhaps Robbie Keane, post-Coldplay soft-rockers Keane are the third-most-famous of the Keane-clan. We imagine a hewn-from-granite hardman like Roy is positively revolted by the fact that he shares a name with this bunch of Snow Patrolers, but maybe he’s got used to them by now. Or maybe he simply gives them not a second's thought. Anyway, on Cause And Effect - the band’s fifth LP and first for seven years - we find them up to their usual tricks. Expect to hear lead single ‘The Way I Feel’ during TV coverage of football tournaments for the next few years.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

M83
DSVII

If you’re a big M83 (aka Anthony Gonzalez)  fan, as I’m sure lots of you are, you’ll be aware of his 2007 album, Digital Shades Vol. 1, which contained some Eno influenced ambient outtakes that couldn't find a place on any of his albums. 12 years have passed and M83 has amassed  enough material for a second helping, DSVII. This time there’s an ‘80s sci-fi element to the music. Eno is still clearly an influence but there’s evidence he’s been listening to Mort Garson, John Carpenter and Suzanne Ciani, too.
  • Artist(s):
  • M83

Cones
Pictures of Pictures

Cones co-founders Jonathan and Michael Rosen spent their childhood eating cereal and banging along homemade drums to the Bee Gees. Interesting stuff from the press release but crucially it omits to tell us which cereal. Their close upbringing has spread into adulthood with the duo finally releasing their debut LP of lush orchestrated pop inspired by the classic artists of yesterday. I think this is *cone* to be special......... 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

The Juan Maclean
The Brighter The Light

Unfairly overlooked in his Noughties heyday, Juan MacLean returns with the first album under his eponymous electronica project the Juan MacLean in half a decade. His long friendship with one James Murphy probably tells you enough about what it sounds like. Contains the single ‘Zone Non Linear’, and is released by the legendary DFA imprint. 
  • Label(s):
  • DFA
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kate Bush
The Sensual World

She’s not wrong, y’know - it really is a Sensual World that we live in. Kate Bush had a tough task following up Hounds Of Love (who wouldn’t?), but with her sixth studio LP she passed the test with ease. The Sensual World is a quixotic art-pop masterpiece from the artist who wrote the book on such things. Finishes with ‘This Woman’s Work’. Originally released as the ‘80s drew to a close, this new edition has been given a remastering job by Parlophone.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Stone Irr
Performance

Warm and careworn indie from this Los Angeles by way of Indiana native. The move to the coast (doesn't everyone?) has spurred on a more 60s West Coast sound enlightening the previous understated songwriting. The press release compares this to so many artists that it's hard to know where Stone Irr are actually coming from but with Thom Yorke and Sufjan Stevens in the melting point this gives us a good idea of where this is headed. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

sir Was
Holding On To A Dream

Joel Wästberg, best known under his stage name sir Was, is mixing up pop, soul and hip-hop once again for his latest studio effort Holding On To a Dream. Consciously going lo-fi for an authentic vinyl sound, the new album includes a sparkling collaboration with Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano, titled ‘Deployed’. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Eartheater
Metalepsis

Alexandra Drewchin’s Eartheater project continues to go from strength to strength, but it’s her 2015 debut album Metalepsis that gets a re-issue treatment courtesy of Hausu Mountain. Four years later, it’s still striking, like a seriously avant-garde take on the bucolic work of Seventies English folk artists. 

Marc Almond
Stardom Road

Special gold-coloured vinyl re-issue of Stardom Road, the 13th solo album from former Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond. Having not released a record in four years through recovery from a near-fatal road accident, this collection of covers - ranging from Bowie to Andy Williams - plus one original saw him revive his career. 
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP2524C)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Alex Cameron
Miami Memory

Step aside dad rock, Alex Cameron's here and he's got something called stepdad rock in the shape of Miami Memory. It's hard to know exactly what that means but part of it seems to be about looking out rather than in. Musically we've got overwrought and emotional anthems with a bit of saxophone and church organ for good measure.

Prince
Emancipation

Emancipation was the Prince album that saw him wriggle free of his contract with Warner Bros and he subsequently declared it to be his most important album yet. The freedom let Prince experiment freely with an assortment of genres including house music and blues and even toying with a cover of Joan Osbourne's 'One of Us'. This is its first time on vinyl and it comes in a six LP set on purple (natch) vinyl or easier to handle 3CD set.  

Metronomy
Metronomy Forever

Where has Metronomy’s Joseph Mount been since 2016’s Summer 08 album? Well, he’s been hanging out with Robyn and contributing to her album, Honey. He’s back on home turf now though with another Metronomy album called Metronomy Forever. Working with Robyn and moving from Paris back to England to live on a hill have informed and inspired the new set of songs.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kazu
Adult Baby

Having made her name as the lead singer of indie-rock veterans Blonde Redhead, Adult Baby represents the first-ever solo album from Kazu Makino. Featuring contributions from some stellar names include Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier, Son Lux’s Ian Chang and none other than the legendary Ryuichi Sakamoto, the album is an opportunity for the star to reveal a new aspect of her personality. 

Björk
Greatest Hits

Have you ever listened to Bjork and thought 'this sounds interesting but her back catalogue is sprawling and daunting I just want to hear the best bits'? Well we have the answer in Bjork's Greatest Hits. being Bjork she couldn't just do things normally so asked her fanbase to pick their favourite tracks via an online poll. This is a blessing that means her dreadful It's Oh So Quiet debacle is thankfully missing. Also bear in mind that this was originally released in 2002 so you need to look elsewhere for anything after that. Still, a very useful intro.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Spinning Coin
Vision At The Stars

Wee Scottish indie-pop sensations Spinning Coin return with their first new music since 2017s well regarded 'Permo' LP. Again being released by the Pastels Geographic imprint, this first taster has been co-produced by the Peter Pan of indie-pop himself Stephen Pastel. Surely one of the best of the new indie-pop lot this will appeal to fans of Teenage Fanclub, Orange Juice and Josef K.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Alvvays
Alvvays

Even I have to admit that Alvvays debut album was a bit of a classic. The Canadian band hit indie-pop right in its mid-fi heart with a string of chiming gems which recalled the likes of the Delgados and Camera Obscura but with a bit of the Breeders avant rock edge priming it ready for a bigger world than the badge and hairclip brigade. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Belle and Sebastian
Days of the Bagnold Summer

Fiddly-diddly-dee, a new Belle And Sebastian LP. Days Of The Bagnold Summer might be an extremely Belle And Sebastian-type thing to call your record, but it’s actually not a title that the band came up with themselves. Rather, Days Of The Bagnold Summer is Simon Bird’s film of the same name (yes, him from The Inbetweeners), which is itself adapted from a graphic novel by Joff Winterhart. Bird wanted B&S’s 1996 tune ‘Get Me Away From Here I’m Dying’ for the movie, but the band went one better, re-recording both ‘Get Me Away…’ and ‘I Know Where The Summer Goes’ in addition to eleven new tunes.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Jenny Hval
The Practice of Love

Musical witch lady Jenny Hval is back to cast her sonic hexes ‘pon us once more. Hval’s seventh LP The Practice Of Love is another fine work of modern-day Gothicism from the Norwegian artist, one in which she leans a little heavier into the pop stuff than she has done previously. Julee Cruise, Visions-era Grimes and Chromatics are the related artists you’re grappling with on The Practice Of Love.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Twin Peaks
Lookout Low

After the fun diversion that was 2017’s Sweet ‘17 Singles project, the loveable Twin Peaks return to business as usual with another new studio album. 'Lookout Low' was recorded in rural Wales with esteemed rock producer Ethan Johns, who bottles the lightning of the quintet’s live performances and places it on record. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Prince
Chaos and Disorder

Chaos and Disorder was the last album Prince made for Warner Brothers before the big falling out. Despite it featuring some of his most addictive pop tunes yet, he refused to promote it and so it kind of slipped away and has been long out of print. Now he's dead and so there's no-one to for them to argue with, Sony have re-pressed it onto purple (he'd like that bit) vinyl.  

Sequoyah Murray
Before You Begin

Sequoyah Murray steps out with an LP on Thrill Jockey. Before You Begin is a set of synth-heavy and somewhat experimental indie-pop tunes, one that draws on the queer-pop stylings of Perfume Genius, Active Child and How To Dress Well while maintaining the questing soul of Calling Out Of Context-era Arthur Russell. This is a really strong debut record.

Robert Sotelo
Infinite Sprawling

Robert Sotelo returns to Upset The Rhythm with another set of charmingly idiosyncratic ballads. Sotelo has always had a knack for combining the intimacy of your classic singer-songwriter fare with the angular quirk of post-punk - think a plugged-in Richard Dawson, John Maus with the effects switched off, or perhaps a more erstwhile King Krule. Infinite Sprawling chronicles changes in Sotelo's life - a move from London to Glasgow, a final trip to visit his mother in Argentina - with affecting sensitivity. This one has the potential to be a cult hit, so maybe cop Infinite Sprawling early in order to claim bragging rights later on.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Jerkcurb
Air Con Eden

Air Con Eden is the debut album by Jerkcurb, AKA, Jacob Read. The album is the culmination of critical and commercial success that has seen his songs be streamed millions of times and him play a session on BBC 6 Music for Tom Ravenscroft. Lyrically the album focuses on Read’s real life events with occasional fictitious garnish, whilst musically, Richard Hawley, Blue Velvet and Arctic Monkey’s Tranquility Base & Casino give an idea of where he’s heading.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Joseph
Good Luck, Kid

US trio Joseph return with their new album, Good Luck, Kid. They have left behind the folk sound of their first album to make a collection meatier pop/rock songs. The album is supposed to play out like a road movie. The themes are positive, about finding yourself and fighting for what’s important. It was produced by Christian “Leggy” Langdon known for his work with Meg Myers and Charlotte OC.

Broken Chanter
Broken Chanter

David MacGregor from Scottish pop lot Kid Canaveral does the solo thing as Broken Chanter collaborating with a hotchpotch of all stars including Emma Kupa of Mammoth Penguins and members of Withered Hand. It's an opportunity for MacGregor to show the sensitive side of his songwriting crafting heart-tugging songs with an ear for melody.