Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Imperial Teen
Now We Are Timeless

Now We Are Timeless is the sixth album by US indie-rockers, Imperial Teen. The band feature Roddy Bottum, formerly of Faith No More. This is their first album in 7 years, so all you fans out there may have been missing them. I, on the other hand, assumed that their 1996 debut, Seasick, featuring the catchy single, You’re One, was a one-off event. How wrong I was.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Various (The Bangles, The Three O’Clock, The Dream Syndicate and Rain Parade)
3 x 4

3 x 4 is a compilation album featuring The Bangles (yes, they were cool), Rain Parade, The Three O’Clock and Dream Syndicate covering each other’s songs. The bands were all part of the Paisley Underground scene of the early-mid ‘80s. All songs were recorded in 2018. Double LP and CD on Yep Roc.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Jose Gonzalez
Let It Carry You Remixes

2 rather different takes on Jose Gonzalez’s material, taking his soft, warm, folky melodicism and filtering them through banks of electronics. Holy Ghost! do an Italo disco flavoured cut of Let It Carry You, whereas Dino Soccio’s goes for a more mellow-groove disco approach. Lovely approaches from both! 12” on Peacefrog.

Felt
The Pictorial Jackson Review

The Pictorial Jackson Review is not only brilliantly titled but is one of the best of the latter day Felt records. It's full of wonderfully brief tunes which more often than not sound comically in thrall to Bob Dylan. Try listening to How Spook Got Her Man without thinking of the grizzled troubadour. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Ex:Re
Ex:Re

Ex:Re, pronounced Ex Ray or even X-Ray, is the new solo project from Daughter guitarist and vocalist, Elena Tonra. Her eponymous debut is a break-up album, sort of. It existence stems from a need for an emotional release following a relationship break-up but none of the songs mention the break-up or the relationship. Features the single, ‘Romance’. LP and CD on 4AD
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  • 4AD
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Jasmine Minks
Step By Step

Most of you will remember Alan McGee’s Creation label, but do you remember The Jasmine Minks? The Aberdeen indie-pop band were the first band McGee signed way back in 1984. They released a bunch of singles and four of their six albums on the label. The last time we heard from them was the Poppy White EP in 2010. Now they’re back with Step By Step b/w Gravity. Limited edition of 300 copies on A Turntable Friend.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Natalie Prass
The Future and the Past

Natalie Prass was so appalled at the Trump election result that she re-wrote her album to reflect her swirling emotions. She then chose to wear a bow-tie on the album sleeve but the less said about that the better. 'The Future and the Past' taps into 80s pop, 90's r&b with some emotional ballads thrown in amongst a myriad of technicolour grooves.    
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

J. McFarlane's Reality Guest
Ta Da

J. McFarlane breaks temporarily from Twerps to pursue a solo project. A minimalist construction of keyboards, feather-touch guitars, wind instrumentation and songwriting that can only be summed up by the irritating word 'quirky', Ta Da was originally issued in her native Australia via Hobbies Galore, but now gets a worldwide release on Night School. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

SadGirl
Water

The lack of space in SadGirl’s name is important. Water is an album of double-retro piano-led pop that yearns for that time in the ‘70s when people loved remembering the moonlit pop of the ‘50s - albeit with a distinctly modern edge. Google Sad Girl with a space, however and you’ll find yourself in a different sound world, listening to some brooding electronica. On Suicide Squeeze.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Sarasara
Orgone

As anyone who knows their Peep Show can attest, negative orgones are generally to be avoided while positive orgones should be hunted down with glee. Sarasara’s sophomore LP is an Orgone that falls into the latter category - if a guest spot from Peter Doherty doesn’t scream benign energy then we just don’t know what does. On this record the French chanteuse spools out electronic pop of the sort that one tends to associate with FKA Twigs.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Olympia
Flamingo

Australian singer/songwriter and guitarist, Olivia Jayne Bartley, makes music under the name Olympia. Flamingo is her second album, following on from 2016’s Self Talk. Judging by lead track, Hounds, Flamingo will be an album of punchy, 6 Music-friendly alt-pop which could well shift a few units.

BABii
HiiDE

Described as sounding like literally everything all the way from Grimes to fka Twigs this is the debut album from producer BABii (pronounced...um... Babii) and it's produced by none other than Sir Adrian Sherwood (On-U-Sound System). Expect hook laden electronica with dark industrial undercurrents and if you are very quick there'll be a super duper Dinked version. On Death Waltz Originals. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Hot Chip
A Bath Full of Ecstasy

How nice of them. Hot Chip got lots of pleasure from making this latest album of theirs and they want to pass that joy onto the listener. Some may say that it would have been even nicer of them to keep it to themselves. That said if they bring some joy into some peoples world who are we to argue. Expect joyful dance pop led by a tiny voice.   
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Fake Laugh
Honesty / Surrounded

We loved his debut self titled album from last year which promised a new talent who could get close to the classic 80s indie songwriters like Roddy Frame or Paddy McAloon. Kamran Khan has the sort of talent that it's hard to bottle  - a fluid melodicism that makes his dream pop glide above everything else in the genre.  

Haruomi Hosono
Cochin Moon

Cochin Moon is Haruomi Hosono’s 5th solo album, inspired by a trip to India and set as the soundtrack to a non-existent Bollywood film. The record was originally released in 1978 and as such was massively ahead of its time with its manic electronic instrumentation. FFO Cluster, Aphex Twin. Artwork was provided by Tadanori Yokoo.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Aries
Juramento Mantarraya

Isabel Fernández Reviriego - the former singer of Charades - comes through with her latest LP as Aries. Juramento Mantarraya is a delightful record that kaleidoscopes a multitude of styles into a bright and shiny electro-indie sound. This album bursts at the seams with ideas, and Reviriego is a charismatic ball of positivity up front. Dirty Projectors would be pleased to have made Juramento Mantarraya.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lydia Ainsworth
Phantom Forest

Juno-nominated singer, all-round auteur and Botticelli fan Lydia Ainsworth presents her third studio album. An exercise in fantasy world-building, Phantom Forest promises to be the Canadian’s most ambitious record yet. This is pop music produced with the ear of a composer, which finds a place for both live and programmed instrumentation.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Björk
Post

Post-Bjork? Her third solo record followed on from the gleeful and smooth Debut, and offered more of the same with slight experimental tinges that would reveal a more thoughtful and endlessly imaginative artist. With a huge backing band behind her and a knack for the sinister, Post started to hint at a new incarnation.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Björk
Vespertine

At the time, just after the turn of a new century, Vespertine felt like a logical progression from Homogenic, released four years previously. The increased orchestral presence is rich and lush, backed with more considered, detailed beats and songs which travel from the dark and folkloric to movingly romantic. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Björk
Debut

It's called Debut because Bjork may be an accomplished, brilliant, wise pop musician, but she is also apparently a liar (in this small, irrelevant case only). This is actually her second solo record, and it's the best place to find the trip-hop, soft dance, good time version of an artist who went on to be a lot more elusive and challenging than this. "Crying" is actually laughing.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Mega Bog
Dolphine

Mega Bog is the somewhat misleading recording name of Erin Elizabeth Birgy. Misleading because her music mixes Joni Mitchell’s jazz-flecked albums with Laurie Anderson’s late ‘80s output rather than some sludgy-riffing rock band the name may conjure up. On her fifth album, Dolphine, she is joined by members of Big Thief, Hand Habits and Iji. On Paradise Of Bachelors.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Night Moves
Can You Really Find Me

Minneapolis duo, Night Moves, were likened to The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev and Band of Horses when they hit town with their debut album Colored Emotions back in 2012. Their music was based on classic American pop and rock - Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, Todd Rundgren - and twisted to make new cosmic shapes. Can You Really Find Me is their fourth album and finds them maturing. They’ve still got the hooks and the riffs, but now there’s an added emotional quality too.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

New Order
Republic

Remember Republic? The New Order album with sleeve art that looks like a straight-to-video action movie languishing in a VHS bargain bin? Here it is reissued, by Rhino. The 1993 album includes the hit ‘Regret’, and was the last thing released by the band before their long hiatus. Remastered audio!

Daughter Of Swords
Dawnbreaker

Break up albums have a habit of being mopey and sad. And that's okay! But these forget the other kind of break up. The kind that offers a fresh start and a new beginning. Daughter Of Swords' Dawnbreaker is just that. Optimistic, hopeful, and grounded. Alexandra Sauser-Monnig captures that hope, and the fear, with this collection of comforting indie-folk songs.

Echo Ladies
Echo Ladies

If you’re looking for the precise intersection of Alvvays, The Jesus and Mary Chain and New Order, then Echo Ladies’ EP could be exactly what you need for those late nights lying (alone) on your bedroom floor. Defining their sound as, “the feeling of nostalgia and hope for the future mixed with angst”, these Swedish school-friends are giving shoegaze the defiant female vocals it needs. 

Bamboo
Daughters Of The Sky

Third studio album from Bamboo, the project formed by Peepholes’ Nick Carlisle and Trash Kit’s Rachel Horwood. Taking inspiration from the florid beauty of classic folk and the pristine ambient productions of Berlin-era Bowie, Daughters of the Sky is thematically underpinned by motherhood and nature. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Liela Moss
A Little Bit Of Rain

Such is her desire to have things neatly categorised, Leila Moss follows up her impressive debut, My Name Is Safe In Your Mouth, with an EP of songs about rain. A Little Bit Of Rain features her versions of tracks by Eurythmics, The Cure, Scott Walker and Ann Peebles. The title nods in the direction of ‘60s folk icon Karen Dalton, who has been a huge influence on Moss.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Echobelly
On

Everything was simpler back in the ‘90s, wasn’t it. New Labour. ‘Three Lions’. The Millennium Bug. Lovely old job. Slap bang in the middle of the decade we found ourselves contending with Echobelly’s sophomore LP On, a fine collection of Breeders-inspired Britscuzz. Fast forward to the present day and you’ve got yourself this here reissue.

Weval
The Weight

Amsterdammer electro post-pop duo Weval return to Kompakt with The Weight. But are they a lesser or a greater Weval these days? The signs point to the latter with The Weight showing the pair’s knack for channelling all their disparate inspirations into warm, coherently multicoloured pop swish.

Vital Idles
EP

Glasgow’s Vital Idles follow up 2018’s debut LP, Left Hand, with a new EP simply titled, EP. Their music recalls The Velvet Underground, Young Marble Giants and The Raincoats in a kinda post-punk-meets-indie-pop way. So, this is a good thing, we are sure of it. 4-track 7” EP on Upset The Rhythm.

Stephen Duffy
I Love My Friends

While it made very little commercial impression at the time, former Duran Duran co-founder and The Lilac Time member Stephen Duffy garnered rave reviews, and a cult following including a certain Robbie Williams, for his emotionally raw 1998 solo album I Love My Friends. Just over two decades later, it receives a well-deserved release on vinyl for the first time ever.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Cherushii & Maria Minerva
s/t

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Divino Nino
Foam

Heavily rhythmical and soulful Latinx guitar-pop rules on Foam, the latest effort from bi-lingual Spanish/English outfit Divino Nino. Hailing from Chicago but founded on a childhood friendship from Bogota between between guitarist Camilo Medina and bassist Javier Forero, these ten tracks are masterfully observed marriages of different musical traditions. 

Travis
Live at Glastonbury 1999

Double-LP live album of Travis’ momentous set on the Other Stage at Glastonbury 1999. With their star-making second album The Man Who released only a month before, their televised performance shot them to international recognition. Those who were there remember a gloriously sunny day being serendipitously interrupted by a downpour during ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me?’ 

Travis
The Man Who (20th Anniversary Edition)

20th anniversary re-issue of The Man Who, the multi-platinum, BRIT Award-winning album that briefly put Travis at the top table of British guitar acts in the aftermath of Britpop. Beyond gutted that noted Travis-fan and post-Britpop theorist Robin no longer works at Norman because his description would have been a lot better than this. 

Julian Lynch
Rat's Spit

Rat’s Spit is the new album from Real Estate guitarist and Norman Records favourite, Julian Lynch. His music generally sounds like a slightly weirder, less pop, more fractured version of his parent band, but is certainly not lacking in quality. It’s his 7th album, but first since 2013’s Lines. It sees him mining inspiration from Tears For Fears, Kate Bush, George Clinton, Cocteau Twins, Yes and Steve Vai (Steve Vai?! really?! but he had custom-made guitars with carrying handles cut out of them!) Anyway, if the past is anything to go by, it should be a good ‘un. LP on Ya Reach / Underwater Peoples.
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Two Door Cinema Club
False Alarm

Northern Irish indie rock band Two Door Cinema Club fourth album, False Alarm, finds them in a creative mood. They’re pretty confident in their abilities, four albums in, so have been making an experimental off-kilter blend future pop, funk, soul and disco - with pleasing results. LP and CD on Prolifica Inc.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Fenne Lily
On Hold

The debut LP from young Londoner Fenne Lily is a set of contemplative indie-rock tunes in the Angel Olsen/Cat Power/King Krule mould. On Hold is full of meditations on the usual stuff (growing up, friendship, love, youth etc), and it’s anchored by Lily’s husky voice - she has a singing style that manages to be both tender and powerful at the same time.

ARTHUR
Woof Woof

The press release for Woof Woof by Arthur is as enigmatic as the mononymous artist’s name would suggest. What I can tell you, however, is that it’s an album of twisted, weird mid-fi pop that calls to mind The Avalanches, Cornelius and Connan Mockasin in places. There’s all sorts going on, probably derived from myriad different sources. On PLZ Make It Ruins.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

KT Tunstall
BBC Live Sessions

Over the years, guitar troubadour KT Tunstall has turned up and recorded at the BBC a few times: revisiting the sessions, some of them sounded quite good, so now here we go with a proper EP release. BBC Live Sessions includes some early-period treats, including a Jools Holland performance that kind of began Tunstall’s rise to fame. Vinyl with download.

Sufjan Stevens
Enjoy Your Rabbit

Originally released in 2001 before ‘Michigan’ and ‘Illinois’, Sufjan Steven’s ‘Enjoy Your Rabbit’ foretells his 2010 electronic ‘Age Of Adz’. Though overlooked by many, there are fans who regard ‘Enjoy Your Rabbit’ as Sufjan’s greatest work. Departing from the singer-songwriter format of his debut Asthmatic Kitty Records album, ‘A Sun Came’, this is a collection of fourteen colourful instrumental compositions combining Sufjan’s noted gift for melody with electronic sounds to create an unusually playful and human - not to mention humane - electronic experience. Great for dancing, driving, writing, cooking, painting, running, walking and, of course, eating Chinese food, ‘... Rabbit’ features nearly eighty minutes of music that will truly soothe the savage breast, whatever that means.

Metronomy
Nights Out

Way before they became a curly-haired pop phenomena, Metronomy were a weird little electro band. This is the first album where they started to write 'proper' songs and have a man sing them. "Heartbreaker' particularly foreshadows their increasingly endearing rinky-dink pop. 10th anniversary re-issue 2LP on Because.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Tusks
Avalanche

Following the critical success she enjoyed with her 2017 debut LP Dissolve, producer, musician and composer Emily Underhill returns for her second Tusks album. Inviting comparisons with post-rock masters like Sigur Ros and Mogwai, Avalanche will be sure to boost Underhill’s profile even further. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Crumb
Jinx

High-school project turned full-time band Crumb release their first full-length album in June, following the warm reception given to their previous EPs Crumb (2016) and Locket (2017). Two years’ worth of intense touring have sharpened this Brooklyn four-piece’s mix of psychedelic rock and jazz, which can be heard on Jinx. 

Dressy Bessy
Fast Faster Disaster

20 years into their career, Denver, Colorado indie-rockers Dressy Bessy release their eighth album, Fast Faster Disaster. The band follow an if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it philosophy. For fans this means more sharp lyrical content, earworming melodies and some rockin’ tunes. The band have connections with the Elephant 6 collective in that guitarist, John Hill, also plays for Apples In Stereo.

Emmy The Great
First Love

A 10th anniversary vinyl re-issue of First Love, which was a slow-burning success story for Emma-Lee Moss, a.k.a. Emmy The Great, when released as her debut album in early 2009. The new edition is accompanied by new liner notes written by Moss herself, plus a digital download code for the full album and a handful of bonus tracks. 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Mike Adams At His Honest Weight
There Is No Feeling Better

Do you like your guitar pop to come via ‘60s and ‘70s influences such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, The Beatles and Big Star? Then There Is No Feeling Better, the new album by Mike Adams At His Honest Weight, is just the thing for you. Jangling riffs and glorious melodies and harmonies abound.

Cold Showers
Love and Regret

Los Angeles-based shoegaze/punk merchants Cold Showers deliver a re-pressing of their 2012 debut album Love and Regret, coming in tandem with the release of their third studio effort Motionless in 2019. Infused with melodies alongside their angular soundscapes, it’s an appropriate time to revisit an influential debut. 

Tamu Massif
Little Death Summer

Tamu Massif turns in his debut full-length, the product of many deep insular creative sessions. Little Death Summer finds Tamu drawing in snatches of sounds from around him as he goes through daily life, with street chat and ambiguous soundscapes worked into a pleasant sound-bed for Tamu’s chilled-out beats and vocals. On Chiverin.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Kishi Bashi
Omoiyari

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

The Zephyrs
The Witches / The Crown Prince of Lies

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

Everything Everything
Arc

Arc was the second full length record from Manchester art-rockers Everything Everything. It distilled their none-more-complex song structures into something a little more streamlined than debut Man Alive leading to a much more listenable album that was easier for fans to get their claws into. An important stop on their journey which has yielded two Top 5 albums (including this one). 
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Saint Etienne
Home Counties

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

Sarah Cracknell
Take The Silver

Take The Silver is the second single from Sarah Cracknell’s Red Kite album. Take The Silver draws its influence from ‘60s pop, similar to her band Saint Etienne, but without the dance influence. The limited edition 7” is backed with the exclusive cut Sleepytown. Packaged in a die-cut sleeve with a unique postcard.
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  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Lust For Youth
Lust For Youth

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

Jackie Cohen
Zagg

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

Prince
Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic

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

Various
Twenty Years Of Moshi Moshi

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

Cigarettes After Sex
EP I

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

Wovoka Gentle
Start Clanging Cymbals

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

Various
C87

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

Naytronix
Air

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

HOO
Centipede Wisdom

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

Yohuna
Mirroring

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

The Divine Comedy
Office Politics

Ever the master of wry observation and pat humour about everyday life, even as he approaches the fourth decade of his career, veteran songwriter Neil Hannon rolls out the 12th the Divine Comedy album, Office Politics. This time, however, Hannon is apparently changing up the chamber-pop formula by introducing synthesisers… stay tuned! 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Pixx
Small Mercies

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

Joan As Police Woman
Joanthology

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

Fujiya & Miyagi
Flashback

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

Grace Lightman
Fangs

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

Paul Den Heyer
Everything So Far

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

Weezer
Weezer (Teal Album)

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

Marina
LOVE + FEAR

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

Sacred Paws
Run Around The Sun

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

Depeche Mode
Music For The Masses | The 12" Singles

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

Fret
Salford Priors + Versions

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

Samana
Ascension

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

Various
Electrical Language: Independent British Synth Pop 78-84

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

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

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

The Charlatans
Melting Pot

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

Saint Etienne
Tiger Bay (Deluxe Edition)

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

Pete Um
As You Were

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

Patience
Dizzy Spells

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

Mercury Rev
Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited

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

Cate Le Bon
Reward

You know what? Everything Cate Le Bon involves herself in is of interest. Le Bon’s previous work has encompassed all manner of sounds and quirks; think pop music with a difference. The far-afield sounds of psychedelia, art pop, indie rock and pop meet with wistful guitar lines, fanciful vocals, intriguing lyrics and melodies which skip and wander. Quirky and beautiful songs, delivered with Le Bon's distinct Welsh Valleys lilt.
  • Vinyl LP (MEX2501)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

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

Television Personalities
Some Kind Of Happening: Singles 1978-1989

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

Toth
Practice Magic And Seek Professional Help When Necessary

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

Gia Margaret
There's Always Glimmer

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

Cold Showers
Motionless

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

Madonnatron
Musica Alla Puttanesca

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

Big Tide
Sync Or Swim

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

Morrissey
California Son

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

Blancmange
The Blanc Tapes

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

Joan As Police Woman
Live At The BBC

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

The House Of Love
She Paints Words In Red

Although the 2014 era version of the House of Love was sonically very unlike the original band there are still plenty of merits in what they produced. The sound was a bright, melodic form of indie with plenty of nods to the Velvet Underground. She Paints Words In Red is the second post reformation album and it is a right toe tapper.     
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP2427C)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Pop / Experimental Pop / Electro-Pop

Prince
Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic

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

Teleman
Family of Remixes

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