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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?

Suggested Friends
Turtle Taxi

Oh God now we get bands named after phrases we see on the internet every day.  Suggested Friends are a DIY, queer-punk band out of deepest Norfolk who blend their lo-fi credentials with a tongue-in-cheek take on big 80s rock. They self-identify as the sweet spot between Weezer and Abba ...two awful bands I hope you'll agree. Doesn't bode well but maybe they will cancel each other out. The appearance of Emma Kupa (Mammoth Penguins etc) suggests it will be better than all that and that they will be coming to Indietracks in 2020. Mark my words.      

The Ballet
Matchy Matchy

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

Mammoth Penguins
There Is No Fight We Can’t Both Win

Indie pop and power aren’t words you usually find in the same sentence when describing a band, but when describing Mammoth Penguins you do. Sure enough, Emma Kupa’s vocals and guitar fit the indie-pop aesthetic, but the power generated by her rhythm section means that altogether they create quite a racket. There Is No Fight We Both Can't Win is their new album. LP and CD on Fika.

We Show Up On Radar
Zanzibar Whip Coral

We Show Up On Radar is a playful project, by a fella named Andy Wright. Folk-pop is his vibe, and on tracks like ‘Giant Dinosaur vs Sea Monster’ and ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (Part 1)’ he whips up a storm of bright lyrics and lively performativity. Zanzibar Whip Corals is released by Fika.

The Just Joans
Has Anybody Seen My Boy?

Two new songs from glum sibling centric Glaswegian indie rockers. The Just Joans, formed in 2005, are built around the tempestuous relationship only siblings can have, here provided by Katie and David Pope. Has Anybody Seen My Boy shows them capitalising off the energy of 2017's You Might Be Smiling Now... for a fresh opportunity to show off how miserable they are. 

Mikey Collins
Hoick

Mikey Collins was the drummer in indie-pop heroes ‘Allo Darlin’. Hoick is his debut solo album and but for a little help from ‘Allo Darlin’ guitarist, Paul Rains and Tigercats’ Laura Kovic he plays all the instruments himself. For this album musical influences have been taken from Bruce Springsteen, Dexy’s Midnight Runners and Norman staff ‘favourite’ Father John Misty, to name a few. Lyrically the album explores the sea, love and friendship. LP and CD on Fika.

The Smittens
City Rock Dove

I knew it! The Smittens are a twee indie pop band out of Vermont with a nice line in jangly indie charm but you know what they are obsessed with don't you? What in fact all twee indie pop bands are obsessed with. Dirty grinding filthy sex. They talk about nothing else in the press release. It's all sex, sex sex with these people.   

Jessica’s Brother
Jessica’s Brother

The debut LP from London trio Jessica’s Brother arrives courtesy of Fika (Tigercats, Allo Darlin’). The Dirty Three and Neil Young are the comparisons that most readily spring to mind with Jessica’s Brother. These ten tunes, rooted in folk techniques but not afraid to plug in, come with a liberal sprinkling of fiddle and the fine piercing tenor of singer/songwriter Tom Charleston.

Freschard & Stanley Brinks
Midnight Tequila

Midnight Tequila is the second collaboration between French indie chanteuse Freschard and former Herman Dune frontman Stanley Brinks and follows on from their 2014 effort, Pizza Espresso. Here you’ll find a collection of songs that have an irresistible late night sing-a-long charm, tempered with a few dazed ballads. Pale blue coloured vinyl on Fika.

Stanley Brinks
Peanuts

Sometimes you just run out of ideas and names and you call your album Peanuts. I'm okay with it though Stanley Brinks certainly doesn't need my approval. The songwriter's been having a blast recently, making folksy good-time records with the Wave Pictures; this solo record offers an all alone iteration of his quixotic anti-folk troubadorings. 

Stanley Brinks & The Wave Pictures
Wakefield

Raging through the European calypso-folk-underground, Herman Dune has been making cheerful singalong songs since the 1990s. After changing his name to Stanley Brinks, his music has become less organized and even more endearing. Wakefield, taken from his new album My Ass, and b-side Dolores, will leave you with a wide grin.

Math and Physics Club
Lived Here Before

Flawless sons-in-law 3-man incarnation of the word ‘adorkable’ Math and Physics Club are treating us to their 5th album already. Lived Here Before features more of their sweet and nostalgic indiepop, using acoustic guitars, plain and well-chosen bass-lines, and the occasional ukulele to paint a perfectly romantic portrait of life on the American West Coast. 

The Just Joans
You Might Be Smiling Now...

Delicious poppy alternative rock songs from this Scottish outfit, combining simplistic lyrics with a soft harmonic vocal backdrop, and lots of atmosphere and space making sonic devices like tambourines and hand claps. It's emotionally open and draws, delightfully, on alternative 90s indie and 60s girl groups.

The Just Joans
No Longer Young Enough

The Just Joans are another winsome indie-pop band who are doing pretty well for themselves now that people like twee-pop again. For ten years they have been making the kind of heartfelt music that will appeal to fans of Magnetic Fields and the Pastels and here discuss the realisation that you'd prefer a quiet night in than going clubbing...a conclusion I came to about 20 years ago.  

The Hayman Kupa Band
The Hayman Kupa Band

When dreams come true  - part 435. Darren Hayman was watching Emma Kupa's band Standard Fare one night and thought to himself "I'd like to be in a band with her". So he made it happen at here it is. The two songwriters shared ideas, wrote songs together then asked a couple of musician pals to help flesh out the sound. Hey presto a new collaboration that plays to the songwriters strengths. Lovely.  

Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums
Better Friends

Bill Botting was the bass player of Allo Darlin’ until their recent dissolution, but he’s now back in action fronting The Two Drink Minimums, which also contains Darren Hayman and Jonny from The Wave Pictures, among others. Better Friends is some sweetly melodic indie-pop with country leanings, sounding very comforting. Out on Fika / Where It's At Is Where You Are.

Enderby’s Room
Enderby’s Room

Enderby’s Room is the project of Dan Mayfield, a violin player whose cropped up alongside Daniel Johnston and Allo Darlin’ among many others over the years. This band, named for an Anthony Burgess character, is an intimate ensemble sketching out the delicate folk outlines of Mayfield’s songs, written over the course of the last decade. CD / LP release on Fika.

Enderby’s Room
My Old Friend

Enderby’s Room head honcho Dan Mayfield seems like a good egg. Having played fiddle for Daniel Johnston and The Wave Pictures, he also runs a project called School of Noise that encourages children to experiment with unusual music-making techniques. That same willingness to engage others and foster positive creation is apparent on this lovely, brief collection of folksy pop and skiffle. 300 copies.

Stanley Brinks and The Old Time Kaniks
Vieilles Caniques / Nouvelles Caniques

This new album from Stanley Brinks will appeal to fans of Herman Düne, because Mr Düne is in fact Mr Brinks! Here he teams up with Norwegian folk group The Old Time Kaniks to explore a pleasing avenue of calypso-folk that he takes to like a duck to water. Double album Vieilles Caniques / Nouvelles Caniques is released by Fika in 2CD and 2LP editions.

Stanley Brinks and The Kaniks
Turtle Dove

Stanley Brinks, perhaps better known as Andre Herman Dune, follows two collaborative albums with The Wave Pictures by collaborating with Norwegian Folk group The Kaniks. Recorded on a remote Norwegian island and inspired by midnight swims and midnight beer drinking, Brinks and the Kaniks recorded three albums. Turtle Dove is the first to see the light of day. Pressed on blue vinyl and housed in gatefold sleeve.

Cosines
Transitions

The Cosines (Alice Hubley and Simon Nelson) met in 2009 on a London tube train after attending a Stero Totale gig. Hubley asked Nelson to "go round and unblock her drains" and, a shelf, two curtain rails and a blind later they finally got down to the nitty gritty and formed a band.  Drawing comparisons to New Order and Stereolab, with some Kraut Rock seasoning chucked in, Cosines now bring you this lovely 10" vinyl EP, courtesy of Fika records.

Palomica
Petito

Quirky bedroom-recorded indie pop from Bristol's Nicol Parkinson, aka Palomica. With influences such as Jad Fair and Tori Kudo’s Maher Shalal Hash Baz clearly audible, 'Petito' takes pretty pop songs with vast lyrical content, then presents them against a backdrop of deliberately careless and brilliantly confusing instrumentation. Available on vinyl with 'pigeon splatter'. Ace.

Stanley Brinks & The Wave Pictures
My Ass

Stanley Brinks (who you might know best as the guy for Herman Dune) has built up a good working rapport with The Wave Pictures, and My Ass finds their collaboration in as fine a condition as ever. Several tracks have the names of cities, and wittily document experiences there. A jaunty collection released on CD and ‘camel coloured vinyl’ by Fika.
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Sunturns
Christmas I & II

Sunturns are a group made up, seemingly, of all the Norwegian musicians who really like Christmas. For Christmas I & II is a set of original seasonal songs, boosted with a couple of covers (including of Low’s marvellous ‘Just Like Christmas’). Released on 1 white LP and 1 red LP on Fika.

Darren Hayman
Florence

English songwriter Darren Hayman returns with another album of stripped down songwriting in Florence. With 14 albums to his name Hayman offers a steady hand of experience and a DIY aesthetic. Written and recorded in his friend’s apartment in Firenze, Italy, it’s a homely collection of acoustic guitar numbers. Out on vinyl LP from Fika.

Stanley Brinks & The Wave Pictures
Berlin / It's Complicated

Ex-Herman Dune member Stanley Brinks spent time touring with the likes of Jeffrey Lewis and K Records supremo Calvin Johnson before deciding to settle in Berlin. Brinks has recorded four albums with The Wave Pictures, including the forthcoming record My Ass. Berlin is the first single to be taken from the album and is a typically melodic ode to the city that Brinks’ now calls home.
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Owl & Mouse
Departures

With the sweet Australian voice of Hannah Botting, Owl & Mouse are treating us to another album. Gentle pop songs emerge from careful orchestrations on Departures, the band featuring an expanded cast of musicians. A great record for when you really need to bury your melancholy. Or for when you like pretty songs, of course.

Tigercats
Isle Of Dogs

From the first chords, you know this is a scrumptious indierock treat. 2012’s Isle of Dogs is finally reissued on vinyl for everybody who missed the boat the first time, right as Tigercats’ second album (Mysteries) is released. What convenient timing for all you fans of lighthearted and honest indiepoprock in all its distorted catchiness!

Tigercats
Harper Lee / Cats Run Free


  • Vinyl 7" (FIKA019)
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Red Shoe Diaries
When I Find My Heart...


  • Vinyl 10" (Fika009)
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Moustache Of Insanity
Album of Death