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Spotinews recomendation
05.12.14

Hello. Their last album came out in the 1990s. Now they are back with a new one and it’s a goodie. Genre: indie pop. Enjoy The Popguns! The Popguns – Pop FictionFiled under: 2014...

Under The Radar review
28.09.14

We can be honest here. Unless you're somewhat unbelievably hip, we can agree the main reason we know about The Vaselines is Kurt Cobain. More

NME review
03.12.14

The cult Glaswegian duo find their spark dimming on their third effort

Clash review
23.10.14

A band whose albums are always worth waiting for…

NME review
06.10.14

The cult Glaswegian duo find their spark dimming on their third effort

Under The Radar review
11.07.14

Slow Club have never quite got the credit it deserves. Too fey to be hipster, too awkward to be mainstream, the Sheffield, U.K.-formed/London-based duo of Rebecca Taylor and...

Clash review
04.08.14

Rarely have Slow Club sounded this full, this bold...

NME review
21.07.14

The Sheffield pair add soul, strings and brass for a shot at the big time

NME review
09.07.14

Perennial outsiders return with seventh album of melancholy and hope

Insound review
12.08.14

Recorded at Soup Studios with producer Simon Trought at the helm, and inspired by the psycho-geography of walks in North London woods and in the forgotten grey hinterland of the...

Under The Radar review
13.05.14

Brooklyn's Pains of Being Pure at Heart, the pop vehicle for songwriter Kip Berman and a rotating circle of musician-friends, continues to shift and contort its sound three albums...

Clash review
13.06.14

This is power pop at its purest…

NME review
09.06.14

No more C86 jangles from the NYC bunch as '80s synth-pop becomes their new go-to sound

Spotinews recomendation
02.06.14

Morning. The new album by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart was added for US listeners some weeks back. Now it has been added for Europe as well. Genre: pop. Enjoy! The Pains of...

The Quietus review
29.05.14

God this is meh. This is whole new level of meh. This is maximum meh. How is that even possible? Isn't meh supposed to be, by definition, nothingy, incapable of inciting anything...

Alt Press review
15.05.14

Insound review
08.04.14

Indie pop icons Architecture In Helsinki will be releasing their new album NOW + 4EVA , we reckon it’s going to be packed of amazing tracks evident of their highly polished sound.

Under The Radar review
15.04.14

Moving from indie oddballs to pop pleasure-seekers should have been easy for Architecture in Helsinki, but the Australian ensemble are hampered by a desire to be taken seriously...

NME review
17.03.14

Group take the minimalist approach on third album

NME review
27.01.14

The Hidden Cameras’ defiant sexual politics are still vital

The Line of Best Fit review
24.01.14

Swedish band emerge from a four year hibernation with a punchy, jangly return.

Spotinews recomendation
04.02.14

Hey again. The new album by Lacrosse is a fairly recent addition to Spotify. Genre: pop. Enjoy! Lacrosse – Are You Thinking of Me Every Minute of Every Day?Filed under: 2014, Pop

NME review
18.11.13

Fanfarlo in 2013 are unrecognisable

Spotinews recomendation
14.11.13

Hi. The new album by Gap Dream was just added to Spotify. Genre: pop. Enjoy! Gap Dream – Shine Your LightFiled under: 2013, Pop

Insound review
03.12.13

Super amazing follow up to last year's self-titled debut, Shine Your Light is a Burger Masterpiece! Gap Dream combines all the best parts of glam, psychedelia, synth,-pop and rock...

Under The Radar review
28.11.13

After Cleveland's Gap Dream brought together elements of Spiritualized and '60s rock/pop on last year's debut album, these latest recordings find linchpin Gabe Fulvimar heading...

Under The Radar review
01.11.13

Few British bands walk the indie walk as devotedly as Los Campesinos!. Since releasing their debut LP Hold On Now, Youngster... in 2008, the Cardiff-bred sextet have continued to...

Punk News review
19.03.14

I saw Los Campesinos! a few years back on the Romance Is Boring tour. While my friend and I stood in a half-filled room at Chicago's Metro for an early all ages show, we became...

Clash review
06.11.13

A consistently infectious fifth studio LP...

The Quietus review
17.09.13

The 'Weird Sisters' of Macbeth function as the perverse moral conscience of the play: sensing and toying with the innate hubris and arrogance of the eponymous protagonist, they...

Under The Radar review
28.11.13

As you might expect from an act whose members met in an anger management course, then twisted the name of pretty-voiced girl-with-a-harp Joanna Newsom into something that sounds...

Clash review
22.08.13

An inconsistent set of flipsides...

The Quietus review
17.09.13

By its nature, The Third Eye Centre, a handsome looking compendium of b-sides and off-cuts from Belle And Sebastian's Rough Trade releases, was never going to be much more than an...

Under The Radar review
28.08.13

B-side collections should rarely be as good as albums. They offer wonderful glimpses of your favorite bands' development processes—B-sides are the rock record equivalent of a DVD...

NME review
27.08.13

Retrospective rarities collection from the indie legends

Insound review
27.08.13

Dear Catastrophe Waitress ushered in a new chapter for Belle and Sebastian. Once a hushed bedroom indie project, the band reemerged as a pop powerhouse. Subsequent albums, The...

The Quietus review
06.08.13

Darren Hayman concluded his 'Essex trilogy' of albums with last autumn's The Violence, a long-planned study of the 17th century Essex Witch Trials. Bugbears is its companion piece...

Under The Radar review
31.05.13

Typically, Tracyanne Campbell writes Camera Obscura's lyrics from an omniscient narrator's perspective, but even when she gets more personal, there's still a bit of a guarded tone...

Spin review
13.06.13

More lovely, literate, lachrymose Scottish pop, more crowd-pleasing than ever

The Line of Best Fit review
07.06.13

After a four-year absence, Camera Obscura deliver a record, loaded with verve and panache, that makes it seem like they were never away

Insound review
04.06.13

Camera Obscura recorded their 5th album Desire Lines last December when they decamped to Portland to work with Grammy nominated producer Tucker Martine (R.E.M., Spoon, My Morning...

Spotinews recomendation
04.06.13

Hey. Ok, so this is a test. Normally I would wait until tomorrow to write about this brand new album since that’s when it will be added for Spain and the US. However, today I...

Clash review
24.05.13

A triumphant return...

Spotinews recomendation
03.06.13

Good evening. The last blog post of the week brings you the new album by The Pastels. It was added to Spotify some days ago. Genre: pop. Enjoy! The Pastels – Slow Summits Filed...

Under The Radar review
31.05.13

For the last 30 years, the Scots have been primary players in a particularly wistful piece of the musical landscape, whether you care to call it indie pop, shambling, anorak, or...

The Quietus review
29.05.13

Consider the Pastels' early days, the sporadic and awkward initial singles for Whaam!, Rough Trade, and Creation, that air of not-giving-a-fugh - they were immature, ambitious to...

The Line of Best Fit review
28.05.13

The Pastels possess a hushed and humble kind of gorgeousness, they'll forever be just on the outside of the hipster zeitgeist and that's just fine.

Spotinews recomendation
23.05.13

Howdy. The sweet new album by Saturday Looks Good to Me was added to Spotify a couple of days ago. Genre: indie pop. Enjoy! (US version here.) Saturday Looks Good to Me – One Kiss...

Under The Radar review
19.06.13

Over the last decade, Fred Thomas has operated a revolving-door policy that surpasses even Mark E. Smith's (of The Fall). But so far his fluid approach to Saturday Looks Good to...

Under The Radar review
22.05.13

Club 8 started out as a twee-pop outfit before gradually obscuring and veering towards electronics. On the duo’s eighth outing, Above the City, the electro-pop sound is very ‘now...

Insound review
28.05.13

Swedish phenomenon Club 8 is an unpredictable duo hailing from a small village in the south of Sweden. They had their first live performance in NYC, have toured everywhere from...

Spotinews recomendation
25.05.13

Hi. Here is another new album from earlier this week. Genre: electronic/pop. Enjoy Club 8! (Version for UK and France here and for the US here.) Club 8 – Above the City Filed...

AudioCred review
26.04.13

Is pop music, by definition, the music that plays on the radio and is literally popular; is it music that is inherently not subversive and non-alienating; or is it an all...

Spotinews recomendation
24.04.13

Hi. The sun is shining which reminded me of the catchy new album by indie pop band Tullycraft. It was added to Spotify some weeks back. Enjoy! (US version here.) Tullycraft – Lost...

NME review
08.04.13

One half of Air and a New Young Pony Clubber team up

Spotinews recomendation
27.02.13

Morning. The charming debut album by Golden Grrrls is another very recent addition to Spotify. Genre: indie pop. Read this review and enjoy! (US version here.) Golden Grrrls...

Pitchfork review
03.12.14

Remember how the internet was supposed to make albums extinct? Around the turn of the century, serious-minded pop scholars were telling us that listeners would stop caring about...

NME review
24.04.13

You'll wish your adolescence sounded as carefree as this

AudioCred review
17.03.13

The opening track of Golden Grrrls self-titled debut, “New Pop,” is a jam-and-a-half. Short, sassy, and full of sharp, buzzy fun, “New Pop” is filled to the brim with melodic...

Pitchfork review
08.03.13

Remember how the internet was supposed to make albums extinct? Around the turn of the century, serious-minded pop scholars were telling us that listeners would stop caring about...

The Line of Best Fit review
01.02.13

Waiting For Something To Happen is a darn good pop record with songs you won’t be able to shake loose for days.

Pitchfork review
12.02.13

Struggling to pin down Veronica Falls' sound, an interviewer recently told frontwoman Roxanne Clifford, "You know, you aren't twee." To which she replied, with exaggerated...

Under The Radar review
11.02.13

A swirling, centripetal force guides Veronica Falls' sophomore effort Waiting for Something to Happen. The album's 13 wistful numbers have a billowing jangle reminiscent of Felt...

Spotinews recomendation
05.02.13

Morning. The fine new album by Veronica Falls was added to Spotify yesterday. Genre: indie pop. Enjoy! (Note: US release date is next week.) Veronica Falls – Waiting For Something...

NME review
04.02.13

Veronica Falls are way better than this album suggests

Insound review
08.01.13

Hayman's real focus has been on this 20-song release, chronicling the 17th century Essex Witch Trials during the English Civil Wars. The record constitutes the third part of...

Spotinews recomendation
01.12.12

Hi there. Let’s start the month with the elegant new album by Mexican band Hello Seahorse! It was added to Spotify some weeks back. Genre: dream pop. Enjoy! Hello Seahorse...

Spotinews recomendation
27.11.12

Howdy. Here is a goodie for all indie pop fans out there. The debut album by Swedish band The Garlands was just added to Spotify. Enjoy! (One review here and another one here...

AudioCred review
09.10.12

Remember Saturday Looks Good To Me? I do (vaguely). It’s been four years since the Michigan indie pop band released anything new, but now they’re back with “Sunglasses.” It sort...

AudioCred review
25.05.13

This has got indie crush mixtape fodder all over it.  A little bit of twee, a little bit of surf rock, tons of hand claps.  The hook, “I wanna have a good time” has a bit of...

Spotinews recomendation
27.09.12

Hi. The debut album by Swedish artist De Montevert was added to Spotify today. The double title (Swedish and English) looks a bit strange, but I guess it’s a way to reach an...

The Line of Best Fit review
23.09.12

Don’t let that tired old "twee" tag allow you to write off one of the most blissfully melodic albums you’ll hear this year.