Articles tagged indie pop

16 Oct 2017 // 9:34 AM

U.S. Girls - “Mad As Hell” (Singles Going Steady)

"Mad As Hell" is a stark reminder that some aspects of the US haven’t changed much, no matter the resolution and color vibrancy of our current tech.

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Stars: There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light

Listening to Stars' new album is like being wrapped in a warm, comforting blanket. A catchy synth-pop blanket where our biggest concerns are who we're dating, not what's going on in the world at large.

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Deradoorian: Eternal Recurrence

Following a very open and expansive record, Deradoorian dives into a minimalistic state with Eternal Recurrence, exposing all the subtlety and emotion of her music.

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9 Oct 2017 // 10:55 AM

Belle and Sebastian - “We Were Beautiful” (Singles Going Steady)

The track suggests the future will happen. Looking backward is no way to move forward.

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5 Oct 2017 // 7:28 AM

Mirah: Sundial

Classic Mirah tracks get a sophisticated boost from sweeping strings on Sundial.

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The Orchids: Who Needs Tomorrow… a 30 Year Retrospective

Their influences were out in the open for all to see, but this Orchids retrospective sums up the sweet joy of these jangle-pop stalwarts.

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St. Lenox and That Old Time Religion

Through the practice of law to music video directing, St. Lenox's Andrew Choi is working through many mediums to explore cultural anxiety in the era of Trump.

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Shout Out Louds: Ease My Mind

Ease My Mind gives the impression of a record made by musicians finally comfortable with their place in the world.

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Imitating Aeroplanes: Planet Language

The middle of the album by itself would represent a largely unremarkable debut for the electropop of Imitating Aeroplanes. But the beginning and end of this album are so strong that they lift up the whole record.

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The Clientele: Music for the Age of Miracles

England's favorite pop dreamers awake from a seven-year slumber, giving us more of what made us like them so much in the first place.

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Luna: A Sentimental Education / A Place of Greater Safety

True to his predilections, Dean Wareham moves the band and song, in covers and instrumentals, and usually away from too much volume.

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Expect the Unexpected: A Conversation with Sparks

For nearly half a century (and a new album to boot), the Mael brothers Ron and Russell have been confounding listeners' expectations with their ever-changing, stylistically broad brand of artfully rendered pop.

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13 Sep 2017 // 2:30 AM

Alvvays: Antisocialites

Antisocialites is chock full of sly, honest assessments of the misery -- or, at best, the ambivalence -- inherent in so much of dating, especially when toxic masculinity enters the frame.

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Midnight Sister: Saturn Over Sunset

Though thoroughly steeped in the ‘60s and ‘70s music that influences them, Midnight Sister’s sound is indeed now -- a timeless effort for the duo’s first time together.

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CYMBALS: Light in Your Mind

On their third album, the artsy UK synthpop outfit CYMBALS have matured, but have they gotten better?

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Arrica Rose & the ...‘s - ‘Low as the Moon’ (album stream) (premiere)

Folk-poppers Arrica Rose & the ...'s return with a positive message of optimism on their latest album releasing Friday.

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Valley Hush - “Goodbye, Sweet Mango” (video) (premiere)

Experimental pop duo Valley Hush releases evocative new tune of capturing plaintive wanderlust.

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Hopefully Not Lost in Translation: A Brief Chat with Cornelius

The Grammy-nominated soundscaper Cornelius is back with his first new non-soundtrack solo record in over a decade, and has stories of crazy fans and Spotifying with kids to go with it.

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: The Echo of Pleasure

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are back to show us that '80s alternative synthpop isn't dead, and it's perfectly fine to be mopey as long as there's a good beat.

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Elizabeth and the Catapult - “Underwater” (video) (premiere)

Elizabeth and the Catapult return with a new album this fall and share a new video for "Underwater".

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