Articles tagged indie pop

The Ghost of Ingmar Bergman: Peter Bjorn & John’s ‘Breakin’ Point’

Peter Morén and John Eriksson discuss how their musical partnership is as strong as ever -- even if their belief in production dogma isn't.

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Casket Girls’ Ryan Graveface Talks Music Industry, Audience

Graveface label founder and Casket Girls band member talks about being the little guy in the world of rock 'n' roll.

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12 Aug 2016 // 12:00 PM

Broods - “Heartlines” (Singles Going Steady)

Broods may not be the most distinctive dance-rock architects in the contemporary arena, but they know how to engineer an unimpeachable synthpop anthem.

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12 Aug 2016 // 2:29 AM

Katie Dey: Flood Network

On Flood Network, Katie Dey's proper debut, she creates a fluid, insular world that is at once unrelenting and comforting.

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Of Montreal: Innocence Reaches

Kevin Barnes has found his center again. He's figured out how to combine his melodic skills with his musical idiosyncrasies.

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8 Aug 2016 // 1:30 PM

Teenage Fanclub - “I’m in Love” (Singles Going Steady)

"I'm in Love" is pretty much what you'd expect from these Scottish indie vets -- timeless college rock with an irresistible AM radio sheen.

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8 Aug 2016 // 12:30 PM

Beach House - “The Traveller” (Singles Going Steady)

How you gauge the success of this track depends on how satisfied you are with Beach House simply sounding like Beach House.

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8 Aug 2016 // 11:30 AM

Bastille - “Fake It” (Singles Going Steady)

"Fake It" is a crepuscular, R&B-shaded synthpop ballad forged from heavyhearted nostalgia and gilded in flickering neon.

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Brice Randall Bickford: PARO

Brice Randall Bickford's second solo album is the finest of his long musical career. PARO relies on carefully built textures that grow more fascinating with each listen.

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The Minders - “Summer Song” (audio) (premiere)

“Summer Song” is a love letter to a bygone time, folk-rock drawing bits of old-school pop and psychedelic to fuel itself.

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4 Aug 2016 // 12:00 PM

Tegan and Sara - “BWU” (Singles Going Steady)

Steve Horowitz: This bit of ear candy begs to be put on repeat. The sweetness never gets cloying. Heck, this could be early ‘60 Ricky Nelson

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Andrew Keoghan - ‘Every Orchid Offering’ (album stream) (premiere)

Every Orchid Offering is blocky and pleasantly unwieldy, a definite boon in a style of alt-pop which prides itself on its obtuseness.

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22 Jul 2016 // 8:53 AM

Bat For Lashes: The Bride

The Bride is an intimate concept album on the death of a loved one and the process one takes in returning to normalcy.

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Savoir Adore - “Paradise Gold” (audio) (premiere)

“Paradise Gold” is a good example of why the neon-soaked sound of glitzy, glittery electropop continues to work.

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Amber Arcades: Fading Lines

Amber Arcades' debut is a solid dream-pop album. A little more work on the pop side of the equation and she could be a lot more than solid.

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The Strike - “Eye for an Eye” (video) (premiere)

If you’ve ever said, “Man, do I wish Maroon 5’s pop was good,” this’ll tickle your fancy.

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19 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

Various Artists: C87

C87 is a deep dig down a particular acre of the ‘80s pop estate, pulling up dozens of in-between-scene gems that gleam as they reflect off one another.

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The Explorers Club: Together

The harmonies are tight, the melodies strong and catchy, and the overall mood is jubilant and uplifting, making Together the perfect antidote for the toxic politics, violence, personal struggles, and controversies that seem to swirl around all our lives like a constant black cloud.

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Chris Robley - “1973” (video) (premiere)

It might be a fictionalized portrait of the year it attempts to illustrate, but that fiction is a genuine joy — if a slightly depressing one — nonetheless.

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Elijah Noll - “Dirty Games” (audio) (premiere)

It’s driving, it’s sad, and it’s viscerally triumphant all at once; in other words, it’s everything that makes a good pop song in three and a half minutes.

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The Specter of Multiplayer Hangs Over 'Door Kickers'

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"Door Kickers is not a multiplayer game, but for a while there, I couldn’t tell the difference.

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