Tallies

Tallies (Photo: Colin Medley)

We suspect that writers of reviews who claimed the staggeringly beautiful debut album by Canadian four-piece Tallies for the shoegaze genre didn’t extend their listening adventure beyond the opener „Trouble“, which is indeed a bit of a moody and wall of sound affair. But the album – no it’s not. Even though we are no proven experts in the territory and do not know where Tallies themselves stand on the shoegaze matter, we find hardly a shoe being gazed at on Tallies, an album that is bound to put the Toronto-based band on the indie royalty map. Read on

Chorusgirl

Silvi Wersing of Chorusgirl

When someone makes a record, one would assume one of the key motifs (apart from either an artistic expression of oneself or making lots of money) to be a desire to be seen and heard, to shine in the light of a stageset. So it’s somewhat puzzling to find a record that seems to be driven by the opposite desire to grow smaller and smaller until finally disappearing, driven by introversion and despondency. Shimmer And Spin, the second album by the London based, German-UK noisepop outfit Chorusgirl is such a record. Read on

Indiepop Radio Episode 19-02

In support of our praise of the Wiaiwya 7777777 singles club which you’ll find below, here’s a special issue of our indiepop radio podcast devoted to said singles club and featuring 7 of our favourites from the series, coming from Allo Darlin’, The Orchids and others. Stream below or find the show over on Mixcloud.

Wiaiwya 7777777

49 Singles

To start a singles club in 2012 on the promise of not only releasing 7 exclusive 7″ singles in that particular year but to do the very same over 7 consecutive years, is one thing. It is quite another thing to finish 2018 having accomplished just that – the release of 49 singles in total, 7 each in every year, is a monumental achievement that the London-based DIY record label Where It’s At Is Where You Are and its mastermind John Jervis deserve our highest praise for. Read on

Our Top Ten Albums of 2018

If you’ve been following this little blog and its associated modest indiepop radio podcast, there’s probably not a lot on these eoy-lists that will surprise you. Still, we feel they might be a useful addition to this year’s posts here. Our top ten albums are ranked below; a sample for each record is included and a click on the cover will lead you to where you can order the record.

Our eternal gratitude to all the bands and labels putting so much effort and all their hearts into giving us something to keep our backs straight and our heads above the waterline throughout this shithole of a year! Read on

Our Top Ten Singles / EPs of 2018

If you’ve been following this little blog and its associated modest indiepop radio podcast, there’s probably not a lot on these eoy-lists that will surprise you. Still, we feel they might be a useful addition to this year’s posts here. Our top ten singles/eps are ranked below; a sample for each record is included and a click on the cover will lead you to where you can order the record.

Our eternal gratitude to all the bands and labels putting so much effort and all their hearts into giving us something to keep our backs straight and our heads above the waterline throughout this shithole of a year! Read on

Indiepop Radio Episode 18-06

The final episode of the year is a special issue featuring some of our favourite songs of 2018 that weren’t played on previous episodes. Enjoy the stream below or access the show via Mixcloud.

Free Cake For Every Creature

Katie Bennett of Free Cake For Every Creature

We don’t really know what twee is anymore, do we? Not at least since Marc Spitz in his 2014 book tried to portray it as a wide-ranging cultural movement, vaguely drawing a line from JD Salinger to Kurt Cobain and beyond, but effectively killing any distinctive use the term may have had before (still a good book though, mind), be it pejorative or affirming. Read on

Ghost Thoughts

Davina Shell of Ghost Thoughts

Davina Shell from Amsterdam used to be in the Vancouver indiepop four piece Thee AHs, who put out four albums of dark, Beat Happening-coloured bubblegum pop between 2011 and 2015. Subsequently, Shell released a 7″ under her own name before choosing the moniker Ghost Thoughts and signing to the fabulous Jigsaw label from Seattle, where Ghost Thoughts’ debut EP came out in early 2017, a collaborative effort with a different vocalist for each of the songs. Read on