When Matt and Clare set fire to Sarah Records in 1995 and watched it burn, it happened for all the right reasons but it also left quite a few people, among them the person writing these lines, at a loss where to look for musical guidance. In the critical years following Sarah’s demise there were some artists whose attempts at filling the void made them all the more important. There was of course Bobby Wratten, marching on unwaveringly, changing the name of his outfits too often but making a considerable impact with Trembling Blue Stars. Read on
There is a particular brand of 60s-influenced, melodious and light-footed indiepop that has always had a special place in the hearts of German (and, to be fair, Spanish) listeners and bands. Sunshiny pop songs, quite often revolving around the seasons and the weather, celebrating all things leisure and good times. Read on
Here’s our April listener’s digest – a half hour show featuring six new indiepop tracks by the likes of Fresh, The Ballet, Nah … and more, plus an old favourite from Spearmint. Stream below or listen to the show over on Mixcloud.
It’s not often that we look towards the Middle East to discover new music with our Western-centered pop gaze. Read on
A fresh episode of our indiepop radio podcast featuring six recent songs by Lost Tapes, Star Tropics, and others plus an old favourite from Even As We Speak. Enjoy the stream below or listen over on Mixcloud.
Seriously, what is it with Texas these days, and especially Austin? We could listen to / write about pop bands from that particular patch of the planet all the time and still not get to the bottom of why just about every pop song / band / record / label coming from it is just effortlessly great. Read on
„What’s your favorite band / And who told you to kiss that way?“ Imagine the music scene in Seattle in 1995. And imagine just how likely it would have seemed then that a band whose core message is transparent in the lines just quoted, a band formed in this kind of musical setting, as the peak of grunge gave way to whatever came post-grunge, would still be around 24 years down the road. Read on
Our latest selection of six new tracks from a particularly rich international field of new 2019 releases, plus one old favourite from The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. Half an hour of top indiepop entertainment to stream below or listen to on Mixcloud.
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
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