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
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
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
Strawberry Generation are a bunch of students who found eachother at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and formed a band, as students would do. Starting out by putting very different musical influences and favourites together, they finally settled for Canadian indie superdarlings Alvvays as a role model for their sugary brand of indiepop. Read on
Here’s a post about a not new record by a not new band. I found Vancouver indie four-piece Peach Pit a few weeks ago when I was doing what we all should be doing from time to time – browsing the recent releases on the criminally undervalued Vancouver DIY label Kingfisher Bluez, who have had an amazing output of almost 100 singles and more than 30 albums since 2011. Read on
Among the vast scene of acoustic folk that’s been part of the indiepop world for many years now, Manchester’s Laurie Hulme is one of the most interesting and original artists – by virtue of his music writing but also by virtue of the subjects his songs revolve around. His 2016 debut was inspired by stories of (and hence a tribute to) his late grandfather. This gave the album its title and it also provided the band name he’s been using since, Songs For Walter. Read on