Archive for the ‘Indie Pop’ Category

Fanfarlo – Reservoir – 2009

June 4, 2009

Fanfarlo is a London based band formed by the Swedish musician Simon Balthazar (vocals, guitar, clarinet). Their name refers to Charles Baudelaire’s novella, “La Fanfarlo.” After issuing the singles PlayTalking Backwards, PlayYou Are One Of The Few Outsiders Who Really Understands Us, PlayFire Escape and Harold T. Wilkins on four independent labels between 2006 and 2008, Fanfarlo travelled to Peter Katis’s studio in Connecticut, USA to record their debut album, Reservoir. The album was self-released in February 2009 to coincide with a tour of England and Scotland, including dates supporting Snow Patrol.

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Similar Artists:
The Joy Formidable, Sin Fang Bous, Harlem Shakes, Cymbals Eat Guitars

Sin Fang Bous – Clangour – 2009

June 3, 2009

Welcome to the Wunderkammer. Pop music with a bow, a present from Reykjavik and from Sindri Mar Sigfusson. A present that he gave to us and especially to himself. A surprise album, a search game in terms of pop music. At the beginning there was an atmosphere of breaking up. Whereas on the one hand face and body of his band Seabear (whose debut was released on Morr Music in August 2007) gained their outlines more clearly, there remained a deliberately left open game with the sounds on the other hand. The name for this game was soon found: Sin Fang Bous.

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Similar Artists:
Fanfarlo, Seabear, Uzi & Ari, Animal Collective

Two Door Cinema Club – More Various Songs – 2009

May 28, 2009

This should be the last of them, you can grab the others below.

Two Door Cinema Club are 3 people with the help of technology and a thirst for anything quirky. If you were to pose the question, “Where do Two Door Cinema Club live?” and someone was to answer, “Why, Bangor!” That someone would only be 66.67% correct because Two Door Cinema Club are a Bangor/Donaghadee based electro pop band. An obvious absence in the rhythm department is humbly filled by an unadulterated Macintosh and the electronic thump from the fourth imperceptible member goes hand in hand with the electro/pop direction.

A few nice people over at last.fm where gracious enough to send them my way after I came up empty looking for them online. I also ended up ordering their EP and I suggest any of you do so as well.

Here is an additional three songs from their ep.

Standing On Ghosts
New Houses
Not in this town

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Download two other songs:
Here

Download the Single:
Here

Similar Artists:
General Fiasco, Hockey, Friendly Fires

Harlem Shakes – Technicolor Health – 2009

May 14, 2009

This Brooklyn band debuts with a remarkably well-crafted EP of expansive garage-pop combining ultra-catchy melodies with soaring harmonies. Their bright, effervescent sound incorporates some vintage pop-rock influences (doo wop, Phil Spector and ’60s girl groups) while also fitting in with New York contemporaries like the Strokes and the Walkmen.

Garage rock that sets your feet (and heart) thumping! The rawness is all there, and they sound genuine rather than manufactured.

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Similar Artists:
Fanfarlo, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Handsome Furs, Arms

Two Door Cinema Club – Various Songs – 2009

May 14, 2009

Two Door Cinema Club are 3 people with the help of technology and a thirst for anything quirky. If you were to pose the question, “Where do Two Door Cinema Club live?” and someone was to answer, “Why, Bangor!” That someone would only be 66.67% correct because Two Door Cinema Club are a Bangor/Donaghadee based electro pop band. An obvious absence in the rhythm department is humbly filled by an unadulterated Macintosh and the electronic thump from the fourth imperceptible member goes hand in hand with the electro/pop direction.

Here is an additional two songs from their unreleased demo.

Hands Off My Cash, Monty.
Undercover Martyn.

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Here

Download the EP:
Here

Similar Artists:
General Fiasco, Hockey, Friendly Fires

Clues – Self Titled -2009

May 6, 2009

Clues was founded in the summer of 2007 by Alden Penner (one-half of Unicorns) and Brendan Reed (Endless Forever, Arcade Fire). In 2008, Clues recruited friends Ben Borden, Lisa Gamble, and Nick Scribner from the Montreal art and music scenes.

During live shows and on recordings, the band share and trade-off on their extensive collection of instruments and create a hopeful, urgent music that expands Montreal’s (already diverse) pop music lexicon, with references to post-punk and experimental music traditions. Clues’ concerts incorporate multiple drummers, a Commodore 64, and an OLPC.

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Similar Artists:
Handsome Furs, The Unicorns, All Makes Parts & Collision, Islands

I Was A King – I Was A King – 2009

May 5, 2009

I Was a King are an indie band based in Oslo, Norway, clearly influenced by acts such as Teenage Fanclub, Dinosaur Jr., and My Bloody Valentine. Their music is most commonly referred to as shoegaze and power pop.

Sample:

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Similar Artists:
Cymbals Eat Guitars, Lotus Plaza, Canadian Invasion

Total Bummer – Total Bummer EP – 2008

May 4, 2009

Brooklyn Cannon, originally from Victoria, British Columbia but now residing in Montreal, Quebec, is a musician who has been active within the Canadian independent music scene for the better part of a decade. She has been a member of Victoria bands such as God Shaped Vacuum -whose members included Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs, as well as Carey Mercer of Frog Eyes and Swan Lake-, and Atlas Strategic -again with Boeckner-, who released two albums: Rapture, Ye Minions! (2000-Global Symphonic Records) and the independently released That’s Familiar (2002).

Sample:

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Similar Artists:
St. Vincent, El Perro del Mar, My Brightest Diamonds

Starlight Mints – The Dream That Stuff Was Made Of – 2001

May 4, 2009

Starlight Mints are a group of beautiful pop mutants: four oddballs whose love for archetypal pop music and AM radio has provided a rock-solid foundation for a whole bunch of inspired weirdness. Allan Vest (vocals/guitar), Marian Love Nunez (keyboards), Javier Gonzales (bass), and Andy Nunez (drums) began jamming together in the ’90s, giving birth to their own funky brand of heavily instrumental, surrealistically worded pop sound. Maybe you could call it bubblegum psych. It all adds up to something very grand: one marvelous piece of orchestrated, catchy surrealism after another, in the form of 2006’s drowaton.

Sample:

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Similar Artists:
Fruit Bats, Enon, The Long Winters

Telekinesis – Telekinesis! – 2009

May 4, 2009

On stage, they are: David Broecker, Jonie Broecker, Chris Staples, and Michael Benjamin Lerner! (sans !) And they hail from the Pacific Northwest. Telekinesis signed with Merge Records in January 2009. Their debut album, Telekinesis!, will be released April 7th, 2009.

Sample:

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Similar Artists:
Ra Ra Riot, Condo Fucks, Lissy Trullie