Category Archives: Indie Pop

Personal Best – Arnos Vale

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Bristol based Personal Best release their debut full length album at the end of the month, entitled Arnos Vale the fuzzy power pop trios ten track release is chock full of jangling guitars, infectious melodies and driving rhythms, the album charts the bands take on the “exhilaration and anxiety of being in love, realising what you have but being scared to lose it” there’s a limited edition orange vinyl release too which you can pick up from via Specialist Subject Records, who are alos offering a nice package deal, bundling Arnos Vale with the bands debut EP The Lovin’ – whilst stock last……….

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The band are touring in support of Lemuria & Dads in the UK in May / June.
May 26 SoundControl, Manchester
May 27 The Harley, Sheffield
May 28 Audio 16+, Glasgow
May 29 Key Club, Leeds
May 30 Stuck on Name Studios, Nottingham
May 31 Epic Studios, Norwich
Jun 01 Junction, Plymouth
Jun 02 Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
Jun 03 Exchange, Bristol
Jun 04 Joiners ,Southampton
Jun 05 The Dome, London
Jun 06 Fighting Cocks, Kingston

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Vinyl Love – Emma Kupa “Home Cinema”



Another vinyl gem released by the fine folks at WIAIWYA, Home Cinema is the first solo release from the ex-Standard Fare front-woman Emma Kupa, the six-track EP (or mini-album if you prefer) has it’s own blog where Emma shares details on the songs – “songs of spritely jangle-folk-indie-country, about family, death, drink problems, holocaust survivors and communism”.

Emma will be playing IndieTracks this summer with Mammoth Penguin.

Sound & Vision – Tuff Love





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Thu, 2 Apr 2015 – LONDON – BETHNAL GREEN WORKING MENS CLUB
Fri, 3 Apr 2015 – BOURNEMOUTH – 60 MILLION POSTCARDS
Sat, 4 Apr 2015 – CARDIFF – WALES GOES POP!
Sun, 5 Apr 2015 – BRIGHTON – THE PRINCE ALBERT
Mon, 6 Apr 2015 – BIRMINGHAM – SUNFLOWER LOUNGE
Tue, 7 Apr 2015 – STROUD – THE PRINCE ALBERT
Wed, 8 Apr 2015 – LEICESTER – THE MUSICIAN
Thur,9 Apr 2015 – GUILDFORD – THE BOILEROOM
Sat, 11 Apr 2015 – YORK – THE BASEMENT

Sound & Vision – Kathryn Calder



Lovely hook laden pop tune lifted from Kathryn Calder forthcoming eponymous release due out April the 14th on File Under: Music , the former lead-singer of Immaculate Machine and longtime member of The New Pornographers. Kathryn’s first solo album Are You My Mother? was written and recorded in 2010 whilst she was while caring for her mother who was suffering from ALS, you can hear more of the story in the video below and enjoy a rather nice performance too.



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Kathryn Calder
Kathryn Calder

The Paranoid Style – Rock & Roll Just Can’t Recall

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Recently had a conversation with a friend about why I spend a inordinate amount of time listening to new music, must have spent 15 minutes waffling on with lots of intangible and untenable justifications when in fact it would have much easier to have just handed over a copy of this EP and left it at that because this five track release from The Paranoid Style makes the argument for me, visceral garage-power-pop that burns through the primary auditory cortex into the hippocampus and births multiple ear-worms.

On track two, New Age Tricks, vocalist Elizabeth Nelson sings “the explorers got it wrong there is nothing to discover”, in the context of this EP I’d say that’s a white-lie as whilst there’s nothing revolutionary on the EP the way it’s all put together is just perfect, the writing is acerbic and insightful, Elizabeth’s vocal diffuses out somewhere between Wendy Morgan, Helen King and Ludella Black and the band features backing from a number of indie luminaries including Bruce Bennett (A-Bones), Timothy Bracy (Mendoza Line) and Will Rigby (The dB’s).

The production was handled by Brian Paulson (Wilco, Superchunk) who’s done a fantastic job in pulling it together, whether the guitars are jangling over the top of the lyrics in classic indie-pop style or playing out as low driving 90’s riffs juxtaposing the pop-leaning vocal it all works brilliantly, the EP is five tracks long but will keep you entertained all day – I’d challenge you to resist not hitting the repeat button over and over. Powerful Pop.

No prizes for spotting the references, here’s my favourite from the EP, Bound To Be Vacant.


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Out on Battle Worldwide Recordings on March 2nd.

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