After the last indie rock-heavy instalment, ITP #28 sees a healthy dose of electronic pop while still finding room for plenty of guitars.
AlunaGeorge ‘Attracting Flies’
These guys can’t seem to do a thing wrong. Their fourth appearance on In The Pharmacy, with another 21st century pop classic. “Little grey fairytales and little white lies / everything you exhale is attracting flies”.
Eleanor Friedberger ‘Stare At The Sun’ I didn’t dislike the Fiery Furnaces’ singer’s first debut album, but I did find it lacking in memorable tunes. Here though, the scratchy indie rock matches her breathless vocal delivery and lyrics in both catchiness and charm.
Little Boots ‘Motorway’ It seems to have been ages since Victoria Hesketh’s debut as Little Boots, an album that failed to live up to the promise of those early singles and YouTube videos. I vaguely recall an underwhelming house-y stand alone single last year that went in one ear and out the other. What a wonderful surprise then to hear ‘Motorway’, which melds classic pop and electronica to great result. Obviously indebted to St Etienne, which is no bad thing. Taken from forthcoming second album Nocturnes.
Smith Westerns ‘Varsity’ Wistful indie rock with a classic feel from the Chicago bands forthcoming third album Soft Will.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs ‘Sacrilege’
It’s Blitz while not a complete misstep, was disappointing in what is an otherwise faultless catalogue, songs and riffs sounded lacking and derivative especially when the previous Is Is EP had pointed towards the band’s signature sound evolving into something singularly their own. So this is not so much a step backward as a step back from inconsequentiality. Although the gospel choir seems a bit overdone, the experience of Nick Zinner’s 41 Strings project seems to have brought a freshness to the arrangement.
[Yeah Yeah Yeahs]
Yacht ‘Second Summer’
2011’s Shangri-La was easily Yacht’s best album so far. This the first taste of their forthcoming follow up album. Catchy Discotronica with a lyric as memorable as the music “can you stand by your man, as the shit hits the fan”.
Colleen Green ‘Heavy Shit’
Lo-fi punky indie-pop with a post punk edge.
Empress Of ‘Hat Trick’
Electronic dreampop with a woozy psychedelic edge. The work of one Brooklyn-based Lorely Rodriguez.
Iron & Wine ‘Grace For Saints and Ramblers’
Sam Beam continues his journey from stripped down troubadour to lusher forms of indie rock, with harmonies and handclaps, taken from his forthcoming fifth album Ghost on Ghost.
[Iron & Wine]
Slippery funky electronica from Thr!!!ler, the band’s forthcoming follow up to 2010’s excellent Strange Weather, Isn’t it? Follow the link for a free download.
Big Black Delta ‘Side of The Road’
I was expecting this to be some swampy blues number, on account of the name. Rather. This solo project of lo-fi indie rockers Mellowdrone’s Janathon Bates is electronic pop with a 80s Italo disco feel and heavily treated / robotic vocals.
[Big Black Delta]
Roosevelt ‘Around You’ Irresistible electronic dancefloor pop from Cologne-based electronic producer Marius Lauber.
Milk Music ‘Cruising With God’ Noisey indie with an 80s alt-rock feel.
Still Corners ‘Berlin Lovers’ Squelchy analogue electronic pop
Fyfe ‘St Tropez’
A little bit Beirut, a little bit psych pop, a little bit The National from 23 year old Londoner Paul Dixon.