• Loney, Dear : Loney, Noir

     Somehow, some way, remember the name Emil Svanängen.  He's the X-factor behind Sub Pop's latest find, as in, he plays X amount of instruments and roles in Loney, Dear.   His Swedish home studio is more simplistically functional than an Ikea showroom, as he's able...
  • Loveninjas : The Secret Of The Loveninjas

     As their tongue-in-cheek name my suggest, Loveninjas are a light-hearted group of balladeers that combine playful and somewhat comedic lyrics with straight-forward, Britpopesque rhythms.  They claim to be "four or five Swedish boys" that roll pop, disco, and prog together in an electronic-laced casing like...
  • Field Music : Tones of Town

     Back with their second album, England's Field Music have little to lose after the anticipation and admiration created by their first release.  On Tones of Town, Field Music keeps the high-spirited Britpop with nice little ditties displayed on their self-titled debut. 

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  • Contriva : Separated Chambers

     Morr Music, the German label responsible for numerous progressive electronic acts, hits the mark again with special instrumental collabo project, Contriva.  The most recognizable member of the foursome is undoubtedly Morr artist Masha Qrella, who justifies more of the instrumental outcroppings by roping in the...
  • Pornopop : And The Slow Songs…

     Two years after its initial release in their home country of Iceland, Pornopop's And The Slow Songs About The Dead Calm In Her Arms is finally being properly dropped on American shores on Dynamophone - and not a moment too soon.  ...
  • Seaside Stars : The Stranded Whale

     The coastal imagery that the Seaside Stars' name and lyrics evoke is just about perfect for their washy, breezy pop sound.  Throughout their album, The Stranded Whale, guitars flow in waves with a predictable crash on soft drumming highly remniscient of Teenage Fanclub, who's actually...
  • Princeton : A Case of the Emperor’s Clothes EP

     It is almost fitting that this Santa Monica to London indie-pop/folk group is named after a town that they seemingly have no connection to .  Princeton are three boys from the LA area (two of which are twins), that...
  • Tralala : Is That the Tralala

     Tralala is a gang of a half-dozen Brooklynites that are taking old school rock, pop, and punk and turning it into party music.  Straight out of some '60s underground rock cellar, they grind through three minute tracks with a fury, as if they're just letting...

  • Bon Savants : Post Rock Defends The Nation

     Despite its title, this album is not quite post-rock.  Maybe "post rock" in that it's worth mailing to your friends, this melody-driven Britpop blast is much more cerebral.  As you've probably heard by now, the Bon Savants' lead singer and producer, Thom Moran, is a...