Everyone has their own definition of indiepop; but I tend to ascribe to the original craft where DIY aesthetics and a softer response to punk were all the rage. But, to each their own. So I went through last year to compile what I think is a pretty all encompassing Best of Indiepop 2018; there’s no order, just a collection of really great indiepop. Some of the below are songs, some are albums, some are just bands or labels that were important. Click on for my picks and a playful playlist. Read more
Earlier this year our favorites Alpaca Sports released the indiepop mega-hit album, From Paris with Love via Elefant Records. Today they’re super excited to share with you the video version of album opener, “I’ll Do Anything You Want.” The video has the duo set on film, with that film set atop other images in the background; it’s charming, as is the original track. Admittedly, I’m a sucker for Andreas guitar jangling, not to mention the way the two blend their harmonies into one another. Plus, if you go grab the digital single, it comes with a B side not included on the album version!
Long time Alpaca Sports fan here; I’m already looking towards Friday’s release of From Paris With Love, the band’s latest album. I appreciate how this seems to have a natural bounce to it, perhaps due to the way that high hat seems to stomp about the entire mix. Of course, the guitars have a solid jangle, and Andreas definitely is starting to sound a lot like Kip Berman…the addition of a nice backing vocal definitely guarantees a pop uptick! The new LP drops on Friday via Elefant, so be sure to get your hands on a copy before they run out.
There’s a new single coming from Alpaca Sports, and we’ll wait patiently as long as they keep teasing us with lovable singles like the new one below. The song works around those jangling guitar sounds, with Andreas singing gently atop, so as not to disturb the track’s natural melody. A wash of keyboard work gives the song a bit more depth, with pronounced piano notes appropriately emphasizing various notes. Those unfamiliar with the group might want to pay attention, particularly if you’ve been into things like PoBPaH as of late; it’s all charm, making us salivate for From Paris with Love, which comes out later this year via Elefant Records.
For several years I’ve adored Alpaca Sports and their spritely indiepop, so I’m more than excited that they’ve finally got a new LP ready to go for you. In this new single, something’s wrong if the opening guitar lines don’t have you bouncing; you can take cues from the band on the proper indiepop dance steps if you need help. Of course, the band wouldn’t be so delightful if they weren’t spinning lyrics of love and infatuation, like the line “I just need you and summer days in the sun” from this tune. Their new LP From Paris with Love will be released later this year via Elefant Records.
I’ve long been a fan of Alpaca Sports, who won me over with their early work for Dufflecoat Records, and now they’ve got a new mini-album, When You Need Me the Most, ready for your ears. In honor of the new work, they’re giving you a glimpse at what’s to come with this playful new video for fans. The song’s spectacular, and it should further push the band into the hearts of fans around the globe. I implore you to give it a listen/watch, then head over to Elefant Records for continued news on the band and their mini-album; it should be out this October.
The works of Alpaca Sports are not new to the pages of our site, so it seems fitting that we just kick off a Tuesday full of great jams by offering you a listen at a brand new track from the band. This new track has a casual feel, though there’s still that uplifting bounce to it, with the lyrical content comparing the narrator to some guy named Johnny Marr. You can check out a video of the song right HERE, plus you’ll be happy to know that the band’s preparing their debut, Sealed with a Kiss, for a February 24th release date. With songs like this coming out left and right, this is my favorite February ever.
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It’s been what, a few months since I last raved about Alpaca Sports? Well, the group has a brand new 7″ on one of my favorite little labels, Cloudberry Records. The 7″ has a few tracks we’ve previously covered, but this is by far my favorite the group has put to tape. There’s a slight little orchestral maneuver hiding in the dark here, but it really helps to accentuate the jangling guitars and the warm voice of Andreas Jonsson. Songs like this often seem really simple in the greater context of things, but not too many bands are pulling of the execution as like what you’ll hear below. Enjoy.
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Sweden’s Alpaca Sports has been on my radar for quite some time, and they just continue their excellent musical year as they prepare to release yet another single, “I Was Running” on August 30th. Andreas’ songwriting continues to improve, and I think the band has gotten to the top of the pops with this tune. I definitely don’t mind the inclusion of a few steady handclaps as they break into the song near the end. If you’re a lover of all things indie pop, then by all means, free yourself up and spend some time with this new track from Alpaca Sports.
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One of my favorite discoveries of the last year has been Sweden’s Alpaca Sports. The duo creates hook-laden pop that dares you to play the songs just once; I promise you that’s not a possibility. Lucky for all of us the group has been kind enough to let us stream their new single, “She’ll Come Back for Indian Summer,” which I sincerely hope is a Beat Happening reference. You can get your hands on the digital single on June 20th via Luxury, and then you’ll have it on your own stereo to play over and over again. Keep your eye on these guys, as there’ definitely going to be more gems from them coming our way soon. Also, you can check out a video for the single that just went up today by clicking HERE.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Alpaca-Sports-Shell-come-back-for-indian-summer.mp3]