The Best in Indiepop of 2015

indiepopTons of genres out there, but if you’ve been following our work, you know that I’m really partial to the indiepop scene. I scour the confines of the Internet for any and the best of the genre, and admittedly get tons of tips. So, I looked back through what had come out and wanted to throw a little bit your way…just another list of what I think was the best in indiepop in 2015. Still staying away from numbering. Also…some of this has made my other lists, but I wanted to expand on my favorite genre a little bit. Read more

Why Not Another Tune from The Hermit Crabs

hermitJust last week we brought you the first single from The Hermit Crabs in regards to their newest mini-LP, In My Flat. And, seeing as I’m never one to shy away from posting great pop music, I had to post the second single merely a week later. This song comes across as the most-understated bit of pop you might hear this year. Guitars are fairly quiet and the emphasis comes via slight backing vocal appearances. As far as subject matter goes, I think we can all agree that we’ve been there, only endearing this song to listeners far and wide. Be sure to grab the new album from Matinee Recordings next week.

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Fresh Indiepop from The Hermit Crabs

hermitFigured as the weather was getting a little dreary here in Austin, it’s best that I turn that attitude around with something cheery…at least musically speaking. This song is a brand new number from the Hermit Crabs, who’ve quietly announced the release of a new album titled In My Flat. It’s got everything one needs from the perfect indiepop track: bouncing rhythm, jangling guitars and charming vocals. I think those of you looking to be charmed will find your happy place hiding here in this track. You can grab the album from Matinee Recordings on November 19th.

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New Twee Pop from Baffin Island

It’s Friday, and it seems like most of the world has taken off releasing music for the CMJ festivities in New York, but locally some of my favorite people are still working hard, like A Layer of Chips.  They ran this new single from Baffin Island, off the group’s new self-titled EP, which is being released by Wee Pop.  The group is made up in part by members of The Hermit Crabs and The Very Most, creating a gentle sound that fans of Camera Obscura and the like will surely adore.  It’s simple, it’s warm, and it’s definitely a great hit for a Friday afternoon.

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Download:Baffin Island – We Were Meant to Meet [MP3]

The Hermit Crabs – Time Relentless EP

Rating: ★★★½☆

We’re almost a decade into the excellent career of The Hermit Crabs, a Glaswegian group specializing in jangling guitars and sentimental melodies.  They hit 2012 running with the warming Time Relentless EP, crafting timeless pop songs that every listener will surely find endearing, no matter how many times you play it on your stereo.

We find the group opening with “On The Spectrum,” and Mel opens with a steady vocal that attaches itself to your inner ear from the moment she joins in with the carefully choreography of the guitar.  As she sings of her favorite fella a light backing vocal warms your heart, illustrating the relevance of The Hermit Crabs in everyone’s personal indie pop collection.

“Time Relentless” continues the pop barrage, using a heavy drum beat as the backbone of the song.  Once the guitars take on a more prominent role in the song, you’re going to find it hard to ignore the fact that this group can clearly match any of the work of their compatriots Camera Obscura.  I know it might seem like hyperbole, but each little added touch deepens the emotional appeal, such as the added keyboard wash that hangs far off in the distance of this track.

Perhaps my favorite track on the Time Relentless EP is also its shortest, “Stop This Now.” It begins with a strummed guitar, and Mel coolly singing atop it, but the song blossoms into pop beauty when the lead guitar begins to noodle its way in and out of the track, all the while the rhythm guitar still carries with it a steady strum.  Again, you’ll find the perfect backing vocal assuring you of the pitch-perfect melody in Mel’s voice.  Such a wonderful track.

Closing out the EP is a more melancholy number, which comes to you via “So Blue.” Instead of revolving solely around the guitar and Mel, they use a bit of piano to provide the slowing mood.  For me, I keep hearing the guitar cutting in, as if it’s crying with the emotion of the track.  While it definitely has a change of pace, this is the sort of song that indie pop fans fawn over.

While The Hermit Crabs aren’t necessarily a household name as of yet, you can be assured that those of us in love with the group are begging to share the group’s music with you.  It might not seem otherworldly, but the perfect execution of blissful pop songs makes the Time Relentless EP a must have for all fans of the genre.

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Download:The Hermit Crabs – Stop This Now [MP3]

Time Relentless EP is available now from Matinee Recordings.

 

Fresh New Indie Pop from The Hermit Crabs

Indie pop fans rejoice; the Hermit Crabs are back!  Our friends over at Matinee Recordings are about to release another four song EP from the much heralded Scottish group, which is the band’s first release since 2009!  The Time Relentless EP comes out via the label on September 4th, and the first hit from the record is beautiful.  Clearly the harmonies we all love about great indie pop are present, almost from the instant you press play.  They add a nice little touch with a wayward guitar line dancing and twirling around the vocals in the background.  Bet this is going to be one helluva release.

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Download: The Hermit Crabs – Stop This Now [MP3]