Don't seek further! The new indie tracks of January 2015 you have to hear are playlisted here.
Among hundreds of new releases, the essential ones this month are all about Indie Pop music. Sophisticated pop music, not the one you could find in the pop charts. Classic songwriting style, experimental, creative or simply melodious, all highlighted in this January 2015 playlist. With exceptionally 11 tracks, since Björk was rushed to release her new album this month instead of March, in the below player or directly from pleer, here!
1- Multi-instrumentalist Christopher Duncan aka C Duncan comes from Glasgow/Scotland/UK. Since this angelic little track “And I”, B- Side of the single "For" out last December, might not be on his forthcoming LP due to be released in summer 2015 on FatCat Records, here it is! With “Say” the second single, it is sounding like a very promising debut album.
2- It’s not with her ninth album, “Vulnicura”, that Björk is back into the pure pop world of her first albums: with the help of Venezuelan producer, Alejandro Ghersi, aka Arca whose debut album “Xen” came out last November, she is deeply into the experimental pop world. “History of Touches” is the shortest and most harmonious track.
3- Fan of Björk, British Art-Pop artist Iain Woods’ first LP “Psychologist” issued 1 month ago on his soundcloud, was once a project called “Autophobe”, under his moniker name “Psychologist”. After a few EPs (Stanislavsky, Waves of OK , Propeller EP in 2011 with a strange video) Psychologist, at that time, described his LP as “A trash-pop romp through an existential crisis” which is still the case after the releasing of "Psychologist" under his real name: it’s an Unidentified Flying Object.11 tracks as diverse as the featured Massive Attack-esque track “When Particules Collide”, the only one from his previous works who made it on the album, extracts of speeches( Panic Over), Timbaland-esque beats(The Dirty Movement), jazzy (Fiend), bluesy(Smoke), rock (Bella).Certainly intriguing.
4- It’s with a pinch of psych-pop that Canadian musician Alex Calder, once a collaborator of Mac DeMarco’s outfit Make out Videotape, released his debut album “Strange Dreams” this month, after 2 EPs in 2014. “Strange Dreams”, the first single, and “No Device” are examples of his dazed sound and vocals.
5- In UK, the young (under 25) generation of pop musicians, is over publicized with the guitar boys (Ed Sheeran, George Ezra,..) and the blue eyed soul ones (Sam Smith, John Newman,…) but there is an alternative approach that could be led by South London singer songwriter Alex Burey. His “Inside World” debut EP is out next February on bandcamp and he already delivered 2 tracks on soundcloud, last one being “The Intimidator”. Definitely intimidated by his talent!
6- The first single “Bored in the USA”, doesn’t reflect the variety of the 11 songs on the second album “I Love You Honeybear”, out next February, of Joshua Tillman under the Father John Misty moniker he is using since 2012 : folk, country, rock and pop. “True Affection” is the most sophisticated pop track with the synth beats.
7- Trying to understand Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bearlyrics has always been a difficult task unless he repeats several times “Are You Mad ?” like in the track “Come To Your Senses”, the poppiest song of his fifth solo album “Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper” issued this month.
8- With 3 albums and several EPs, how come Fuji Kureta remains quite unknown? Certainly because the synth-pop duo made of Deniz Öztürk, Şahin Kureta is coming from… Istanbul/Turkey. “Yetunde” EP is the latest release with the single “Open Up”. Oddly enough to mention, Deniz, has a deeper voice sounding like Björk, and also sings in French!
9- Cape Town-based Yannick Ilunga aka Petite Noir's single in 2012, “Pressure, was labelled as Noirwave sound, but since “Noirse”, Petite Noir is close to the “neo” Kwaito sound, with exotic percussive loop samples, and his 5 tracks EP “The King of Anxiety” out this month and single “Chess” is a good taste of it.
10- UK indie darlings Belle and Sebastian might find a younger generation of fans with their more playful ninth album “Girls in Peacetime Like to Dance” out in January. Among the 12 tracks, classic pop is still here along with "not so nice" dance pop tracks. “Perfect Couples”, that reconciles the 2 rhythm orientations, is quite an unusual track with its exotic percussions.
11- Despite the name of his third album, “How To Die In The North”, and after eight years since his last album, it’s a resurrection (from depression) for New Jersey’s pop songwriter Brian Christinzio, aka BC Camplight, and a relocation (in Manchester/UK) that lead to this 9 tracks album out this January. With a little help from 5 musicians on “You Should've Gone To School” he delivers a catchy tune full of sunshine-pop of the 60’s.