Album Review – No Hard Feelings by Birthday Girl (2024) (Self released)
Janglepophub » Indie Pop
by Darrin Lee
1d ago
Following the critical acclaim their debut Lucky EP received in September 2023 Sydney-based foursome, Birthday Girl, are back with a first full length release that offers their typically unvarnished little stories about the normalcy of everyday existence.  Minimalism is used as a core throughout the album, with When I Walked Home Last Night, Okay Alone, Smoke and Mirrors sucking every glitch out of the Young Marble Giants or Pillows aesthetic and replacing them with a lo-fi aesthetic that is encrusted with the slight, incidental, jangled riffs of acts such as Harper or Whitney’s Play ..read more
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Album Review ~ Ten Brocades by Sad Eyed Beatniks (Meritorio Records)
Janglepophub » Indie Pop
by Darrin Lee
1d ago
Across six previous albums, Kevin Linn (Hospital, The Milky Baskets, and Present Electric) and his Sad Eyed Beatniks project have never been what anyone could consider an ‘easy listen. Not because the sound is steeped in any genuinely perverse sense of obtuseness (his sound always stays just within the parameters of normality), but more specifically because it latches onto the coattails of all the coolest lo-fi and no-fi sounds around and simply forces the listener along for the ride. Such is its strangely beguiling allure. As such, Ten Brocades jumps between various lo-fi nuances, and whereas ..read more
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Single Review – Silver Jet by Roller Derby (2024) (Self released)
Janglepophub » Indie Pop
by Darrin Lee
4d ago
Confirmed on their Facebook page as a song about ‘breaking free from old habits and finding strength in togetherness’ this Silver Jet single by Hamburg-based duo Roller Derby encapsulates all that can be ridiculously cool about just ‘being yourself’ in music. As a result, the perfect English vocals proffered via Philine Meyer’s German accent add a gloriously natural sense of Nico to proceedings as they dart through a deliberately retro Hater-style production that emphasizes every dreamy swirl, A perfect casual tempo, and jangled riffs that seem to slide across the surface of every multi-layere ..read more
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EP Review – Copenhagen by Few Border (2024) (Self released)
Janglepophub » Indie Pop
by Darrin Lee
1w ago
Not even a month has passed since the release of the Blue Coast Weather debut EP  and yet Few Border have already returned with a new five-track release in Copenhagen, which tantalizes our jangle-pop receptors in equal measure. The opening double salvo of Blind and the title track offer beautifully subtle gaze inflections, perfectly produced to ensure the crystalline, jangled riffs that feel so akin to the sound of their French countrymen, Pale Spectres do not dominate and act as a cushion for a wonderfully disparate, almost ‘post-punk dulcet’ vocal delivery. The remainder of the re ..read more
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Album Review – With The Distance Of Time by Junebug (2024) (Subjangle)
Janglepophub » Indie Pop
by Darrin Lee
3w ago
Teresa Daniele mentioned that she had a certain number of tracks in her mp3 vaults for this solo Junebug recording project that have never been released during discussions about the artwork she was collating for the recent The Haircuts career retrospective (the act being the 2004-2014 project she was in with Ryan Marquez of Golden Teardrops and fellow Subjangle labelmates, The Umbrella Puzzles). As a huge fan of her simplistic vocal fragility (simply made-for-jangly twee-pop), so as a huge fan I persuaded her to send them to me. After just one listen, I sent the Canadian a series of e-mails b ..read more
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EP Review ~ Smiling Strangers by Smiling Strangers (2024) (Self released)
Janglepophub » Indie Pop
by Darrin Lee
3w ago
Fans of jangly indie-pop acts such as Marine Research (and indeed any number of Amelia Fletcher fronted acts) and more recently The Hannah Barberas may well have found their latest darling in the form of St. Louis-based foursome Smiling Strangers and this, their eponymous debut EP. Packaged within three inextricably linked musical nuances, The Crying Clown and The Surveyor would move headlong into a definitive modern-day power-pop aesthetic if it were not for the infusion of the made-for-80s anglo-indie-pop vocals and the fairground organ that act as a core to the absolute originality of thes ..read more
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Album review ~ Dance Around My Head by Restless Leg (2024) (Sinister Porpoise Records)
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by Darrin Lee
3w ago
On their fourth Dance Around My Head album (the first release on Sinister Porpoise Records, the offshoot of Perth-based Love As Fiction Records), Restless Leg continues to offer the finest snapshot of all that is so seriously jangly from antipodean modernity and yesteryear. Therefore, Broken Machine, Stay Gold, and Whole Lotta Nothing provide the bouncy basslines and subdued, dulcet jangle of a 1000 Flying Nun Records and Triple J acts. Meanwhile, Sow A Little Seed stands out and sounds like Robert Forster fronting a Pale Lights track, while Portraits of the Men Self-Made’s subtle, jangly indi ..read more
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Album review – False Comforts by Max Blansjaar (2024) (Beanie Tapes)
Janglepophub » Indie Pop
by Darrin Lee
3w ago
If the previous Spit It Out (2018) and Fantasy Living (2019) EPs reeked of potential and expressed an originality that was generally unknown among his bedroom-pop contemporaries, then time, maturity, and what appears to be a more precise musical vision make this debut False Comforts album by Oxford-based Max Blansjaar a modern-day jangly indie-pop masterpiece,. Blansjaar’s embrace of modernity is evident in the release. As such, the dulcet, cinematic sense of bedroom-pop epic is expressed in the sprawling, perfectly under-produced brilliance of Red Tiger and Pieces of the Sun, the Mo Troper-s ..read more
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Album Review – You Can Tell Everyone Under the Sun (Selected Songs, 2004​-​2013) by Mighty Clouds (2024) (Antiquated Future)
Janglepophub » Indie Pop
by Darrin Lee
1M ago
It is fitting that Fred Thomas music is the subject of Antiquated Futures’ latest “Selected Songs” series, considering that he performed mastering duties on the overwhelming majority of the previous then that have been released. This time, in collaboration with their long-time musical partner Betty Marie Barnes, the series features covers of songs that Barnes performed lead vocals on during the duo’s successful time with Saturday Night Looks Good To Me, live tracks they hadn’t performed with their previous band, and new songs exclusively for Mighty Clouds that are indelibly and uniquely t ..read more
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EP Review – The Way Back by Secret Postcards (2024) (Old Bad Habits)
Janglepophub » Indie Pop
by Darrin Lee
1M ago
Having debuted at the beginning of 2023 with the glorious jangly indie-pop of the Never Dreaming  single (released by Fastcut Records and the Make Me Happy Records label), the Secret Postcards are finally back with something more substantial with this The Way Back EP that is released on another Greek label, the Old Bad Habits Label. This is the first installment of the label’s ambitious project to introduce the indie acts of Greece to a wider audience. Unapologetically, Secret Postcards flaunt their devotion to Sarah Records, highlighting their superiority over a multitude of recent band ..read more
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