heard on the wire

And then I shot myself, so drink, drink, drink

Hospitality are and indie pop trio from Brooklyn, that formed in 2007 but, like fine wines and the best beef, took some time to mature.

Belying an appearance that suggests just another bunch of “quirky” wannabe-indie kids, Hospitality make proper pop records that deserve a much wider audience than bands with their talent usually garner. This track comes from the band’s self-titled debut LP.

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Masters of hypnotic chilltronica

All India Radio describe themselves as Australia’s masters of hypnotic chilltronica, a vocation that has produced more than half a dozen LPs, none of which had appeared on my musical radar until now.

Lucky, a track from 2009’s A Low High had been knocking around my iTunes for a couple of years before I finally got around to listening to it last week. I was taken in by its rare beauty and quickly sought out the LP in its entirety.

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Here’s some stuff to keep your mind off things

Wind-Up Bird

The Wind-Up Birds are from Leeds and make records tinged with a rare mix of intelligence and humour sung in their own vernacular.

Their debut LP, Acting Thick for Money, appeared in 2011 to be followed by this year’s The Land, which confirmed the Birds’ status as probably the best band from Leeds since The Wedding Present.

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Words can never truly explain

I can hardly believe that I haven’t mentioned The School before now. Quite probably the best sound to come out of Wales since Helen Love, The School hail from Cardiff and make 60s-tinged pop designed to put a smile on your face and a tap in your toes.

They burst onto the playground of pop in 2008 with one of the year’s very best records, the Let it Slip EP. An LP, Loveless Unbeliever, followed in 2010.

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Up and away at the first sign of day

Sunrise over Amelenberg

Strawberry Whiplash is a cracking name for a band, whose music had never really lived up to the quality of its name. Until this year and the release of their debut LP, Hits in the Car, pure indie-pop of the very best kind.

This, the record’s final track, is the perfect tune to wake up to.

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