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Indie Roundup: Five New Albums to Stream Now

Here's what to listen to this week.

Fryd Frydendahl

If you're anything like us, you're probably overwhelmed by the sheer number of albums being released on a weekly basis.

Popdust's weekly column, Indie Roundup, finds the five best albums coming out each week so that you don't have to. Every Friday, we'll tell you what's worth listening to that might not already be on your radar.

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Interview: Chiiild's Yonatan Ayal Wants To Connect With You

The singer talks about his new song "Gone," and Chiiild's new album Hope For Sale

Peter Hou

Whether he's just sitting on his couch with close friends or crafting psychedelic indie-pop as Chiiild's frontman, Yonatan Ayal believes that fluid dialogue is the key to an amazing piece of art.

"Faith is all about that exchange of energy," Yonatan told me. "When you haven't seen somebody for two weeks, and then you finally meet up and show them what you've been working on. There's an exchange there that sustains you until the next time." So after a year filled with isolated days and lonely nights, the question remains: How can Chiiild tap further into that exchange? How deeply can music resonate?

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An Introduction to Twee Pop in 8 Essential Albums

From Beat Happening to Belle & Sebastian, we look at eight albums that came to define an underground subgenre.

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There's indie music. There's pop music. And then, there's indie pop.

Before indie pop was used as a descriptor for left-leaning pop acts like HAIM, Gus Dapperton, and King Princess, the subgenre embodied a very different ethos. Originally stemming from the British post-punk movement of the 1970s, the indie pop scene that followed appealed to young music geeks who appreciated DIY methods, a playful attitude, and good, old-fashioned songs about crushes.

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Tia Gostelow releases new single "Two Lovers"

Indie synth talent Tia Gostelow can be recognized for her effervescent vintage vibes.

Her masterful music draws you in with its plush pop arrangements and luminous '80s quality. The captivating singer's visuals for her colorful single "Two Lovers" provides all the feels. The track is a powerful narration of two people fighting for their relationship. Tia knows this all too well, as she is in a long-distance partnership and is committed every day to making it work.

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Before Its Time: The Doomsday Heartache of the Postal Service

Thirteen years after the Postal Service's only album, it remains a perfect blend of apocalyptic indie-electronica.

Back in 2003, before the United States Postal Service was at risk of imploding, its biggest kerfuffle was the cease and desist letter they sent to a certain indie band.

This band, of course, was the Postal Service—the new project of Ben Gibbard, who had already established himself in Pacific Northwest rock by this point as the frontman of Death Cab for Cutie. The USPS accused Gibbard and his bandmate, producer Jimmy Tamborello, of violating the agency's trademark mere months after their only album, Give Up, was released to generally positive acclaim.

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Fionn

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Meet Canadian indie-pop duo Fionn, who reveal the music video for "Modern Medication," a song about the heady power of social media.

Fionn - Modern Medication (Official Video) youtu.be


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