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Jigsaw Records is the label/record shop/mailorder that sticks up for the little guys, specializing in indiepop, janglepop, lo-fi pop, indie rock, powerpop, twee, punky pop and pretty much any other kind of fun music that we fancy. We carry records/cds/tapes from small independent bands and labels from all over the country and world, and strive to keep our prices as low as possible.
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the Sunbathers splashed onto the scene in 2012 with a cdep and 7" on the sorely-missed Dufflecoat label, and immediately impressed us with their gentle and hushed seaside-themed tweepop in the style of the Marine Girls. The duo have mostly been silent ever since, but we're now proud to present their debut full-length album, titled "A Weekend Away With...". Like their earlier works, this has a very strong Marine Girls vibe to it, complete with beach sounds and minimal hand percussion accompaniment to the gently strummed guitars. Side note: Julie's voice sounded very familiar to me when I first heard the band, but it wasn't until much later that I found out that she was actually the singer of Confetti (who released some wonderful 7"s on Sunday, Heaven and Marineville in the '90s)!
Not limited. All songs written by The Sunbathers. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
even before Seapony went on their hiatus, their chief songwriter, Danny Rowland, started his solo project, Space Daze. He released a tape on the Beautiful Strange label back in 2014, titled "Follow My Light Back Home", but everything he's put out since then has been digital-only on his own Bandcamp. Well, this collects all of those digital releases onto a packed disc clocking in at nearly 74 minutes! Musically, this is not all that different from Seapony, only there is quite a bit more variety to the songwriting, as is often the case with solo projects. Also, with Danny's voice at the front, this sounds a bit less like his other band, and more like, say, Beach Fossils or Real Estate. A gentle and pleasant listen!
Not limited. All songs written by Space Daze. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
following on the heels of their fabulous 4-song debut 7" on Kingfisher Bluez, Jigsaw is proud to present the debut album from Pre Nup, a husband/wife duo from Calgary, Canada. This blink-and-you'll-miss-it classic is only about 24 minutes long (when you include the hidden bonus track available only on the cd - how '90s!), but man, is it ever packed with hit after hit! Their sound is best described as energetic crash-pop, similar to that which bands like Cause Co-Motion, So Cow and Times New Viking have mastered. The songs are short and catchy with lots of fuzzy guitars and self-deprecating lyrics. A fun ride, for sure!
Not limited. All songs written by Pre Nup. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
Cozy Slippers is a Seattle trio with dual-lead female vocals and a warm veneer of nostalgia. Following their self-released debut EP from 2017, Jigsaw is happy to present their second EP, "Postcards", which is another five slices of pure indiepop in the style of Cub, Heavenly and the Icicles. Jangly guitars abound on these songs, but you'll also find hints of keyboards that help flesh out the sound. And memorable melodies? Oh yeah - lots of those, too! Just try and get the chorus of "Back And Forth" out of your head after one listen... Expect big things from this new band!
Not limited. All songs written by Cozy Slippers. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
it has been over four years since the last Watoo Watoo album ("Une Si Longue Attente", also on Jigsaw), but the band members have been busy with their own side projects, Photon (Michaël) and Montclair (Pascale). They have reconvened one more time, however, to make one more gorgeous POP! record, entitled "Modern Express". Falling somewhere in between Stereolab, Felt and Broadcast, with a heavy dose of original French pop, the duo have created yet another instant classic filled with jangly guitars, vintage synths and lovely bilingual female vocals, besting their already stellar prior output. Be sure to pick up the cd, which is the only place to get their cover of a translated British hit as a bonus track!
Not limited. All songs written by Watoo Watoo, except track 11 by the Wedding Present. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
Stewart Tudor-Jackman spent his younger days leading the indiepop duo, the Kensingtons, in the mid-'90s and even revived the name some years back, releasing EPs on Dufflecoat, Anorak and Cloudberry. This new project of his, however, is miles away from the rather twee pop sound of the Kensingtons - instead, we have four slices of good, solid powerpop a la Matthew Sweet, the Posies and Fountains Of Wayne. Let's put it this way: if Not Lame Records were still around, this would've fit perfectly on their roster between Cherry Twister and Martin Luther Lennon. A great taste of what's to come!
Not limited. All songs written by Candybomber. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
composed of a bunch of friends of mine, I've been a fan of this Seattle band since they first formed about a year ago, and Jigsaw is happy to introduce the world to them via their self-titled debut EP. Simply put, Flying Fish Cove play pure indiepop in the style of Heavenly, Go Sailor and Tiger Trap, with nimble guitar melodies and layers of sugary-sweet vocals on top of four memorable songs. Already working on their follow-up, this is a great taste for this young and fresh band who - spoiler alert - I've recently joined on drums!
Not limited. All songs written by Flying Fish Cove. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
hailing from Italy, this is the second full-length from Beat Degeneration, following their debut cassette on Weiner Records. The trio plays a mix of indie rock, indiepop and powerpop, channeling bands like Surfer Blood, the Drums and Crocodiles (whose Charles Rowell produced this very album). Their songs have a wide range of moods with some songs, like "Jamie Is Gone" and "I Love You Sweetly", having big and catchy (dare I say, radio-friendly?) choruses, and others, like the ambient surf-instrumental, "Pappelallee", and the record's piano-centered closer, "Painted On The Wall", showing off a gentler side. Yes, there's a bit of something for everyone on this cool and varied album.
Not limited. All songs written by Beat Degeneration. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
last year, we reintroduced the world to Les Autres, an excellent French indie rock band from the '90s, via a compilation entitled "Backwards". Now, we're happy to present the debut album (after a couple self-released digital-only EPs) from Megrim, which is the new project of that older band's guitarist/vocalist, Olivier Doreille. Like Les Autres, comparisons can be drawn to early '90s contemporaries such as Lorelei and Hood, but Megrim's sound is a bit more fleshed out, at times reminding me a lot of early Death Cab For Cutie and Nada Surf. Their songs are sometimes driving, other times melancholic, but always interesting, making for a well-rounded and rewarding album to listen to.
Not limited. All songs written by Megrim. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
it's been quite a few years since Anthony's last release, the self-titled Anthony Rochesters EP, and even longer since his last solo album, "Hot Hits '96" (both also on Jigsaw), but that's what happens when life gets in the way. But despite the long wait, his sound has not changed all that much; he's still playing easy-going AM-styled soft-pop filled with vintage synths and melodies galore. You'll even find a little bit of a disco feel in songs like "Parasep Discotheque" and "Let's Make Love Happen". The band he reminds me the most of is the Simple Carnival, but he also has a bit of a Jens Lekman-esque charm to him - and try as you might, it's really hard to resist good old Anthony Rochester...
Not limited. All songs written by Anthony Rochester. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
Popincourt released a smashing lp on Jigsaw last year called "A New Dimension To Modern Love", and now they follow up with an equally brilliant single called "The Brilliant Missing Link"! The A-side is an instantly catchy hit in the style of Paul Weller, Joe Jackson or Ray Davies, that's sure to brighten up your spring, while the flip gives us the full version of "ImprovISAtion", which was previously only available as a couple teasing snippets on the album. A thrilling single, available in a limited edition in a thick, handsome sleeve!
300 copies pressed. All songs written by Popincourt. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
two years after their self-titled 2015 debut EP, The Speedlights of Denton, Texas return with their first full length album. The ten new tracks build on the late '70s powerpop influences that formed the earlier recordings, but it's almost as if the band have now moved ahead a few years into the new wave early '80s. The catchy hooks are still ever present for the quartet, though the addition of periodic synthesizer lines and occasionally darker moods are more akin to The Cars than The Knack this time out.
Not limited. All songs written by the Speedlights. Available digitally on Bandcamp.