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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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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.
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.
this debut album from Cracked Actors of northern England just fell into my lap recently when the band wrote me out of the blue requesting I release their record. Well, I just happened to really like it, so I happily obliged and here we are two months later with the newest Jigsaw release! The band they actually remind me the most of is an obscure 80s group from the southern US called Carnival Season - with their crunchy guitar sound, raspy vocals and super-catchy powerpop songs - but seeing as fewer than five people will get that reference, I'll instead just say they're a mix between mid-period Replacements and Mega City Four. Ten punchy songs in exactly 21½ minutes - you can't go wrong with that!
Not limited. All songs written by Cracked Actors. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
orignally released about two years ago on Kolibri Rekords of Jakarta, this Indonesian band's debut full-length has been out of print for some time now, and we're all too happy to bring it back into the world! The eight songs on this album shimmer and sparkle along with the best of Beach Fossils, Seapony and EZTV's work - easy-going and very dreamy sounding, with hushed male vocals over reverbed-out strummy guitars and laidback songs. And if you like these songs, wait until you hear their new record, due out on Jigsaw next year!
Not limited. All songs written by Kaveh Kanes. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
Half Forward Line is the new band from Brian Kelly (So Cow), Niall Murphy (Oh Boland) and drummer/recordist Ciaran o Maoláin. The plan for the band was to write a set of new songs as quickly as possible and perform them as soon as possible for a good old-fashioned lark, and as a result, the trio have crafted a short, sharp dose of power pop. Recorded over two days in the lounge of a derelict rural Irish pub, this album takes in tales of wedded bliss, social anxiety and the perils of letting someone try on your glasses. Infused with the pioneering jangling spirit of the Flying Nun roster, along with garage rock sonics and Kelly's inimitable brand of buzzsaw pop and slice-of-life lyrics, Half Forward Line have delivered a half-hour album hallmarked by hook-laden songs.
Not limited. All songs written by Half Forward Line. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
based in Edinburgh, Scotland, the Occasional Flickers have been around for over a decade and this is their third album to date, after full length releases on Plastilina and Linger On Records (as well as a 7" on Cloudberry). Their sound is almost distinctly Scottish (even though band leader/songwriter Giorgos Bouras is originally from Athens, Greece), in the style of the Orchids and Belle & Sebastian. Though the songs are predominately light and breezy jangly pop, they also display some grand tendencies (see the epic "Most Of The Time" as a prime example). Overall, this is a well-thought out album and well worth the wait!
Not limited. All songs written by The Occasional Flickers. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
hailing from Dublin, Ireland, Shrug Life have only been around for a couple years, and here we have their debut full length. Musically, they remind me a lot of the Lodger and fellow countrymen (and Jigsaw labelmates) So Cow, with their edgy and energetic yet very melodic indiepop sound. And lyrically, their well-written songs tackle everything from life's shortcomings and drudgeries to more serious topics like local politics and abortion rights. Co-released with Ireland's Little L Records, this is a strong batch of songs that we're proud to share with the world!
Not limited. All songs written by Shrug Life. Available digitally on Bandcamp.