Manchester musician Julie Ann Campbell, aka Lonelady, might brand herself as “post-punk,” but her sophomore album Hinterland shows she’s got some rhinestones and glitter hidden in her musical arsenal. Combining ’80s pop with her usual euro-new wave sound, her music is different from the current roster of indie musicians hijacking the ’80s aesthetic. One major difference is how she avoids over-production pit falls by relying on catchy hooks and simple guitar riffs. Without much effort, she manages to create an album with all the head-bopping flair of a pop album while still maintaining its post-punk roots.
“Bunkerpop” is the lead single, but it’s far from my favorite track on the album. For a taste, you can stream the full thing.