Songwriter Mike Lee and his comrades in Letting Up Despite Great Faults make indie-pop the way it was loosely defined in the late ’80s and early ’90s by the C86-ers, the Sarah Records crew and the twee army that followed. Letting Up’s new EP, “Alexander Devotion,” is out Feb. 10 via Heist or Hit Records (who released the debut by L.A.’s Northern American) and is the first new music since 2014 from the band that was formed in L.A. but is now based in Austin. With three full-lengths and an EP in their rear-view mirror since debuting in 2009, Letting Up always manages a way to sound incrementally different with each release. The new EP, on which Lee says he felt “a freer approach to songwriting,” is another chapter in the band’s catalog of jangling, fuzzy, motorik-fueled pop. For true indie-pop fans, these are the sighs of our times.
||| Stream: “Pageantry”
||| Watch: The video for “Starlet”