Looking back to this year in independent music it is torn between regular New Wave and the rise of singer/songwriting or classic soul and some kind of dark wave. It was some kind of transition. More and more styles showed up and opened our ears to sounds long gone by. As an example is Mari Wilson who guided lots of people to classic soul - maybe it's the birth of Northern Soul - I don't know but many artists in this year showed us that there was more than punk/new wave. Anyway, old and new had their place in music and many of us became aware of the new sounds that was played (whys and wherefores could ABC have so many success?).
Aztec Camera - Pillar To Post
Everything But The Girl - Night And Day
Mary Wilson - The Wilsations Beat The Beat
The Lords Of The New Church - Open Your Eyes
The Toy Dolls - Nellie The Elephant
The Wild Swans - Revolutionary Spirit
Robert Wyatt - Shipbuilding