I first heard this UK band, Envelopes, in the Escalator Records shop of all places. I asked the clerk what he was playing, since I couldn't quite place it. The song that was played, Isabelle and Leonard, sounded like Stephen Malkmus. But there is something clearner about this group. The combination of lo-fi pop, Mark Mothersburg soundtrack-esque arrangements, and Pavement-like chill guitar strumming make for an interesting sound for sure. Original in that it sounds like everything good all at once.
I've been listening to an album, Demon, that the group recorded. Buy it. I love it.