New releases, updated October 22, 2014
The June Brides "She Seems Quite Free"[7" » $5.50] [more info]
The June Brides She Seems Quite Free 7"
English pop legends The June Brides are back with their second single since re-forming back in 2011. The June Brides are true indie innovators, whose classic 80s records influenced everyone from The Smith/Morrissey to The Wedding Present and Belle & Sebastian. Smart, punk-influenced pop is the order of the day, bristling with jangly guitars, marvelous melodies and top-notch song-writing.
Literature "Chorus"[CD » $9.00] [more info]
Literature Chorus CD
Sparkling, classic indie-pop from a great young Philadelphia band that will sit comfortably next to your Orange Juice, Close Lobsters and The Pains of Being Pure At Heart records. The tunes on "Chorus" are timeless, immediate and well-crafted, each song exploding with energy, clever lyrics and brilliant instrumental detail. Every song on here could be a single; it's that stacked.
Terry Malts "Insides EP"[7" » $5.50] [more info]
Terry Malts Insides EP 7"
Since 2010 and over 2 albums and a slew of singles and tapes, Terry Malts have been exploring the murky area where hope meets disgust, an area populated with anger, hatred, exhaustion, delusion, seclusion, consumption, life, death, breathing, eating and a host of other conflicting and confusing ideas. Their records to date have a been a refreshing blast of catchy punk, pop-influenced but also chaotic, noisy, shredding. Now Terry Malts are releasing their first new material in almost a year. The Insides EP might be their most "pop" record yet, but don't let that make you believe that they've given up on the blazing, verge-of-feedback guitars or pummeling rhythms.
The Proper Ornaments "Wooden Head"[LP » $13.00] [CD » $9.00] [more info]
The Proper Ornaments Wooden Head LP/CD
Slumberland Records is pleased to bring you the debut album from London-based neo-psychedelic pop group The Proper Ornaments. Mining the rich territories between The Velvet Underground and The Beach Boys, Wooden Head features fourteen thrillingly taut and melodic pop songs with a deep undercurrent. Taking inspiration from Berlin-era Lou Reed, Jesus and Mary Chain's Darklands, The Television Personalities and West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, the songs are breezy and easy on the ear, with sublime harmonies and chiming Byrdsian guitar, but with a darker twist and a pervasive air of melancholy.
The Aislers Set "The Last Match"[LP » $13.00] [CD » $9.00] [more info]
The Aislers Set The Last Match LP/CD
Where The Aislers' debut Terrible Things Happen's synthesis of 60s mod-pop, 70s punk and 80s/90s indie flavors provided an end-of-the-century summation of where pop had been and where it was heading, 2000's The Last Match upped the ante even farther. More ambitious in conception, The Last Match expanded the band's sound into more orchestral areas. While the songs are still driving and catchy as a fish hook, the arrangements are far more sophisticated. It's a must-listen album, one that fueled fond memories, sparked love affairs, set off spontaneous dance parties, and reminded us all of the power of song-craft and melodies and POP. New color vinyl/CD reissues available now!
The Aislers Set "Terrible Things Happen"[LP » $13.00] [CD » $9.00] [more info]
The Aislers Set Terrible Things Happen LP/CD
The Aislers Set began as a vehicle for the songs of Linton, who had most recently co-led San Francisco's legendary Henry's Dress and drummed in Go Sailor with her pal Rose Melberg; this is their debut album from 1998. Not content to merely (!) write some of the most sublime pop tunes this side of Ray Davies, Linton got busy in her garage studio and recorded and produced almost the whole record by herself. It's a remarkable feat, and a love for such producers as Phil Spector and Brian Wilson shines from each and every groove. It's a beautiful, multi-layered record and a genuinely great achievement of home recording. New color vinyl/CD reissues available now!
Gold-Bears "Dalliance"[LP » $13.00] [CD » $8.00] [cassette » $6.00] [more info]
Gold-Bears Dalliance LP/CD/cassette
Atlanta's noise-pop greats are back with their long-awaited second album! Dalliance is more focused and abrasive than that 2011 debut, combining their noise-pop influences from forebears like Boyracer and The Wedding Present with shades of the post-hardcore, emo and post-punk on which the band all cut their musical teeth. This is not to say that Gold-Bears gave up impossibly catchy song-writing, just that their signature indie punk anthems are now even sharper, the guitars even more slashing, and the songs even more harrowing and heartfelt than ever.
Devon Williams "Gilding The Lily"[LP » $13.00] [CD » $8.00] [more info]
Devon Williams Gilding The Lily LP/CD
Devon Williams' third solo album is a tour de force of shimmering, melodic pop. Devon combines his broad musical tastes with exceptional song-writing and arranging skill, and an unerring ear for melody - all of which are in ample evidence on Gilding The Lily. Williams trademark sound is a seamless blend of power-pop, orchestrated soft-rock and layered, complex jangle-pop that recalls such forebears as The Church, Felt and Aztec Camera. Genuinely beautiful music that reveals a songwriter fully realizing his talent and reaching a new peak of craft and creativity.
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart "Simple And Sure"[7" » $5.50] [more info]
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart Simple And Sure 7"
Brooklyn Indie Pop stalwarts The Pains of Being Pure at Heart just announced their eagerly anticipated third LP entitled Days of Abandon, after two critically-acclaimed records that demonstrated the group's ability to shift musical registers from bedroom pop daydreams to Alternative Nation anthems. Slumberland is proud to join the band in releasing the first official single from the record, the buoyant "Simple And Sure." It's an upbeat pop gem that features a great hook, vocal accents from Jen Goma and one of the great choruses that The Pains are so well-known for. On the b-side we find the dreamy, melancholic "Impossible," a lovely tune exclusive to this single.
Withered Hand "New Gods"[LP » $14.00] [CD » $9.00] [Ltd Edition LP » $16.00] [more info]
Withered Hand New Gods LP/CD/Ltd Edition LP
The long-awaited second album from this respected Edinburgh artist. Produced by Tony Doogan (Mountain Goats, Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai, The Pastels) and featuring a stellar array of guests including members of Belle & Sebastian, Frightened Rabbit, Black Tambourine and The Vaselines, New Gods is a brilliant and impassioned piece of songwriting and arranging. Calling it "folk" or "pop" really only tells part of the story -- Withered Hand's music is beautiful, melodic, honest and beyond easy categorization.
Tony Molina "Dissed And Dismissed"[LP » $11.00] [cassette » $6.00] [CD » $6.00] [more info]
Tony Molina Dissed And Dismissed LP/cassette/CD
Breathless, lightning-quick power-pop songs that feature some of the best tunes we've heard in ages. Taking his cues from Thin Lizzy, Teenage Fanclub, Big Star, Dinosaur Jr and Guided By Voices, Tony has an unerring grasp on what makes great pop work, and these twelve songs (including an ace GBV cover) could all be lost 70s radio hits, albeit ones filtered through a love of punk and hardcore. Brevity is the name of the game here - most songs run under one minute and yet don't skimp at all on melody or self-deprecating humor. Awesome.
Joanna Gruesome "Weird Sister"[LP » $14.00] [CD » $9.00] [more info]
Joanna Gruesome Weird Sister LP/CD
We're excited to announce the release of the debut album by thrilling Cardiff-based noisepop five-piece Joanna Gruesome. Brimming with irresistible pop melodies and spiked with dissonant fuzzy jangle, their songs are shot through with loud discordant feedback and super-fast, hardcore punk drumbeats. Kicking against sexism and homophobia, nothing is off-limits, drawing inspiration from DIY scenes such as Riot Grrrl/noisepop/C86/K Records as well as post-hardcore like Drive Like Jehu/Converge and the art rock of The Velvet Underground, Swirlies and My Bloody Valentine.