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Confront The Truth

Tony Molina

We've all been waiting WAY too long for a new Tony Molina record, and this here eight song EP delivers in spades. Leaving the guitar crunch behind, Tony spotlights his formidable songwriting with spare, mostly acoustic arrangements that owe as much to early Bee Gees and Teenage Fanclub's mellower moments as they do to Georges Harrison and Martin. The sadness of this music has precedents in pop's past indeed, but in these songs you hear exactly what Tony found in those influences that shaped his experience -- years upon years of focus and isolation in developing his guitar and writing skills to speak to these truths. The main difference here is that where Tony's previous works felt casual and easy to digest, here we feel the full weight of his emotional needs pressed against the gentlest and most careful music of his career. The record's coda, a highlight reel of Thin Lizzy's "Banshee," indicates that the Tony you knew is still in there, but the game has changed, and the rules are entirely his own. Tony Molina is in complete control of his own destiny, and we should all care about where he's going.

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Pretty Fucking Sick (Of It All)

Joanna Gruesome

Joanna Gruesome release their first material since the departure of vocalist Alanna McArdle and it shows the band turning the page in a most authoritative fashion. Following a chance meeting in an occult bookshop, the band’s new line up features two amazing and inspiring women, Kate Stonestreet (formerly of queer punks Pennycress) on melodic vocals/shouting/screaming and Roxy Brennan (of Two White Cranes and Grubs) on melodic vocals/keyboard, joining Owen Williams (guitar/vocals), George Nicholls (guitar), Max Warren (bass) and Dave Sandford (drums).

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Bones

Linden

The second single from critically acclaimed album Rest And Be Thankful is an old school double A-side: "Broken Glass" and brand new track "Bones," featuring the lo-fi traditional skronk of young upstarts JR Green. "Bones" was written one wintery morning at the window of Inver Cottage, an old fisherman’s croft on the shores of Loch Fyne. In December 2015 _Linden (Joe, Marco, Eric and Stuart) went to The Barne Studio in Duntocher with the wonderful JR Green; rehearsed, recorded and mixed the track on the same day. . . old skool! The day was beautifully captured by film-maker and Young Bafta winner Iain Henderson.

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Memory

The Mantles

Memory 7"

The Bay Area's garage-pop greats The Mantles are back with their first new recordings since Long Enough To Leave and a tweaked line-up featuring the swirling keyboards of Carly Putnam and the rock-solid bass of Matt Bullimore. Memory is an upbeat song that recalls some of the finest of the Paisley Underground bands. Buoyed by Justin's twangy lead guitar and Carly's organ, "Memory" boasts the kind of easy lope and indelible melody that The Mantles make seem so effortless. On the flip we have "Undelivered," a rootsy tune whose psychedelic keyboards and moody demeanor align it firmly with the best of New Zealand's Flying Nun label.

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Joanna Gruesome/Perfect Pussy "Astonishing Adventures" Comic/Split EP

various artists

The Joanna Gruesome/Perfect Pussy mutual admiration society had an emergency meeting and this split single was the result. Each band does one original song and one cover, and the single comes with a super cool 24-page comic by renowned artist Phil McAndrew. It's a fantastic package, the bands' styles complementing each other perfectly. A brilliant racket, and a fun read.

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All I Have To Do

Devon Williams

Taken from his brilliant album Gilding The Lily, "All I Have To Do" is a gorgeous slice of indiepop with a sumptuous, 70s soft rock sheen. Epic, but in the prettiest and most subdued way. On the "b-side" we have a perfectly complementary re-working of album highlight "Around In A Maze" that lends the song a melodic, Tears For Fears-ish drive. Lush and timeless.

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She Seems Quite Free

The June Brides

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.

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Insides EP

Terry Malts

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.

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Simple And Sure

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart

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.

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The Next Life

Girls Names

The Next Life 12" vinyl

Belfast four-piece Girls Names follow-up their critically acclaimed second album, The New Life with this new limited edition EP, entitled "The Next Life." On the A side is an awesome cover version of Brian Eno's "Third Uncle" recorded this past August, the first Girls Names tune to feature new drummer Gib Cassidy. On the B side are two sterling remixes, one from legendary producer/composer David Holmes and the other from Gabe Gurnsey of electronic/post punk iconoclasts Factory Floor.

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Broken Toy

Veronica Falls

With their second album "Waiting For Something to Happen," London quartet Veronica Falls progressed remarkably from the ramshackle charm of their critically lauded eponymous debut to create something sleeker, more polished but no less poignant and affecting, packing an emotional punch even as the choruses and hooks were more infectious and addictive. In keeping with our penchant for perfect pop, we're now releasing one of the album's highlights, "Broken Toy," as a limited edition 7" vinyl single. It's the kind of song that singles were invented for -- driving and catchy, an ideal distillation of what makes Veronica Falls such an exciting young band. It's timeless and, dare we say, classic. On the b-side we'e included an exclusive demo version of the moody "If You Still Want Me."

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Waiting For Something To Happen

Veronica Falls

With their second album "Waiting For Something To Happen," London quartet Veronica Falls progressed remarkably from the ramshackle charm of their critically lauded eponymous debut to create something sleeker, more polished but no less poignant and affecting. Following on from instant classic singles "My Heart Beats" and "Teenage," the band's new single is a crisp new mix of the album's brilliant title tune. Based on a ridiculously catchy main guitar riff and blessed with an ear-worm of a chorus, this tune shows Veronica Falls at their poptastic best. On the flip is a brand new b-side, "Perpetual Motion," which was recorded in New York during the band's recent US tour. A brief but satisfying foray into psychedelia, it shows another side of Veronica Falls and provides further proof that they're one of the most vital pop groups around.

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Ordinary Girls

English Singles

Second Slumberland single for this great Sacramento DIY band. Featuring members of local legends The Bananas, Nar and Bright Ideas, English Singles mine a rich tradition of DIY pop that stretches from Swell Maps and The Television Personalities through to The McTells and The Sea Lions. Three scratchy and home-made (but NOT lo-fi!) sings that take pop back to the basics of catchy tunes, urgent guitars and sing-along choruses.

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Creep The Creeps

Kids On A Crime Spree

Oakland's Kids On A Crime Spree are back with this first new record since their "We Love You So Bad" EP of 2011. The new single "Creep The Creeps" has been a staple of the group's live set for a while now, and we're excited to finally have it on vinyl. It's punchy, handclap-driven power-pop of the very highest order, with a driving dance beat, golden 60s pop chops with Ramones-y fuzz drive. "New Ex-Boyfriend" on the flip adds some minor-key drama and echoed surf guitar leads to the mix. It's a heady combination, and points to new directions for exploration.

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Teenage

Veronica Falls

Teenage 7"

The first single from Veronica Falls' "Waiting For Something To Happen," "Teenage" was was posted on Soundcloud in November 2012 and became an instant indiepop anthem. By popular demand we're now making "Teenage" available as a limited edition 7" single and digital download. It's the ideal encapsulation of Veronica Falls; perfectly balancing joyous melodic pop with undercurrents of sadness and adolescent yearning. The vocal harmonies are pure heaven, and the economical playing and arranging showcase a band operating at a level of skill and craft not often found in today's indiepop scene. Plainly put, "Teenage" is perfect pop and sure to be one of the finest singles of 2013.

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The New Life

Girls Names

The New Life 12" vinyl

Now expanded to a four piece with a more progressive and expansive sound, Girls Names' new single The New Life clocks in at over 7 minutes and takes you on a journey that mirrors the feelings of a band living and working in economy stricken Northern Ireland - the perfect soundtrack of the bleakness to where they exist. The B-side is a mesmerizing, dubbed-out JD Twitch Optimo remix of the single.

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Northern Lights

Allo Darlin'

The superbly jangly "Northern Lights" is the third single to be taken from Allo Darlin's excellent second album Europe. Written about a New Year's Eve spent in Sweden the song somehow manages to imbue a wintery scene with a sweet breath of sunshine as Elizabeth Morris' voice rings out clear as a bell and Paul Rain's guitar melodies shine brightly. It's backed by "Golden Age," a B-side which seems to exist simply to prove that Allo Darlin' have super-catchy melodic pop gems to burn. All copies pressed on orange vinyl.

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Catch Your Cold

Evans The Death

Evans The Death are back with this ace new single, truly on the the highlights on an album that's full of them. Insanely catchy and bursting with youthful energy, "Catch Your Cold" is the kind of tune that makes you realize that there is still plenty of joy to be found in good old guitar pop. Look out too for B-side "Crying Song" for which the band persuaded comedian Stewart Lee to sob uncontrollably over their rambunctious musical backing. All copies on white vinyl with a cool silver-embossed sleeve.

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