SLR30 Singles Subscription Series

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If you know much about the history of the label, you know that Slumberland began in 1989 as a 7" label and was always inspired by the ephemeral and often electric pleasures to be had from the perfect single. Featuring a concentrated taste of what an artist has to offer, the 7" was traditionally the format of choice for young bands just getting their feet under them, as well as for chart-bound efforts by established bands. Over the last 29 years Slumberland has released 126 7"s, and even though downloads and streaming and playlisting have stolen a lot of the "you heard it here first" thunder from the vinyl single, we think that there's still something pretty magical about the not-so-humble 7".

To help start the celebration of our 30th birthday and help folks reconnect with our favorite vinyl format, we are launching the SLR30 Singles Subscription Series, featuring 12 13 singles to be released over the next eighteen months, the final entry slated to appear right around Slumberland's birthday in December 2019. The goal is to work with a group of artists not traditionally associated with the label, to showcase bands' best material and, as always, to help get some of the finest music around out there in a tangible format.

The plan is to release a pair of singles every three months and to hit subscribers' mailboxes with something truly special. While the singles will be available to record shops, subscribers will get exclusive color vinyl pressings, fun goodies throughout the series, and finally a bonus single at the conclusion of the subscription that will not be available elsewhere. All of the singles will be subject to one pressing only, in quantities we might reasonably call "very limited."

BREAKING NEWS: the mystery bonus 7" in our SLR30 Singles Series will be an exclusive 7" of the original, lost Inner Ear mixes of Black Tambourine's "Throw Aggi Off The Bridge" single. For series subscribers only!

While the final list of bands is still being completed, the first two singles are in production and slated to ship in late-September. Featured in this first pair are Australian pop geniuses Rat Columns and Sheffield's 90s indie legends The Suncharms. Rat Columns feature members of Total Control and Lace Wings in their ranks, and the three songs on their SLR single are pop gems very much in the lineage of Australian pop from The Go-Betweens to more recently Terry and Dick Diver. The Suncharms single is an especially appropriate entry in the series, as the band was slated to release a single on Slumberland back in the mid 90s only to be derailed by the untimely demise of the group. Now they are back, and the two psychedelic, shoegazey tunes on this 7" are a welcome return for the band.

Future entries will include records from Dolly Dream (featuring Meg Remy from U.S. Girls and members of other crucial Toronto bands), Baltimore's Wildhoney, Pale Lights and Lake Ruth from NYC, UK faves Flowers, Failed Flowers (featuring pals Anna Burch and Fred Thomas), David Lance Callahan (from SLR fave bands The Wolfhounds and Moonshake) and SF's brilliant Odd Hope. Expect more surprises, loads of classic tunes and what we think will be a very fun ride. Do note that while we are planning as regular a shipping schedule as possible, vinyl production can be pretty unpredictable and delays might pop up at some point. Please be patient; we'll definitely make this a very cool series to be a part of.

And definitely stay tuned for more 30th birthday news coming soon!

Notice: we're down to the last few subscriptions that will include ALL the records pressed on color vinyl.

The price for all 13 singles will be $100 in the US, postage included.

Because postage outside the US is so expensive, we're offering a few options to consolidate your order and save a LOT of postage. You can either get the singles two at a time on the normal release schedule, all at the end of the series (MUCH CHEAPER!), or split into two batches if you can't wait until the end to get them all. If you want to get multiple subscriptions (perhaps to split postage with a friend) we will do the math and refund you the extra postage. We know overseas postage costs are bonkers and want to do what we can to help!

Out/shipped already

The Suncharms "Red Dust"

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Red Dust

The Suncharms Red Dust 7"

Sheffield's The Suncharms formed in 1989 out of an indie scene that was just expanding from straight indiepop into territory that would soon be known as shoegaze. Two EPs were released in 1991 on the Wilde Club label; the Slumberland Records crew LOVED those two EPs -- they had all the guitar overload we craved, but wrapped around some unusually crafty pop tunes. Less ethereal or abstract than a lot of shoegaze, accurate reference points might include early Ride or The Boo Radleys. We first approached the band about the possibility of releasing something way back in 1992, but the band broke up soon thereafter and it's taken 25 years and a timely band reformation to finally make this single happen. And it's an absolute corker - melodic and psychedelic, 'gazey but tough and not at all gauzy. It's great to have them back!


Rat Columns "Sometimes We're Friends"

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Sometimes We're Friends

Rat Columns Sometimes We're Friends 7"

Rat Columns, the ever changing musical project of David West and friends, emerged from the desert outpost of Perth, Western Australia in the late 2000s, influenced by largely anglocentric forms such as post-punk and jangle pop and emitting a steady stream of 7"s, EPs and three full length albums along the way. The songs included on this EP were recorded at the same time as their 2017 album Candle Power in Guildford, Western Australia, in a back shed studio on a rambling riverside property. Well-crafted, literate pop in the best tradition of 3rd album Velvet Underground, the Postcard label, early Creation label and The Go-Betweens.



The bonus 13th single!