New releases, updated July 22, 2014
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.
Gold-Bears "Dalliance"[LP » $13.00] [CD » $8.00] [more info]
Gold-Bears Dalliance LP/CD
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.
Girls Names "The Next Life"[12" vinyl » $10.00] [more info]
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.
Black Hearted Brother "Stars Are Our Home"[2xLP » $21.00] [CD » $9.00] [more info]
Black Hearted Brother Stars Are Our Home 2xLP/CD
Brilliant space-rock/shoegaze/post-everything album from this new group that features Neil Halstead (Slowdive, Mojave 3), Mark Van Hoen (Locust, Seefeel) and Nick Holton (Holton's Opulent Oog). They've all worked together for years on various projects and now team up to give us wide-ranging double-LP that could only come from a band with this much talent and experience. A gorgeously-textured yet experimental album, it's rich tapestry of sound creates an almost synaesthesic experience, overflowing with enraptured, glowing textures, flaring white light like magnesium, in consort with brilliant red-blue waves of psychedelia.
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.
The Mantles "Long Enough To Leave"[LP » $14.00] [CD » $9.00] [more info]
The Mantles Long Enough To Leave LP/CD
The Mantles are back with their second great album! Recorded with Kelley Stoltz, this fine album delivers all the classic Mantles 60s-tinged garage-pop thrills of their previous record, but with an even clearer, punchier, dare we say better sound. Sharp ears may spot bits of early Love, New Zealand's Flying Nun label and LA's Paisley Underground, but The Mantles are very far from revivalists and have more song-writing and arranging skill at their disposal than many bands could hope to have.