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Ripe 4 Luv

Young Guv

Ripe 4 Luv LP/CD

We've been fans of Toronto's Young Guv for a mighty long time, and are very pleased to bring you this fantastic mini-LP. Coming on like Big Star produced by Prince, this record smoothly covers everything from the rhythm box pop of "Crushing Sensation" to the power-pop classicism of "Crawling Back To You," from the brilliant jangle of "Living The Dream" to the Tears For Fears-tinged 80s vibe of epic closer "Wrong Crowd." Young Guv has been releasing singles, EPs and tapes for several years now (not to mention his work with Fucked Up, The Bitters and his Bad Actors label), but with Ripe 4 Luv he's finally fully realized his pop vision.

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Expect Delays

Evans The Death

Evans the Death return with their anxiously-awaited second album Expect Delays. Recorded again with producer Rory Atwell, the album bristles with an underlying tension and veers from rip-roaring noise to quiet contemplation, underpinned by Katherine Whitaker’s extraordinary voice. First single "Don't Laugh At My Angry Face" perfectly encapsulates what the album is about: dark, noise, sonically ambitious but still totally melodic. "Enabler" and "Bad Year" are classic Brit Pop, all boisterous guitars and sing-along vocals. Add in the raucous "Idiot Button" and the languorous "Waste of Sunshine" and you get a picture of a band completely in sync, reaching for the stars and getting there. A brilliant, inventive album.

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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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We Come From The Same Place

Allo Darlin'

Slumberland is very proud to partner with Allo Darlin' to release their eagerly awaited new album We Come From the Same Place. The third full-length recording from the much loved Anglo-Australian four-piece is made up of smart, beautiful pop music, with lyrics that resonate with experience and melodies that chime, echo and soar. The album combines the eagerness, urgency and immediacy of their 2010 self-titled debut with the contemplation, sophistication and ambition of their 2012 follow-up Europe, and yet it goes beyond either both sonically and in the song-writing.

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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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Chorus

Literature

Chorus LP/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.

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Wooden Head

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.

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Gilding The Lily

Devon Williams

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.

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Dalliance

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.

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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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Dissed And Dismissed

Tony Molina

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.

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New Gods

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.

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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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Stars Are Our Home

Black Hearted Brother

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.

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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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