The Proper Ornaments – the project of James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Veronica Falls) and Max Oscarnold (Toy) – will release their sophomore album Foxhole…Read More
Slumberland began operations in 1989 as a collective effort consisting of members of DC area bands Velocity Girl, Big Jesus Trash Can/Whorl, Black Tambourine and Powderburns. We were inspired by such musical happenings as C-86, early Creation, Postcard, K, Bus Stop, lower East Side noise, and also the renegade art aesthetics of people like Cage, Burroughs and Duchamp. We were complete musical neophytes but so pumped-up about all the amazing things going on in post-punk independent music that we just had to jump in.
The explosion of punk had left behind a thriving network of ‘zines, labels and distributors and we felt that there was room for our noise-loving, pop-obsessed aesthetic. While there were loads of US indie labels releasing a steady stream of 7″s, there wasn’t much pop going on. Notable exceptions included Bus Stop, K and Picture Book, and we hoped to join that group and help chisel out some space for melodies amongst the noise.
Early releases from Velocity Girl and Black Tambourine struck a note, and we found like-minded popsters getting in touch from all over the world. As we expanded the label roster and our own horizons, the goal was always to bring you great songs and interesting sounds from a range of styles. We are justifiably proud of our influential series of releases that lasted throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, bringing you seminal records by legendary bands like Rocketship, The Ropers, Lorelei, The Aislers Set, Hood and Boyracer.
More than twenty years we are still at it, ploughing our own furrow and bringing you unique, genre-defining (and genre-defying!) releases from bands like The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Frankie Rose, Crystal Stilts, Veronica Falls, Weekend and many, many more. As always, we operate entirely outside of the echo chamber of trends, fashion and phoney hipness. Slumberland bands are independent in the best way possible — making music devoid of bullshit and true to their own voices, regardless of current popular taste.
The Proper Ornaments, is the project of James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Veronica Falls) and Max Oscarnold (Toy). The group has announced the release of…Read More
Real Numbers are streaming tracks from their forthcoming release Wordless Wonder. The full-length will be available on October 14th via Slumberland Records. Wordless Wonder…Read More
Real Numbers recently shared the second track “New Boy” off their forthcoming release Wordless Wonder, due out October 14th via Slumberland Records. Wordless Wonder…Read More
Four bands, two great labels, and two continents meet on this mini-LP. Slumberland Records and Fortuna POP! team up to bring you Continental Drift,…Read More
Friday marked the debut of Real Numbers’ latest track “Frank Infatuation,” taken from their upcoming debut album Wordless Wonders out October 14 on Slumberland…Read More
Four bands and two labels have created a new mini-LP. Slumberland Records and Fortuna POP! have joined together to release Continental Drift, an eight…Read More
Four great bands, two great labels and two continents meet on this stellar mini-LP. Frequent collaborators Slumberland Records and Fortuna POP! team up to…Read More
Mercury Girls formerly of NYC Popfest alums Pet Milk is flanked by the guitar interplay of Attics (Literature, former Pitchfork Media) and O’Halloran (Little Big…Read More
Philadelphia, PA’s Mercury Girls features Sarah Schimineck, Kevin Attics, Andrew Hagiwara, Chris Schackerman, and Kevin O’Halloran. Schimineck, formerly of NYC Popfest alums Pet Milk…Read More
Bent Shapes make their Slumberland Records debut on March 11th with the release of Wolves of Want. The Boston band’s new album recorded with…Read More
Welsh band, Joanna Gruesome member, Owen Gruesome guests on ‘Records In My Life’. He talks about his favourite albums, including titles by Broadcast, Nina…Read More