Slumberland update: The Lodger's Life Is Sweet out now!


26 May 2008, 15:44

hello all-
It's a bank holiday weekend here in the US, and what better way to spend it than watching our baseball team sweep the world series champs, get a ferocious ear-ringing evening of great pop from Vivian Girls and The Mantles, and of course update you nice people with the latest news from Slumberland.

The Lodger - Life Is Sweet is out now!
Man oh man are we excited about this album! Following up a great debut album like Grown-Ups is no mean task, but The Lodger come up trumps with their fabulous new album Life Is Sweet.

If you've heard the lead-off single The Good Old Days, you have some idea of how great this record is. Synthesizing all that we love about great pop bands like Orange Juice, Aztec Camera and The Go-Betweens, The Lodger have crafted a set of songs that pay respects to classics of the past but still burst with fresh invention. Focussing on song-writing and arranging, the group have expanded their sonic palette with judicious use of pedal steel, violin and 12-string and in doing so have put together what is surely one of the top pop albums of the year.

But don't take our word for it; mosey on over to the album page for more information, reviews and sample mp3s and dig the greatness that is Life Is Sweet.

More Searching For The Now singles soon
Our Searching For The Now series continues on June 17 with two great new split singles. Volume 3 pairs up a ethereal Pastels cover by A Sunny Day In Glasgow with a sweet original from The Sunny Street (What, you don't have their excellent album on Lavender? Get it!). Volume 4 features the amazing fuzz-pop perfection of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart backed with a bracing blast of pogo-pop from our Australian mates Summer Cats. Both singles are on color vinyl and come wrapped in just plain lovely hand letter-pressed sleeves. Keep an eye on this space for pre-order info, these are bound to go fast!

The return of Phil Wilson
Also out in mid-June is a classy double 7 EP from the legendary Phil Wilson. As the creative force behind seminal 80s English pop titans The June Brides Phil should require no introduction, and we're awfully pleased to be able to bring you some of his first new recordings in years. It's a rather interesting record too, featuring acoustic drone-folk covers of Faust, Throbbing Gristle, S/T and Kraftwerk. Titled Industrial Strength, this record is a brilliant and mesmerizing treat that has hardly left our CD player since we got the masters. Welcome back, Mr. Wilson.

And after that...
Yes indeed. Still in the works are amazing 7s from Glasgow's glamorous Sexy Kids (ex-royal we -- if you don't know get to know!) and Brooklyn crash-pop geniuses Cause Co-Motion! And a little further down the line, Slumberland continues the Brooklyn theme with debut albums from The Pains of Being Pure At Heart and Crystal Stilts. Both of these records are shaping up to be mind-blowers of the first degree, so keep an eye on this page for more info and preview MP3 as they become available.

Busy times here Chez Slumber!


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