Label Spotlight: Slumberland Records
Influential indie label Slumberland Records formed in Washington, D.C., in 1989. Although its roster initially championed a vast array of genres and eras -- including noisy dream-rock (Boyracer, Velocity Girl, Swirlies), indie pop (Rocketship, Go Sailor, The Aislers Set) and shimmery folk (Nord Express) -- the earnestness, simplicity and ragged charm of these early bands set the label apart. In recent years, Slumberland has re-emerged as a major player in indie rock; its bands trade in early '80s gloom (Girls Names, Crystal Stilts, Weekend), neo-'80s college rock (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Veronica Falls, Evans the Death), strummy indie (Allo Darlin', The Lodger) and even haunted synth-pop (Violens, Frankie Rose). To celebrate Slumberland Records' past glories and modern resurgence, here's a catalog-spanning primer.