Published May 11, 2009The Au Pairs, Kleenex, Chin Chin, Talulah Gosh, the Carousel, Love is All, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Vivian Girls, Mo-Dettes, the C86 era - all of those names are dropped in the Slumberland one-sheet for its new signing, Swedish girl trio Liechtenstein. (I'd also add Lush, without the oceanic reverb.)
As you may have noticed, the sound of Cherry Red and Sarah Records in the '80s, and Slumberland in the '90s, is back in full force, and Renée, Naemi and Elin are another fine example of why. This music's tweeness is always a little suspect, in terms of originality, but I like what Liechtenstein bring to the table: a nice, shapely sound that doesn't dwell on the bubblegum apathy that some bands feel is needed to pull off this sound. These girls mix up the angelic harmonies and jangle with plenty of off-kilter rhythms and buzz-saw guitars but most importantly, have melodies that won't get lost in the shuffle of the rebirth that's bound to keep growing.
Slumberland is set to issue their debut mini-LP, Survival Strategies In A Modern World, on June 2. You can hear a stream of it here.
Liechtenstein "Roses in the Park"