The New York City noise-pop band has been busy for the last four years, but flew mainly under the radar until their second album dropped in 2011.
Their smashing sophomore effort was produced by Alan Moulder and Flood. Those names are watermarks of some of the greatest indie rock records from the 1990s. Right out of the gate, the first song on the album — “Belong” has an unmistakable 1993 sound. You might think that you’re listening to a Smashing Pumpkins b-side from Siamese Dream. Producers Alan Moulder and Flood both worked with Smashing Pumpkins, but not on Siamese Dream. That’s not the point though. The album starts off sounding like a Smashing Pumpkins record, or even a Curve record. By the end, it’s sounded like a lot of things that Flood and Moulder have had their hands on or near.
And that’s not a bad thing.
“Girl of 1,000 Dreams” sounds like The Jesus And Mary Chain. It sounds like Love And Rockets. It sounds more late-1980s than 1990s. It’s not big and bright like “Belong”. It’s not silver pants, bright lights and mirrors. It’s not sexy. It’s dirty. It’s whiskey, leather and cigarettes. It’s the buzz of motorcycles and chainsaws.
That said, the sentiment of this song is pretty much the feeling that I get when I listen to the album. “Everything’s gonna be okay”.
It’s less than three minutes, but I wish it could go on for at least another three. Or six.
TPOBPAH are one of the best things going at a label that has a lot going for it right now. Slumberland Records went on hiatus after the 1990s ended, but they returned a few years ago. I thought that they were pretty strong in 1995, but 2011 proved to be a phenomenal year for them. At least in terms of quality. I can’t speak to their P&L sheets, but they’re putting out some really good records.
Order a physical copy of Belong directly from Slumberland here. There’s also a link on that page for buying a badass mini mp3 player in the form of a Belong lapel button. Of course digital copies are also available.