Today, Post-Trash is premiering “Candour,” the B-side to Flowers’ upcoming Slumberland 7″. Check out the premiere here. The 7″ single is due out on 12/4 & mark the end of the SLR30 series; sign up for the SLR30 Subscription Series here.Post-Trash described the single as “bare bones and stunning, like listening to a PJ Harvey demo, but with that power-pop penchant of Flowers hiding just beneath the surface.”
Formed in London in 2012, Flowers have released two albums and an increasingly assured string of singles on labels like Fortuna Pop, Kanine, Oddbox, Cloudberry and Where It’s At Is Where You Are. Those associations might give you an idea of where they are coming from: beautiful, effecting pop with echoes of C86 indie, post-punk pop, shoegaze, 90s 4AD and even a dash of early Slumberland Records. Far more than just a sum of their influences, they’ve dazzled pop fans around the world with their distinctively spiky songs and Rachel Kennedy’s thrilling, ethereal vocals.
“Erik” is their contribution to Slumberland’s SLR30 Singles Series and their first single since 2017. Written about their wayward pet hamster, it’s a lovely tune that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Belly or Breeders record, a prime piece of the grungy, fuzzy pop that Flowers are so expert at creating. On the flip, “Candour” is deeper and slower, recalling early SLR groups like Black Tambourine and Henry’s Dress, a connection that makes their participation in our singles series all the more appropriate.
If you know much about the history of the label, you know that Slumberland began in 1989 as a 7″ label and was always inspired by the ephemeral and often electric pleasures to be had from the perfect single. Featuring a concentrated taste of what an artist has to offer, the 7″ was traditionally the format of choice for young bands just getting their feet under them, as well as for chart-bound efforts by established bands. Over the last 30 years Slumberland has released over 130 7″s, and even though downloads and streaming and playlisting have stolen a lot of the “you heard it here first” thunder from the vinyl single, we think that there’s still something pretty magical about the not-so-humble 7″.
To help celebrate Slumberland’s 30th birthday and help folks reconnect with our favorite vinyl format, we have launched the SLR30 Singles Subscription Series. The goal is to work with a group of artists not traditionally associated with the label, to showcase bands’ best material and, as always, to help get some of the finest music around out there in a tangible format. The end of the series will also include a bonus single from Black Tambourine, which will be exclusively for SLR30 subscribers.