Release Date: Aug 14, 2012
Record label: Slumberland
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Having been among the first bands on the Slumberland Records roster back in the late 80’s/early 90’s, Lorelei are in a particularly envious position in regards to their ability to play around a bit with the labels' aesthetic. They are not the new band on the scene. They are the influence. They spent years, along with other bands like Lilys, Velocity Girl, and Black Tambourine, creating the sound that the label would eventually become known for.
The Slumberland Records revival that's been happening over the past few years is a story of past and present. Renewed interest in the label is partially due to a new generation of bands (the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Crystal Stilts, Veronica Falls) that have put out solid records on the California-by-way-of-D.C. imprint; it's also been kindled by reunion shows like Slumberland's 20th anniversary concerts and this year's Chickfactor 20 gigs.
With a smack of distorted guitar noise here and a slap of echo-heavy vocals there, Lorelei makes a successful post-rock comeback with its new album, Enterprising Sidewalks. This is the band’s first release in about 18 years, but it seems that the Slumberland veterans have no trouble picking up from where they left off on 1994’s Everyone Must Touch The Stove. While never abandoning that ’90s slacker aesthetic, the Washington, DC, threesome remain unpredictable, twisted and complex.Recorded with friends Archie Moore (Velocity Girl, Black Tambourine), Ben Bailes (Chessie) and mixed by Guy Fixsen (My Bloody Valentine, Moose, Laika), Enterprising Sidewalks is a multi-layered listen.