2016 is a big year for Swedish indiepop legends Red Sleeping Beauty. They'll not only perform their first live concert in 19 years, they will more importantly release their first album in 19 years! And to celebrate, Shelflife, along with Labrador Records, will release the band's new smash hit single "Mi Amor" b/w "Breaking Up Is Easy (Invisible Twin remix)" on March 25th.
"Mi Amor" is the band's first ever song with a chorus sung entirely in Spanish. "I knew I wanted the song to be called "Mi Amor." A quick Google search made it clear that 'tu calor' is the standard rhyme in most Spanish songs. For the words in-between, we got help from Spanish speaking friends," says Niklas Angergård. The song is a sad tale about a long distance Swedish/Spanish relationship presented in an exquisite mix of analogue synthesizers and Calypso guitars. "For the chorus, we pictured ourselves representing Spain in the 1968 Eurovision finals," adds Mikael Matsson.
The single is taken from their new album "Kristina" which will be released in the summer on Shelflife and Labrador Records. They will also be playing at the Madrid Popfest in March.
Red Sleeping Beauty formed in Stockholm in 1989 by singer Kristina Borg, singer/guitarist Niklas Angergård (Acid House Kings), guitarist Mikael Matsson (The Shermans), and bassist Carl-Johan Näsström. They made a huge impact on the international indiepop scene with two fantastic albums and a series of singles and EPs. Their first release was in 1992 with EP Pop Sounds (Marsh Marigold), followed by four 7"s all on different pop labels (Somersault, Motorway, Grimsey, and Sunday) before returning to Marsh-Marigold for the first full length Bedroom. They then signed to the legendary Siesta Records to release their fifth single Sick & Tired, their second album Soundtrack, and a compilation of singles. In 2014, the band reunited in the studio to record "Just For Fun," an Alpaca Sports cover, as well as "Merry Christmas, Marie" as a special holiday track. In 2015, pop fans rejoiced with their spectacular return to vinyl with the "Always" 7" on Shelflife.
For fans of: Acid House Kings, The Shermans, Club 8
Red Sleeping Beauty
limited white vinyl:
Catalogue number: LIFE133
Pressing: white 7" vinyl with digital download.
Artwork by: Peter Eriksson
1. Mi Amor
2. Breaking Up Is Easy (Invisible Twin remix)
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