Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Dead Oceans = Awesome

It's been kind of a slow week, so I figured I'd write up a little mini profile on Dead Oceans, the recently launched sub-label of indie juggernauts Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar. In only a few short months at the tail-end of last year, the label signed and released fantastic albums by Bishop Allen, Citay, Dirty Projectors and Phosphorescent. In fact, the latter 3 of those records each made waves on Stereo Sanctity's Top 100 Albums of 2007 list.

They don't seem to be slowing down anytime soon either, having already released probably my favorite record of this young year so far, Evangelicals' The Evening Descends, as well as the forthcoming White Hinterland record and a wide re-release of Bowerbird's magnificent Hymns for a Dark Horse, which was originally released in hand numbered copies of 1600 on the Burlytime label - it also happened to sneak onto the top 50 of the aforementioned Best of '07 list. Even early on, Dead Oceans has already established itself in my view as the best off-shoot label since the sadly defunct 5RC. Keep an eye out for these guys.

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