BOYS / MAGIC POTION LIMITED EDITION SPLIT 7″
Out October 20 via PNKSLM Recordings
Punk Slime Recordings are proud to present a new double A-sided split 7″ which features the return of two of Sweden’s most exciting acts – Stockholm slacker pop project Magic Potion and Nora Karlsson‘s acclaimed lo-fi pop project Boys. The 7″ features first tastes of both bands’ upcoming records with Magic Potion contributing “Rest Yr Skull”, their first piece of new music since last year’s acclaimed debut LP Pink Gum, and Boys showcases their first ever studio recording from the long-awaited debut LP which is set to be released early next year.
The split 7″ is due on October 20, but expect to hear music sooner than that with “Rest Yr Skull” arriving in early September ahead of Magic Potion’s EU tour supporting Chastity Belt (dates here).
The Stockholm based slacker pop quartet Magic Potion first appeared in early 2015 with the self-released debut single “Deep Web”, a laid-back gem that quickly brought the band attention throughout the blogosphere. After signing with PNKSLM Recordings the band released their debut EP Melt in June the same year, which was also released on cassette by UK label Beech Coma, to praise from the likes of Noisey, DIY and GoldFlakePaint.
Originally a trio of Gustaf Montelius (guitars/vocals), Andreas Sandberg (drums) and Kristoffer Byström (bass), the band added second guitarist Johan Harrius to the line-up and spent the rest of 2015 playing live and recording what would become the debut LP Pink Gum. The band returned with the single “Milk” in March 2016, the lead single from Pink Gum which set the pace for the rest of the campaign with praised from the likes of The FADER and support from various major Spotify playlists, which helped the track storm the viral charts around the world.
The debut LP Pink Gum was released on vinyl and digital via PNKSLM Recordings and cassette via Beech Coma on May 27, 2016 to praise from international publications such as The FADER, NYLON, Bullett, DIY, The Line of Best Fit and SPIN while being hailed as one of the most exciting new acts in Scandinavia. After the LP release the band toured around Scandinavia and Europe to rave reviews, winning over new fans while racking up plays on Spotify, and both the vinyl and cassette editions of the LP selling out.
After some well-deserved rest the band set to working on the follow-up to Pink Gum in early 2017 and “Rest Yr Skull” is the first taste from those sessions, with the full-length expected to arrive in spring 2018. The release of “Rest Yr Skull” coincides with the band touring Europe alongside Chastity Belt
“a bedroom pop Velvet Underground specifically tailored to listless millennials” – Noisey
“if Real Estate lived in the cooler part of town” – Buzzfeed
“With echoes of Wild Nothing and similarly hazy purveyors of skewed, dreamy pop music, Melt still stands as one of the best debuts to wrap itself around our ears and hearts in 2015.” – GoldFlakePaint
“Euphoric almost to an extreme, the group’s characteristic sound is a flight of sun-kissed freedom, exactly when you need it most” – The Line of Best Fit
“slightly unorthodox, but sweet and simple enough to be enrapturing” – DIY
Boys is the project of Stockholm based artist Nora Karlsson, who’s also the guitarist of fellow PNKSLM act HOLY. Boys started out as a couple of demos recorded in Nora’s bedroom, which after sending to PNKSLM Recordings were released as the debut EP Kind of Hurt in the fall of 2015, while she was hailed as one of the most exciting new indie artists in Sweden.
With the follow-up Love On Tour EP Boys further refined their sound, stepping up the production side while recording in her rehearsal space and showcasing Karlsson’s talents as a songwriter, with a sound somewhere in between Sarah Records and current day US indie pop, intimate and affecting lo-fi pop.
For her eagerly anticipated debut LP Boys has been recording in a proper studio for the first time and “Rabbits” is a first taste from those sessions, and the full album is expected to arrive early next year.
“once you come across their bright, buoyant brand of pop with just the right amount of shoegaze, you won’t be disappointed” – Stereogum
“expertly balances sugar-glazed melody and lo-fi haze” – Under the Radar
“Combining lo-fi aesthetics with bounding chorus hooks” – The Line of Best Fit
“a woozy, often beautiful tale of two-halves; the track growing from the tender opening sketches in to something far more dynamic as it expands across four-minutes of somewhat scorched sentiments, Karlsson’s glorious vocal the most faithful of protagonists, swooning and sweeping its way through the entire thing” – GoldFlakePaint