Reveal lead single “Cheryl, Cheryl Bye”
Taken from new album Kristina due out on 17 June via Labrador Records
Listen to “Cheryl, Cheryl Bye”
AND Listen to remix of “Cheryl, Cheryl Bye” by Invisible Twin
Red Sleeping Beauty return after nearly 20 years out of the limelight with a brand new album, Kristina (due out on Labrador on 17 June) and will be playing their first ever live show in the UK at the Indietracks Festival in Derbyshire (29-31 July).
The lead single “Cheryl, Cheryl Bye” was premiered by Under the Radar who said: “A must-listen for fans of Swedish indie pop, the song is immaculately composed yet in no way cluttered or hurried; with its gliding, effortless melodicism and enchanting (if wounded) romanticism, it’s a track worth drinking in slowly.”
There has also been a remix of “Cheryl, Cheryl Bye” by US dreampop duo Invisible Twin, who are married couple Mario and Rose Suau. The track was premiered on Swedish site Hymn, who described the track as; “romantic 4AD darkness”.
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. Contemporaries with many English counterparts on Sarah Records, 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.
Red Sleeping Beauty have always been fans of old drum machines and vintage synthesizers. On Kristina they’ve cultivated their love and set up strict rules for the recordings: only analogue synthesisers and one acoustic guitar allowed. The result is a heartfelt mix of memorable pop melodies and timeless electronica.
Although Kristina is the band’s first album for 19 years, the band members have all still been involved in making music. Niklas has released numerous albums with Acid House Kings on Labrador, whilst Mikael Matsson has released several albums with both The Charade and The Shermans on Skipping Stones Records and Shelflife.
The return is by no means a temporary one. Red Sleeping Beauty are back for good. As Niklas explains; “The writing and recording process has never been more inspiring and Kristina is about ten times better than anything we’ve done in the past. You’ve only just seen the beginning of Red Sleeping Beauty 2.0!”