Welcome to Northern Star Records

Northern Star is a record label dedicated to psychedelic, independent and underground sounds. The label launched back in March 2006 with the first volume of the now legendary Psychedelica series which featured an eclectic selection of the very best in contemporary psychedelia from across the world.

Northern Star has consistently grown over the last 10 years, a catalyst for true independence, teaming up with labels and over 200 bands from across the world, building up an evergrowing network of like minded souls. Coming from a lineage of labels such as Creation, 4AD, Rough Trade and Factory, Northern Star compilations have placed well known cult acts alongside a host of unknowns and have been a launchpad for many.

The response to Northern Star has been phenomenal - one of massive public support and great critical acclaim garnering rave reviews from across the world. Northern Star has become a truly worldwide phenomenon. Independent bands from all over the planet have united under the Northern Star umbrella. Northern Star - This is our revolution and we want you to be a part of it!

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Culkin is Jonas, Matte and Joel from around the capital of Sweden who fueled by their love of post-hardcore noise and classic pop set out to create their own brand of abrasive/delicate indie rock.They have an insanevpedigree of forgotten Swedish cult bands like Ellis the Vacuumchild, Brisco, Åbe and Mamma, Pappa, Barn. If only they tried harder, they'd probably be famous.

On their debut album, SEVERAL SUNDAYS (HAHA FONOGRAM 2012), CULKIN displayed a fine mastery of the sludgy Dino-tinged shoegaze dream-rock that they loved as teens. This record brought them to the attention of the Swedish music scene, rave reviews, some cool slots opening for the Lemonheads, a returning slot at the Northern Star Weekender, touring together with Youngteam, and gigging all over the place.

LOUDERTHANWAR - Culkin's impressive indie pop blast echoes Dinosaur Jr, Ride and Sonic Youth, but with very much its own playful and modern character.

SOUNDSXP.COM - Culkin seem hell-bent on resurrecting the roll of the six-string in the fight against the banal. [..] Their approach pays dividends, employing similar levels of distortion and virtuosity that made Sugar's 'Copper Blue' such a classic album.

Aside from their legendary Northern Star performances, The Carousels were the last band to bring out an album on Northern Star. The CD sold out and we took it to #4 in the ITunes country chart. If you like trumpets, pedal steel, 12 string guitars, harmonies and cosmic psychedelic country vibes invoking the spirit of Gene Clark, Gram Parsons and Sweethearts-era Byrds, then this is for you...

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