Welcome to American Dreams Records. We’re an experimental record label dedicated to showcasing art inspired by patience, intention, and hope. Our ethos is rooted in storytelling, inclusivity, community, and cohabitation with the natural world. What began as a distro in the experimental realm graduated into a full label with a heavy music imprint: American Decline Records.
We just announced the debut LP from RES, Strife of Permanence, out May 21. The project of artist and composer Robert Stokowy, RES connects sound art with rough musical textures in the doom metal vein, drawing from crust punk, Kollwitz, Caravaggio, Carson McCullers, and more. If you like Darkthrone, Mantar or Alvin Lucier, we think you’ll like this.
We’re over the moon to share the new album from claire rousay, a softer focus — a collaboration with visual artist Dani Toral — on April 9. rousay created the music, largely melodic, pop-ish, hypnagogic, and Toral created the album’s language and visual landscape. It’s a testament to rousay and Toral’s trust, playfulness, and candor that we’re allowed to come along for the ride. Check out their video for “peak chroma” below.
We just released the new LP Anticipation by precocious guitarists Cameron Knowler & Eli Winter! These two crafted their debut duo LP while touring through Texas, though their friendship goes back longer. Balancing old-time music traditions with modern experimental guitar sensibilities, Anticipation will have your mouth watering if you’re fans of cats like Michael Chapman, Sarah Louise, Bert Jansch, or Jack Rose.
Surprise! We released Havadine Stone’s Hyena on March 19. This album is all about mimesis, creating a space, and what it means to scrape the bottom of the barrel. Havadine is a genius, and one of Chicago’s best secrets. Buy now or look like a goof later.
We recently reissued the first two albums from Pale Spring, CYGNUS and DUSK, on LP. We loved these records when they first came out in 2019 and ’20 — notice a charming, in-depth interview with Pale Spring purveyors Emily Harper Scott and Drew Scott on our website — and have been itching to bring them a wide release. Grab one or a bundle of both.