Los Angeles label Almo Sounds home to rockers Garbage, world-music ensemble Ozomatli and singer/songwriter Gillian Welch is closing, sources at the label confirmed Wednesday.
"Most of the staff is gone," Eliana Giournas, the label's marketing director, said. "We've been waiting, and we kind of knew it was coming."
Details about why Almo Sounds is closing and how the move will be handled have not been announced by the label, which was formed in 1994 by trumpeter Herb Alpert and record mogul Jerry Moss.
The label's closing leaves an uncertain future for its roster, but former publicity director Robb Moore remained optimistic for the artists particularly the acclaimed Ozomatli. The group's 1998 self-titled debut has sold more than 200,000 copies and features the song "Cut Chemist Suite" (RealAudio excerpt).
"They're on the cusp of doing something big," Moore said, adding that yet-to-be released material from the Pulsars and former Nine Inch Nails member Chris Vrenna was "too good not to be picked up" by another record company.