Saul Galpern, who founded the defunct British label Nude Records, has launched a new U.K. label, Altered States. The label will be distributed by Pinnacle, but Sony has an option to pick up releases f

Saul Galpern, who founded the defunct British label Nude Records, has launched a new U.K. label, Altered States. The label will be distributed by Pinnacle, but Sony has an option to pick up releases for major distribution. Altered States does not yet have any artists.

"We're looking to sign acts with vision capable of making classic-sounding records," says Galpern. "Altered States will have a broader scope than Nude, which was more 'indie,' but I still want it to be looked upon as a quality brand."

Galpern -- who also manages Suede front man Brett Anderson -- is joined by two other staffers at his new north London office.

Nude launched the careers of Suede, Geneva, Ultrasound and Lowgold. The label closed in 2002 after selling more than 5 million records, according to Galpern.