Slowdive - Slowdive (1LP Limited Colored Edition)

Country: E.U.
Label: Dead Oceans
Released: 5 May 2017
Genre: Rock / Shoegaze

Out of Stock - Please send us an email if you want to re-order

Details:

* 1LP Limited Colored Edition

Description (English):
“It felt like we were in a movie that had a totally implausible ending…”

Slowdive’s second act as a live blockbuster has already been rapturously received around the world. Highlights thus far include a festival-conquering, sea-of-devotees Primavera Sound performance, of which Pitchfork noted: “The beauty of their crystalline sound is almost hard to believe, every note in its perfect place.”

“It was just nice to realise that there was a decent amount of interest in it,” says principal songwriter Neil Halstead. The UK shoegaze pioneers have now channelled such seemingly impossible belief into a fourth studio opus which belies his characteristic modesty. Self-titled with quiet confidence, Slowdive’s stargazing alchemy is set to further entrance the faithful while beguiling a legion of fresh ears.

Deftly swerving what co-vocalist/guitarist Rachel Goswell terms “a trip down memory lane”, these eight new tracks are simultaneously expansive and the sonic pathfinders’ most direct material to date. Birthed at the band’s talismanic Oxfordshire haunt The Courtyard – “It felt like home,” enthuses guitarist Christian Savill – their diamantine melodies were mixed to a suitably hypnotic sheen at Los Angeles’ famed Sunset Sound facility by Chris Coady (perhaps best known for his work with Beach House, one of countless contemporary acts to have followed in Slowdive’s wake).

“It’s poppier than I thought it was going to be,” notes Halstead, who was the primary architect of 1995‘s previous full-length transmission Pygmalion. This time out the group dynamic was all-important. “When you’re in a band and you do three records, there’s a continuous flow and a development. For us, that flow re-started with us playing live again and that has continued into the record.”

Drummer and loop conductor Simon Scott enhanced the likes of ‘Slomo’ and ‘Falling Ashes’ with abstract textures conjured via his laptop’s signal processing software. A fecund period of experimentation with “40-minute iPhone jams” allowed the unit to then amplify the core of their chemistry. “Neil is such a gifted songwriter, so the songs won. He has these sparks of melodies, like ‘Sugar For The Pill’ and ‘Star Roving’, which are really special. But the new record still has a toe in that Pygmalion sound. In the future, things could get very interesting indeed.”

This open-channel approach to creativity is reflected by Slowdive’s impressively wide field of influence, from indie-rock avatars to ambient voyagers – see the tribute album of cover versions released by Berlin electronic label Morr Music. As befits such evocative visionaries, you can also hear Slowdive through the silver screen: New Queer Cinema trailblazer Gregg Araki has featured them on the soundtracks to no less than four of his films.

“When I moved to America in 2008 I was working in an organic grocery store,” recalls Christian. “Kids started coming in and asking if it was true I had played in Slowdive. That’s when I started thinking, ‘OK, this is weird!’”

Neil Halstead: “We were always ambitious. Not in terms of trying to sell records, but in terms of making interesting records. Maybe, if you try and make interesting records, they’re still interesting in a few years time. I don’t know where we’d have gone if we had carried straight on. Now we’ve picked up a different momentum. It’s intriguing to see where it goes next.”

The world has finally caught up with Slowdive. This movie could run and run…

Tracklisting:
1. Slomo
2. Star Roving
3. Don’t Know Why
4. Sugar For The Pill
5. Everyone Knows
6. No Longer Making Time
7. Go Get It
8. Falling Ashes



Also by Slowdive

See also...


The Radio Dept. - Lesser Matters (180g 1LP Edition, Reissue)

* 180g 1LP Edition, Reissue
* A vinyl reissue of the 2003 album debut, ‘Lesser Matters.’, Includes a one-page inlay containing lyrics and song credits.
Description (English):
Debut album from Sweden’s The Radio Dept. Brilliant breathy melodies & punchy rhythms cascade over a foundation of fuzz & feedback. Their sound is refreshingly classic rooted in c86 & [...]

65daysofstatic - The Fall Of Math (180g Deluxe 1LP Edition, Reissue, plus CD)

* 180 gm black vinyl, album CD in printed card wallet and digital download coupon for ‘Hole’ EP, ‘Retreat! Retreat! B-sides and bonus tracks. Pressing of 1000 copies.
Description (English):
In the eternal darkness, we’re led by the moving sounds.
They’re expressed with more voilence, more strength and more depths.
(Vice Magazine Editor / Kazuyuki Matsushita)
Their novel sounds [...]

Various - T(H)REE : New Musical Roots From Portugal, Hong Kong and Macau

T(h)ree is a musical project that brings together, for the very first time, musicians from Portugal, Hong Kong and Macau.
For some, Project T(h)ree is a way to introduce the new modern music made in the other corner of the world. For others, it is one more step in the recognition of the musical talent of [...]

eShop Cart

0 items in cart.