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    Slowdive

    Slightly surprised there wasn't a thread for this band. Anyway, they just released their first bit of new music in twenty-two years.


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    Good song. I'm really excited for the new album. I tweeted them awhile back to ask about the live album too and was told it is coming as well.

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    All told, probably my favorite shoegaze band of all time, if I could only pick one. I refuse to listen to this until I have the full new album in my hands. I've waited 22 years since Pygmalion, so what's another year or so?

    For anyone who isn't already keen to it, there are several unreleased Slowdive compilations available (or at least were available at one time) that are essential for any fan. There's the unreleased soundtrack to the film I Am The Elephant, You Are The Mouse, an unmastered collection of b-sides, demos and alt. takes from the Souvlaki sessions, and an unmastered 1996 collection of material under the title I Saw The Sun, which contains songs every bit as good as the first three albums.

    The unmastered quality gives the songs a distant, dreamy feel that in ways adds a new dimension to the band's already-mysterious sound. Here are some choice cuts..








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    I really like their first few EP's...Alan Moulder produced them...Morning Rise is a masterpiece. Alan Moulder was like the Phil Spector of the British Shoegaze movement. Of the early 90s.

    But i didnt love the first Slowdive album..Just For A Day......it has its moments though.

    Brian Eno produced Souvlaki is one of the most tear jerking albums of all time..and just a masterpiece.

    And Pygmallion is wildly underrated. And what got me into them..

    They were one the bands of the 1990s.

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    Those 3 albums they made are just incredible as Pygmalion is one of those few records (such as the albums by This Mortal Coil, the Cure's Disintegration, R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People, and Still) are among the albums I listen to in its entirety on long rainy days. I thank Gregg Araki for introducing me to that band.

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    I strongly second the above recommendation to check out the demos / outtakes. "Joy", "Untitled #2" and "On the Horizon" are some of my absolute favourite Slowdive tracks.

    Trying to keep my expectations in check for the new album. Slowdive is my favourite band of all time and their discography is entirely flawless as far as I'm concerned. The new track sounds really promising but it seems unfair to expect another untouchable classic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thevoid99 View Post
    I thank Gregg Araki for introducing me to that band.
    The Doom Generation, I presume?

    That movie is equal parts beautiful, comical and vulgar. It should definitely be considered a part of Slowdive's legacy..

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYRexall View Post
    The Doom Generation, I presume?

    That movie is equal parts beautiful, comical and vulgar. It should definitely be considered a part of Slowdive's legacy..
    Yep. I liked that film and still do. I wish that entire Teenage Apocalypse trilogy would be part of the Criterion Collection.

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    "Blue Skied An' Clear" is also my favorite Slowdive song. That film definitely captured the essence of the times. I really do wish Araki would release not just those 3 films but also The Living End in a remastered DVD/Blu-Ray release through Criterion. He is an important filmmaker as I think he hit his peak with Mysterious Skin which surprisingly played at my nearest local art-house theater for 2 months which is kind of rare these days.

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    Shout Factory would do a great job too with the Teenage Apocalypse trilogy.

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    May 5 - Slowdive (self-titled LP)

    new song Sugar for the Pill:
    Last edited by halo eighteen; 03-28-2017 at 10:42 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by halo eighteen View Post
    May 5 - Slowdive (self-titled LP)

    new song Sugar for the Pill:
    I adore this track.

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    Really excited for this. Gave the new track a listen today.

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    sugar pill is a very good song, super impressed

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    I haven't listened to either of the new singles yet, and won't until the album is released.

    What do they sound like? Pygmalion, or what came before it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYRexall View Post
    I haven't listened to either of the new singles yet, and won't until the album is released.

    What do they sound like? Pygmalion, or what came before it?
    What came before. They're both really really good and remind me of Souvlaki but with much better production and mixing.

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    So it's less minimalism and more shoegaze? That's excellent..

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    I get to see them at the new palace theater in mnpls the week the album comes out. havent been this excited for a concert in a long while now. Itll be a great show to smoke a bowl before.

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    Sugar for the Pill is pretty dang nifty

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    THIS NEW ALBUM YO

    I'm practically in tears. SO good to finally have new music from this band..

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    WHAT THE FUCK is wrong with the "Shoe Gaze and Nu Pop" group I'm following, and the fact that they sneer at this?

    THIS IS FUCKING AMAZING

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    It's really really good. More than worthy of being in the Slowdive canon.

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    I fucking love this album. Go Get It is just fucking astoundingly great.

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    I finally listened to it and it's truly fantastic.

    This may be premature, as the first time I heard it was live this past Wednesday, but "No Longer Making Time" is the best. It fucking kills live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richardp View Post
    I fucking love this album. Go Get It is just fucking astoundingly great.
    "Slomo" and "Go Get It" have quickly become two of my all-time favourite Slowdive tracks.


    One thing I really appreciate about the album is how effortlessly cohesive it is. All the classic elements are there, but it doesn't sound like a nostalgic cash-in. You can hear how much the band has matured and each member has brought elements from their respective side-projects/solo efforts into the mix.

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    I really want lyrics.

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    Spent all weekend with this album and it's spellbinding, to say the least. Easily belongs in the same canon as their classic stuff. No Longer Making Time and Falling Ashes are just painfully beautiful to me. This is a textbook example of a reunion album done right.

    Not surprisingly, the Japanese release gets a nice fat seven-and-a-half minute bonus track (30th June), that has yet to surface online..

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    Quote Originally Posted by xmd 5a View Post
    "Slomo" and "Go Get It" have quickly become two of my all-time favourite Slowdive tracks.


    One thing I really appreciate about the album is how effortlessly cohesive it is. All the classic elements are there, but it doesn't sound like a nostalgic cash-in. You can hear how much the band has matured and each member has brought elements from their respective side-projects/solo efforts into the mix.
    Exactly. It's such a completely natural sounding continuation of their sound, compared to that shitty ass ATDI album that came out the same day.

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    Their concert was absolutely amazing last week. I left it feeling that up until that point I had not fully experienced Slowdive only listening to them on record. Not so much with the new record (astounding, completely), as those songs seemed to be represented closely to how they sound on the album. The old songs, though, came across so much more powerfully to me in a live context. And LOUD, too! I think it had a lot to do with the drums not being subdued in the mix.

    The lighting was was great also. Lots of back lighting worked really well, and the projections were trippy. I regret not bringing my pipe along, but it was a long drive and I did end up encountering law enforcement, lol.

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