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This is huge news for me, really glad their back at it. I don't even care if it ends up being MOR. I got into them quite late, just 4-5 years ago actually but they quickly became one of my favorite bands. Even flew out to LA to see them along with Slint play FYF

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Pygmalion feels so final. Hard to think how they're gonna bounce back from that. Excited to hear it.

 

Reminds me, I gotta check out that MBV comeback album, I heard a little of it and it didn't grab me, then I just kinda forgot.

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Nice kickoff for their new stuff - look forward to hearing the rest. I imagine as the first single this was purposely picked because it's pretty safe / classic sounding. It's not in some heavy distortion/reverb angsty territory nor super ambient. It's more upbeat than some of their dreamier ballads. Reminds me a bit of a recent band called the Amazing from Sweden. Shoegaze-y but pretty grounded and poppy.

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in 2018 all the electronic producers are going to start putting down their synths and picking up guitars again!

hopefully they sell em for cheap, need need synths!
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I dig the new single. this is a nice little documentary about them, I've watched it like 5 times now over the past year or so, and I'm not even a huge fan. https://www.google.com/amp/pitchfork.com/news/59940-pitchforktv-presents-pitchfork-classic-documentary-on-slowdives-souvlaki/amp/ Rachel has a nice smile.

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Anyone ever see the Pitchfork doc on Souvlaki?

 

 

 

Yeah it was good, very informative and in-depth. Went through each song's composition, their career up until then and of course the album getting slammed at the time by the major UK Music press magazines. 

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Don't know much about Slowdive, but the name has been drifting around me for years.

 

Heard the Star Roving track on bbc6 yesterday, very very good indeed  :music:

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Don't know much about Slowdive, but the name has been drifting around me for years.

 

Heard the Star Roving track on bbc6 yesterday, very very good indeed  :music:

 

Souvlaki is the best starting point imo. Just for a Day is great, some of my favorite tracks by them, but less substantial overall. Their early EPs are quite ethereal. Pygmalion is a lot more experimental and the most detached from shoegazer peers of the 90s, more akin to Seefeel or other ambient dream pop / electronic pop. I love it but it would make for a misleading intro to their work. They have a fair amount of bootleg demos to listen to as well, not to mention various side projects and subsequent bands.

 

Overall they are a lot "prettier" than other shoegaze legends but just as impressive and innovative composition / production wise as MBV, who has always overshadowed them critically.

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morningrise is their best song. then alison, then everything on pygmalion. pygmalion is basically a talk talk album. would skip just for a day, basically cocteau twins lite. souvlaki is solid, bit derivative. i like the new song.

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Last time I saw Neil Halstead was in Bristol playing with Mark Kozelek, who berated him live on stage, telling him he couldn't play - really he was playing with the audience. Crafty bugger. 

 

Just looked on wiki and there is a link to Neil's Slowdive guitar setup from 1993 here ->

 

https://www.guitar.com/rigs/neil-halstead-slowdive-1993-rig-and-gear-setup?v=fullsize

 

Noooice. 

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