Slowdive is back 22 years later, greeting us with a refreshing revival of nineties celestial shoegaze in their latest self-titled LP: a vision of the past that morphed into the present with airy, soft, delicate chords that sing something of a dreamscape.
An era that was once driven by them and others like MBV, the band now presents a newfound vision of shoegaze and its current wave. The genre needed to take time and breathe, demanding introspection, calling on loud moments behind a warping backdrop of quiet harmonies and riffs that transcend an air of intricacy. Though Slowdive is particularly well known for fuzzy harmonies throughout their earlier albums, their latest release conjures a mirage of twilight that was never really achieved in their early work. Just For A Day showcases the band’s capability of classic shoegaze and fragmented distortion while they progress into a project of dream pop throughout Slowdive. Their songs now feel almost weightless, chords are like raindrops and vocals loop endlessly that are sweet and cold like dew. As crisp as the November air that is taking us over, Slowdive reminds us of the striking glory nature sings.
They are stopping by Paradise Rock Club this Tuesday, Nov.14. Cherry Glazerr is opening, adding even more of the starry alchemies and gliding guitar riffs shoegaze brings forth. Until then, listen and follow the whirlwind of aerial songcraft Slowdive is known for.
Tuesday, November 14
Paradise Rock Club
967 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215