Slowdive

"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...

Slowdive Share “Sugar For The Pill (Avalon Emerson’s Gilded Escalation)” Announce Release Day Listening Parties

Have you seen peppermint being made before? The hot, elastic sugary material is stretched out further than you’d think possible then folded back in on itself repeatedly. That’s how they get the swirl. Today Slowdive have shared “Sugar For The Pill (Avalon Emerson’s Gilded Escalation)” – a remix that embodies this process quite nicely. Warm and familiar, the quickly beloved track takes on a new shape at the deft hands of Avalon Emerson. With a runtime of almost 10 minutes, it’s quite the form of escapism.

Listen to “Sugar For The Pill (Avalon Emerson’s Gilded Escalation)”

We’re only a few days away from the release of Slowdive’s first record in 22 years. (We keep saying it because we can hardly believe it ourselves). That’s right, this Friday, May 5th Slowdive will be out in the world and at your fingertips. In celebration of this momentous occasion, approximately 50 stores across North America are hosting listening parties. They’ll have buttons, stickers, slipmats & more exclusives. Interested? Check out the map below to find one near you.

If you’re out at these events or simply picking up a copy from your local record shop, we’d love to see your photos! Use #Slowdive or tag us @deadoceans on Instagram.

(If you haven’t already)
Pre-order Slowdive:
slowdive.lnk.to/slowdive

Find a listening party near you!

Full list of participating stores:

1-2-3-4 Go! Records – San Francisco
1-2-3-4 Go! Records – Oakland
Bull City Records
Cactus Music
Criminal Records
Culture Clash Records
Down In The Valley
Easy Street Records
End of An Ear
Everyday Music
Fingerprints
Good Records
Grimey’s
Guestroom Records – Louisville
Guestroom Records – Norman
Guestroom Records – OKC
Harvest Records
Hear Again Records
Indy CD & Vinyl
KA-CHUNK!! Records
Landlocked Music
Lou’s Records
Luna Music
Lunchbox Records
Mills Record Company
M-Theory Music
Music Millennium
Music Saves
Omega Music
Park Ave CDs
Port of Sound
Radio-Active Records
Record Archive
The Record Exchange
Redscroll Records
Repo Records
Seasick Records
Shuga Records
Sonic Boom Records
The Sound Garden
Stinkweeds
Sweat Records
ToneVendor
Waiting Room Records
Waterloo Records
Zia Record Exchange

Slowdive Announce ‘Slowdive,’ First New Album In 22 Years, Out May 5th

Pre-order Slowdive
slowdive.lnk.to/slowdive

UK shoegaze pioneers Slowdive are pleased to announce their self-titled fourth album, out May 5th via Dead Oceans, and the beautifully understated new single, “Sugar For The Pill,” which follows the release of “Star Roving.” Additionally, Slowdive announced a live stream of a surprise show tomorrow, March 29th at London’s The Garage, the venue in which the band played their final London show in their original incarnation in December 1993. The stream will go live at 4:10 pm Eastern here: facebook.com/slowdive.

Slowdive’s stargazing alchemy is set to further entrance the faithful while beguiling a legion of fresh ears. These eight new tracks, simultaneously expansive and the band’s most direct material to date, deftly swerve away from any “trip down memory lane.” They were birthed at the band’s talismanic Oxfordshire haunt, The Courtyard, and mixed at Los Angeles’ famed Sunset Sound by Chris Coady (Beach House). Throughout, 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,” notes principle songwriter Neil Halstead.

The video for “Sugar For The Pill,” product by in/out, takes its inspiration from the Slowdive album artwork, which is itself a still from Harry Smith’s cult classic animation Heaven and Earth Magic – the vast spiritual narrative that has influenced so many artists since it was originally released back in 1957.

Slowdive is Neil Halstead (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Christian Savill (guitar), Nick Chaplin (bass), Rachel Goswell (vocals) and Simon Scott (drums, electronics). Their debut album, Just For A Day, was released in 1991 by Creation Records, and was followed by the band’s now revered 1993 album Souvlaki and 1995’s Pygmalion before they disbanded. In the 22 years of their virtual disappearance, compilation albums have been released and the core members of the group have gone on to join other musical endeavors. In 2014, the band announced that they’d reunited and more new music would follow.

Watch Slowdive’s “Sugar For The Pill” video –

Listen to Slowdive’s “Star Roving” –
https://youtu.be/ogCih4OavoY

Slowdive Tour Dates:
Mon. March 27 – Glasgow, UK @ Art School — SOLD OUT
Tue. March 28 – Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Arts Club — SOLD OUT
Wed. March 29 – London, UK @ The Garage
Thu. March 30 – Bristol, UK @ The Fleece — SOLD OUT
Fri. March 31 – The Hague, NL @ Rewire Festival
Sun. April 2 – Paris, FR @ Trabendo — SOLD OUT
Mon. April 3 – Berlin, DE @ Festsaal — SOLD OUT
Sun. April 30 – Fort Worth, TX @ Fortress Festival
Tue. May 2 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
Wed. May 3 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theater # — SOLD OUT
Fri. May 5 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall # — SOLD OUT
Sat. May 6 – Montreal, QC @ L’Olympia
Sun. May 7 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club # — SOLD OUT
Mon. May 8 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel # — SOLD OUT
Tue. May 9 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Wed. May 10 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Thu. May 11 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Sat. May 13 – Santiago, CL @ Fauna Otono
Sun. May 14 – São Paulo, BR @ Balaclava Fest
Fri. June 2 – Oxford, UK @ O2 Academy
Sat. June 3 – London, UK @ Field Day
Fri. June 16 – Sun. June 18 – Mannheim, DE @ Maifeld Derby
Fri. July 7 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival
Fri. July 21 – Sun. July 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
Thu. Aug. 31 – Salisbury, UK @ End of the Road Festival

tour dates

06/02/17

Oxford, UK - 02 Academy Oxford

06/03/17

London, UK - Field Day

06/10/17

Skopje, MK - Zdravo Mladi Festival

06/16/17

Mannheim, DE - Maifeld Derby

07/01/17

Roskilde, DR - Roskilde Festival

07/06/17

Madrid, ES - Mad Cool Festival

07/06/17

Trencin, DR - Pohoda Festival
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video

Sugar For The Pill
by Slowdive
Star Roving
by Slowdive