Nothing really compares to the tantalizing creative and sexual tension between Rachel Goswell, Neil Halstead that drove most of Slowdive's visceral and seminal tracks. The band spearheaded the short but influential shoegaze scene, with their expansive music. After recently making their return with new single, “Star Roving,” their first new material in 22 years, Slowdive has announced their self-titled fourth album, out May 5th.
This incredible news also comes with a slot on upcoming FYF Fest's lineup, and a beautifully understated new single, “Sugar For The Pill.” The eight new tracks on the upcoming album may be the band’s most direct material to date, and deftly swerve away from any “trip down memory lane,” vibes. They were birthed at the band’s decadent Oxfordshire haunt, The Courtyard, and mixed at Los Angeles’ famed Sunset Sound by Chris Coady (Beach House). Of course throughout the process, the group dynamic was most 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 Neil Halstead.
The video for “Sugar For The Pill,” produced 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. Watch it below.
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