After 22 years, shoegaze provocateurs Slowdive return with “Star Roving,” their first new song since 1995’s Pygmalion. “Star Roving” embodies the effortlessness for which Slowdive is known - as the song progresses, it expands and contracts in ways that feel infinite. Yet, it's not just revivalism of the music they've made before, but rather revisionism, drawing from each of their original run of albums to muster up something relative, but uniquely different.
Slowdive released their debut album, Just For A Day, in 1991 via Creation Records. The highly revered Souvlaki followed in 1993 and Pygmalion in 1995, and then the band 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, but nothing like the magic they made when Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell came together. Upon the recent release of new single, “Star Roving,” the band has also announced signing to Dead Oceans.
Halstead says, “When the band decided to get back together in 2014, we really wanted to make new music. It's taken us a whole load of shows and a few false starts to get to that point, but it's with pride and a certain trepidation we unleash ‘Star Roving.’ It’s part of a bunch of new tracks we've been working on and it feels as fun, and as relevant playing together now as it did when we first started. We hope folks enjoy it.”
Listen to Slowdive's "Star Roving," below.