Photo by Autumn Andel
New Year, New Album
Our first guest on our new podcast launching in September of this year, features the UK shoegazing band Slowdive. The band just finished recorded their first album in 20 years since Pygmalion (1995).
The return of Slowdive was one of the musical highlights of 2014. After almost two years of playing together, the band has finished a new album. Still led by Neil who is the primary songwriter, this album's music also includes new sounds. In an interview with the Danish publication Undertoner (via Reddit), drummer Simon Scott revealed, "...what has changed since the ’90s, is that he (Neil) asked me to manipulate some of the sounds we have recorded. It’s not that the album is going to sound electronically. We’ve played together for two years after the restoration, and Neil wanted to capture how well a live band, we are, in the studio. So in that way it’s a live record.”
The estimated release date is 2017. Below are some recordings from Pygmalion (1995).
Different from the two prior albums, Pygmalion incorporated a more experimental sound tilted towards ambient electronic music, with sparse, atmospheric arrangements. All compositions were by Neil Halstead.