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When Slowdive reunited in 2014 for a round of well-received shows, it wasn’t clear if they would release any new music. Sure enough, just like their shoegaze and dream-pop peers Lush (who released the Blind Spot EP last year and have since broken up again), Swervedriver (who released I Wasn’t Born to Lose You in 2015) and Ride (who are releasing Weather Diaries later this year), Slowdive have regaled us with their first new album since 1995’s Pygmalion. To reiterate how long ago that was, Bill Clinton was the U.S. President and the big news was the O.J. Simpson trial. Perhaps it’s that 22 year distance that has confounded Rachel Goswell, who ranted on Twitter about the album’s (let’s face it) inevitable pre-release leak a few weeks ago, though it should be noted that she’s made a lot of music since then both with Neil Halstead in Mojave 3 and on her own as well. Nevertheless, regale is indeed accurate here as it is an absolute treat to hear them in such great form, almost as if they had released this in 1994 sandwiched between the dream-pop majesty of Souvlaki and Pygmalion (really a Neil Halstead solo album under the Slowdive name). “Sugar for the Pill,” the most recent song to be released to the public before the album’s release date, swirls, cascades, and hits just like something on Souvlaki, while the meditative, repetitive lull of the closing “Falling Ashes” sounds like where Pygmalion left off. With an album this strong, we can only hope that they continue on and keep making more music.

Read our review of Slowdive.

Read our interview with Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell about the making of the album.

If you’re an Under the Radar Patreon supporter then revisit our 2003 interview with Slowdive.

Slowdive Tour Dates:

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, Chile @ Fauna Otono
Sun. May 14 - São Paulo, Brazil @ Balaclava Fest
Tues. May 16 - Buenos Aries, Argentina @ Niceto Club
Thurs. May 18 - Lima, Peru @ CC Baranco
Fri. June 2 - Oxford, UK @ O2 Academy
Sat. June 3 - London, UK @ Field Day
Sat. June 10 - Skopje, Macedonia @ Zdravo Mladi Festival
Fri. June 16 - Sun. June 18 - Mannheim, DE @ Maifeld Derby
Sat. July 1 - Roskilde, Denmark @ Roskilde Festival
Thurs. July 6 - Trencin, Slovakia @ Pohoda Festival
Fri. July 7 - Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival
Sun. July 9 - Six Four Les Plages, France@ Pointu Festival
Fri. July 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
Sun. July 30 - Tahar Shi, Japan @ Fuji Rock Festival
Sat. Aug 19 - Trondheim, Norway - Pstereo Festival
Sat. Aug 27 - Paris, France @ Rock En Seine Festival
Thu. Aug. 31 - Salisbury, UK @ End of the Road Festival
Thu. Sept 7 - Tel Aviv, Israel @ Barby Club
Fri. Sep. 15 - Sat. 16 Sept - Angers, France @ Levitation Fest
Sun. Sep. 17 - Birmingham, UK @ Beyond the Tracks Festival

We interviewed Slowdive’s Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell in 2014 about the reunion and posted various articles on the band. Read our 2014 print magazine article on Slowdive’s reunion. Read our separate 2014 interviews with Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell about the reunion. Finally read our 2014 interview with Halstead and Goswell about the bands that inspired Slowdive.

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