Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine performing @ The Roundhouse in 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
For those of us that are huge fans of My Bloody Valentine, the teasing that new material will eventually arrive is our catnip. We know better, but the mere waft of the scent sends us into crazy, delusional fits. Our brains no better: we’ve been promised new material for 20 years. That’s why any actual release date for anything MBV is cause for celebration. Tomorrow, May 7, My Bloody Valentine’s two essential albums will be reissued with remastered editions, with a third collecting the EPs. To hear both discs of Loveless, visit here.
Better yet is the seemingly honest suggestion of the long scrapped “new” album and a new EP of fresh material. Yes, we’ve heard it before and I’m not holding my breath, but there comes a point in which the world stops believing and we’ve long past that with frontman Kevin Shields. The reunion, the reissues, I’m guessing he’s feeling a bit nostalgic. If that means a new record actually comes out, then I’ll take it any day.
Twenty years ago today, my all-time favorite album was released to the world, obliterating the sonic mold that gave birth to it. It spawned hundreds of copycats, but none that could handle the sonic onslaught, the shimmering vocals, and epic scale.
“Only Shallow” by My Bloody Valentine
Personally, I love that it feels otherworldly and incredibly personal. It transports me to my youth and young love and laying in the grass, dreaming through the clouds.
Image by John Niedermeyer via Flickr
In which I pick a song to go on a never-ending mixtape.
We know the rules for the mixtape are pretty solid. You start with the best track. Seriously rocking number. Then you dial it back for the second track, then shift hard into track number three. You really only get three tracks to hook the listener anyway. But one rarely focuses enough on the end. How this album is going to spin the listener off into the rest of her life from that moment. How do you send a person off into the ether?
This is how:
“Soon” is My Bloody Valentine‘s last track on the seminal loveless. The opener, “Only Shallow” is the quintessential bombastic opener. But “Soon” is magical. It delivers on two needs the listener has:
- a sense of closure
- a need to keep going
Mixtapes are stories about you and about life. When we get to some kind of end, we need to express finality. But we are also dying for more. “Soon” feels like an ending, like things are wrapping up here and we’ll take a break for awhile. It also says “come back and keep listening: you like it here.”
That’s a killer final track.