First Lush reunited last year for what sadly proved to be an all-too-brief stint. More recently, Ride returned with new music. And now Slowdive have announced a new album, their first in 22 years. Could this be the second coming of shoegaze?
Well, perhaps. Though more importantly, the unexpected resurrection of these once-celebrated bands signifies the return of their inspired songcraft. And today, Slowdive have shared the sublime single “Sugar for the Pill” from their just-announced, self-titled fourth album, the long-delayed successor to 1995’s Pygmalion. Following “Star Roving” released back in January, the track is the second teaser from the forthcoming LP due in stores May 5th courtesy of Dead Oceans. “When you’re in a band and you do three records, there’s a continuous flow and a development,” the band’s Neil Halstead explains in an official press statement. “For us, that flow re-started with us playing live again and that has continued into the record.”
While Halstead and Rachel Goswell’s solo efforts, as well as the offshoot Mojave 3’s discography, have more than sustained our attention over the past few decades, it feels—and sounds—damn good to have Slowdive back.
Watch “Sugar for the Pill” and listen to “Star Roving” below. And if you’re lucky enough to score tickets before they sell out, be sure to see them on their current tour, including tomorrow night’s surprise show at London’s Garage (which will also be streamed live via the band’s Facebook page here).