After a 22 year hiatus from new material by Slowdive, the band has still managed to create soundscapes that succeed in being unrestricted, boundless yet refined in their lush and layered brand new track for “Star Rover”. Slowdive know exactly how to build a celestial atmosphere, an aural landscape that’s not quite of this world, but a place their listeners aspire to dream and drift off to. Nathan David Smith’s visuals for “Star Rover”‘s video paint a transcendental portrait, constantly shifting and pulsating with shapes just out of grasp, never lingering long enough to let you confine and define exactly what you’re experiencing.
The band has also announced signing to Dead Oceans label, based jointly in Bloomington, IN and Austin, TX. Founder Phil Waldorf reminisces on the first time he witnessed Slowdive live in 1991, stating, “I remember it being a revelation – the way the band used texture and tone was something I’d never heard before, and it stuck with me for a long time. It was one of those gigs that was a gateway drug of sorts — not only was it amazing to see Slowdive, but it was the first taste of a whole sound that made me go exploring into all kinds of music.” Slowdive’s “Star Rover” is a triumph in breaching new vocal and sonic territory yet still remaining relevant to their original sound, adhering to both die-hard fans and new ears alike.
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