Glider is an EP released in between Isn’t Anything and the favorite, Loveless. This compact disc (or back then, 12”) found the band exploring the different harmonics mixed in with their dissonant and distorted sound which would then help bring Loveless to it’s full entirety. For those who don’t know about the band, they’re extraordinary indeed, in fact, the band’s sound is very much like a painting, with swirls of lush strokes and rich textures (this description may be generic to fans of the band but it’s the description that fits them best). The EP isn’t that special but for history and rarities sake, it’s worth buying. It is also to note that this is the first time the song Soon
has popped up (which would later on become a highlight on Loveless).
Moving onto the music however, the first (and probably most recognizable) track is a nice piece of dream pop godliness. Soaked in a rich dissonant, distorted and creamy
guitar sound and a beautiful, catchy melody line based to draw you in and never let you go. It seems weird that this song is seven minutes but it goes in quite fast for me, continually looped it is, but it never gets boring. Never. Glider
is probably a kind of step down from the first track as it seems like a soundscape. A constant effected feedback noise constantly drills into your brain, no drums but damn, what a nice bass line.
The second half of this twenty minute EP is a bit more accessible. Don’t Ask Why
has a nice acoustic tone to it and again, it seems like it goes in really fast. But that’s maybe not a bad thing, as on the surface, the songs are usually repetitive instrument-wise but the band do have the ability to make something to repetitive so a joy to listen to. Probably by, layering it right and getting the right technique. The song has a nice looped acoustic bit and the only bit of percussion I could pick out was a steady tap of a tambourine. The vocals are mesmerizing
, of course, that applies to nearly every My Bloody Valentine song. The vocals are low in the mix (apparently because the vocals are supposed to be shown as an instrument). Off Your Face
is easy to listen to, a great piece of dream-like pop, the vocals are beautiful (how many times can you say that in a MBV review?)
This is a great addition to a MBV collection and maybe good for a newbie. If you find this in a store, buy it. Good luck getting this, and if you do, I take my hat off.