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Slowdive
Morningrise


5.0
classic

Review

by mcboinkerton the third USER (5 Reviews)
December 30th, 2019 | 21 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist


I've always been of the persuasion that the EPs were what cemented Slowdive as the shoegaze heavyweights that they were. Not in terms of units pushed, or in calling-card shoegaze anthems(blame the masses not the songwriting),but in terms of their sound being pushed to its transcendental conclusion. There's sheer light here. Waterfalls of noise cascading down from heaven, nebulae sprawling out across the universe, a swirling coalescence of psychedelic sound and vision. Pure yearning, vast emptiness, and unadulterated human beauty here that I doubt anything could pin down like this EP did in three songs. Three songs! The brevity makes it fun to pretend it's an orchestral movement, and it works as one. The upper voices playfully retreating from and back into the immense guitar noise sounds like pure love. It feels weird to even call them "chords" as opposed to noise. There's movement, sure, but it's so jagged. It's the pieces from a stained glass window laying broken in the sun and glimmering at you knowingly. It's a warm blanket the lead guitar, bass, drums, and vocals laze about on. Which has always been the shoegaze tradition but humor me here

There's no shortage of highlights within the songs. The disengaged Halstead vocal laments the indecipherable things gazers lament about on Morningrise. The hazy guitar stumbles around, bending into and out of the right notes. Miss Goswell joins in on the chorus with her enchanting song. It's almost a human song in the straightforwardness of the melody and the chord progression, but it's too ethereal, a bit too removed from reality, a bit too having a conversation with someone while tripping. She Calls is the most dynamic, pushing and pulling against itself like the ocean. Guitar noise and simple melodic mantras give way to a single drum hit and then shoot off into the stratosphere. Each melody from the siren's mouths strives to touch God, with the guitars taken along with them for the ride. The outro with the intertwining moans of Halstead and Goswell against the driving and infinite climax will consume your soul if you let it. Losing Today offers a fitting comedown from the ecstasy, with its heartbeat pulse and contentment to drift away into space.

Take a day. Wear some nice headphones. Drugs optional but encouraged. Embrace the void.


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alienobserver
December 30th 2019


4497 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

jus droppin by

theBoneyKing
December 30th 2019


20978 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice little writeup here. This is actually my least favorite of the early Slowdive EPs but it’s still very nice.

sixdegrees
December 30th 2019


12461 Comments


t/t is huge but yeah probably

Digging: Black Malachite - Cocks in my ass (extended overture in C Minor)

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
December 30th 2019


42902 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Gonna jam this on a plane later today and if the nebulae sprawling out across the universe don't give me at least a little turbulence imma neg

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Source
December 30th 2019


19194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

black rose immortal is great

sixdegrees
December 30th 2019


12461 Comments


need to jam that one more

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
December 30th 2019


42902 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

There was no turbulence but the t/t is very pretty hm

alienobserver
December 31st 2019


4497 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lets call it even !

TheSpaceMan
January 3rd 2020


13204 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

how did this not have a review

TheSpaceMan
January 3rd 2020


13204 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

'I've always been of the persuasion that the EPs were what cemented Slowdive as the shoegaze heavyweights that they were.'



true for all 90s shoegaze bands tbh

alienobserver
January 7th 2020


4497 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lol true i hadnt thought about that. wouldve said the same thing for mbv in a heartbeat

Source
May 3rd 2020


19194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

losing today is incredible

Demon of the Fall
April 23rd 2021


21550 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Stuff called Morningrise tends to be good.

parksungjoon
April 23rd 2021


38544 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this vs opeth who win

GhandhiLion
April 23rd 2021


13986 Comments


wtf this isn't opeth

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parksungjoon
April 23rd 2021


38544 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rip in pieces alienobserver

SIMBOLIC
April 23rd 2021


5998 Comments


MAYH >

Colton
May 16th 2021


13262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The first two songs on this are like 9.5/10

Colton
July 8th 2021


13262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best Slowdive

Demon of the Fall
July 8th 2021


21550 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No but it is very good.

Genuinely thought you’d bumped Opeth then, other Morningrise is 🥇🥰



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