Slowdive
Slowdive (EP)


4.3
superb

Review

by JohnnyoftheWell STAFF
April 30th, 2021 | 61 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Here on my own

Slowdive is the first EP by the band Slowdive. Slowdive is a shoegaze band and Slowdive is a shoegaze EP. Probably the shoegaze EP; forget My Bloody Valentine ever existed and you’ll struggle to find a purer distillation of the aesthetics and pacing and near absence of dynamics and textures that make shoegaze, uh, gaze. Further down the line, Slowdive would distinguish themselves from their genre peers with their competent songwriting chops (shock horror), and seamless integration of dream pop and post-rock, but Slowdive does none of this; there are three tracks on this record, but I’d hesitate to say it contains a single ‘song’. The opener “Slowdive” almost gets there because it contains distinct sections that occur in an order you could call ‘structured’, but it’s really just a five-minute swirl around one wailing ‘riff’, spaced out with gorgeous arbitrary whateverness and accompanied by slurred lyrics that no-one will ever remember. It’s perfect. Its half-awake atmosphere is so dense that it’s impossible to tell whether it pertains to dawn or twilight; it owns those drowsy immemorable sections, it floats and blurs like a thousand unanswered questions and its warmth is the cosy disconnect of knowing that no moment of resolution could ever be as satisfying

The remaining tracks “Avalyn 1“ and ”Avalyn 2” are perhaps the all-time greatest showcase of shoegaze’s homogenous side, repetitive beyond the point where you can count their repeats and borderline immemorable in their minutiae. Their anchoring bassline, ceremonious keyboard drone and heavenly crooning are just enough to be held onto, unvarying as they are; the waves of feedback that chart their flow are too distant, too delirious to be remembered in concrete detail, yet their pulse and shimmer might as well be the only music to have existed while they’re playing. These tracks start from nowhere and go nowhere; they could last forever and not be a second too long, a songwriting logic that asks itself how long is a moment? and zanily declines to answer until it’s lasted as long as it needed to. Shoegaze was never about songwriting; why else do you think Loveless has been so universally heralded? It was never about confines; it’s about turning the discrete into the continuous and elongating any given instance of music into an ongoing, unbroken stretch of oneiric haze, extracting a real moment from the idea of a dream. Who cares how, or if, you remember things like that? Who cares how you can look back at them and define them and take pains to parse their layerings? Who cares how craftfully they’re constructed, so long as those moments hang and breathe and seep and clog the passage of time and draw you out of yourself and into an craving to be able to touch whatever beautiful, immaterial thing somehow gives this formless atmosphere such a clear centre of gravity. Slowdive is just under twenty minutes long; I honestly can’t tell you where or when its moment starts and ends, and that’s not fucking bad for a debut EP with no songs.



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JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2021


35728 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

wrote this in a moment

it is here

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parksungjoon
April 30th 2021


30896 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

bless

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parksungjoon
April 30th 2021


30896 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

slowdiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee





you caaaant touuuchh meeee noooooooooooowwwwwwwww

Sinternet
April 30th 2021


24107 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yessssss

parksungjoon
April 30th 2021


30896 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

feature it

DivergentThinking
Contributing Reviewer
April 30th 2021


9289 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh shit, nice! Sweet rev

Demon of the Fall
April 30th 2021


19247 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally, the superior t/t gets a review.

Cheers Johnny!

(I might even read it 🤔)

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JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2021


35728 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

^if i'd mustered a 3rd para on autopilot it probs would have 80% been about how far superior this is to the other t/t and how it's comfortably top 3 slowdive along with the other amazing one mmm

Sinternet
April 30th 2021


24107 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the avalyn's together are the best tracks the band has ever done along with she calls

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
April 30th 2021


7817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

this is mood over structure but it's the best mood

Trifolium
April 30th 2021


24069 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh nice!!!!!

Pheromone
Contributing Reviewer
April 30th 2021


14052 Comments


i love how many of your reviews start with some variation of X is an album by X. X is a band.

love u johnny

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JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2021


35728 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

lmao rumbled. what can I say, gotta spit some baby truths before people will swallow the big ones

theBoneyKing
April 30th 2021


20341 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album might have the perfect shoegaze sound.

Pheromone
Contributing Reviewer
April 30th 2021


14052 Comments


inspired song names on this one

theBoneyKing
April 30th 2021


20341 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love listening to the song "Slowdive" from the EP Slowdive by the band Slowdive with the lyrics "Slow dive."

parksungjoon
April 30th 2021


30896 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yes

Atari
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2021


26442 Comments


great timing. just added this to my library yesterday, haha

been loving stuff like mbv, Slowdive and Lush lately

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NorthernSkylark
April 30th 2021


11267 Comments


Ugh i need to jam this hard

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YoYoMancuso
Contributing Reviewer
April 30th 2021


13918 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice review dawg



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