Slowdive

Slowdive

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Slowdive are a shoegazer band, formed in 1989, initially lasting until 1995. Reformed in 2014, in time to play Latitude festival in July. The band is Rachel Goswell (vocals/guitar), Nick Chaplin (bass), Neil Halstead (vocals/guitar), Adrian Sell (drums, 1989), Neil Carter (drums, 1989 - 1990), Simon Scott (drums 90-94 and 2014 onwards), Ian McCutcheon (drums 94-95), and Christian Savill (guitar). After debut album "Just For A Day" saw the band emerge as a leading shoegaze band the band sought to embark on a US tour during 1993, following the release of Souvlaki (which is their most popular and well-received record) and didn't receive the necessary funding from SBK, their label, for the last two weeks of the tour. Rather than shun a US tour, they chose to finance the tour out of their own pockets and managed to tour briefly during that year in the US.
In 1995, the band recorded their final record, Pygmalion. A misunderstood and widely misinterpreted "ambient" record, it took the dreamy guitar sound and warm yet solemn tone of earlier Slowdive to a newer, more minimalist extreme.
Neil Halstead continues to show off his songwriting skills in his post-breakup band, Mojave 3, while Rachel Goswell and Simon Scott record as solo artists.
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Slowdive Discography

Albums

Slowdive Just For A Day (Album, Comp) Creation Records UK 1991 Sell This Version
Slowdive Souvlaki (Album, Comp) Creation Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
Slowdive Pygmalion (Album, Comp) Creation Records, Creation Records Europe 1995 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Slowdive Slowdive (EP) Creation Records UK 1990 Sell This Version
Slowdive Holding Our Breath (EP, Single) Creation Records, Creation Records UK 1991 Sell This Version
Slowdive Morningrise (EP) Creation Records, Creation Records UK 1991 Sell This Version
PB 05468 Slowdive / Ride Slowdive / Ride - She Calls / Leave Them All Behind(7", Single, Ltd, Promo, Blu) SBK Records, Sire PB 05468 US 1992 Sell This Version
Sunday 004 Slowdive Beach Song / Take Me Down(Flexi, 7", Blu) Sunday Records Sunday 004 US 1992 Sell This Version
Slowdive Outside Your Room EP (EP) Creation Records, Creation Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
Slowdive 5 EP (In Mind Remixes) (EP) Creation Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
Slowdive 5 EP (EP) Creation Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
none Slowdive Avalyn Live 2014(File, WAV, Single, 24 ) Not On Label (Slowdive Self-released) none Europe 2015
none Slowdive Catch The Breeze Live 2014(File, WAV, Single, 24 ) Not On Label (Slowdive Self-released) none Europe 2016

Compilations

Slowdive Blue Day (Comp) Creation Records Japan 1992 Sell This Version
SMEDD124 Slowdive Catch The Breeze(2xCD, Comp, RM) Sanctuary Midline SMEDD124 UK 2004 Sell This Version
CDBRED 443 Slowdive The Shining Breeze: The Slowdive Anthology(2xCD, Comp) Cherry Red CDBRED 443 UK & Europe 2010 Sell This Version
Slowdive Original Album Classics (Album) Legacy, Creation Records Europe 2012 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

FACT 430 Slowdive FACT Mix 430(File, MP3, Mixed, 320) FACT Magazine FACT 430 UK 2014

Miscellaneous

DPRO-08729 Slowdive Alison(CD, Promo) SBK Records DPRO-08729 US 1994 Sell This Version

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HarleyMagoo

HarleyMagoo

October 20, 2013
Obvious My Bloody Valentine comparison incoming.

I don't find it unfair to compare the two. Despite being more alike in location and time rather than sound, both bands are equivalent in their greatness. However, it is unfair that My Bloody Valentine gets most the attention. Slowdive is probably the closest embodiment of the label "dream-pop" since Cocteau Twins. Souvlaki should be recognized as one of the 1990s greatest albums. Sadly, it seems not the case. Do your part and listen to this band however. Incredible sound.
LeKillier

LeKillier

July 24, 2009
An enormously overlooked band. At the time, the press seemed to conclude that My Bloody Valentine had taken the shoegazer sound as far as it could go with 'Loveless' therefore all the other bands were irrelevant. The truth is all the bands lumped together as 'shoegazer' were quite different, funny how 'shoegazer' was originally an insulting, mocking term, now it's considered a badge of quality.

Basically everything Slowdive did was genius, though Just for a Day's songwriting wasn't that mature it still has a lot of beautiful atmosphere. By Souvlaki their songwriting improved greatly. Pygmalion was much more extreme and experimental for the time, influenced by early 90's IDM sense of atmosphere, though in todays world of Radiohead and Sigor Ros it doesn't sound so alien anymore.

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