If we were to be scrounging through the piles of mass-produced, consumer-catered music, realizing the plasticity, finally succumbing to it, then listen to MBV, My Bloody Valentine's third full length album - mysteriously materializing after a decade and a half-long hiatus and 22 years since Loveless - you'll most likely have that eerie notion after awaking from a nightmare in which every attempt you make to escape is feeble and at the pinnacle of the fear itself, when it becomes so grandeur you awake and return terre a terre [down-to-earth], relieved and hopeful. The album, being released February 2nd late at night, acts as a reincarnation of Loveless; it evokes the sort of nostalgia that propels our ears in a more celestial and less chaotic state than their previous album did, having sheer euphoria as a template to their newest experiment.
It is an aggregation of all the heart-sunken glory of the last 2 decades. Comprised of emotional sounds similar to our highs and lows, relentlessly dismissing the differences of polar opposites, rather blending our peaking emotions together.
Unlike Loveless' viciously lugubrious attitude, their self-titled is rhythmically tamed and implements the spice called glee, therefore emphasizing the pop in their shoegaze with just the right amount so as not to sound too happy, but rather mischievous. The album's seventh track, "in another way," takes us on an odyssey of harmonic deliciousness with a consistently solid groove that spills onto the guitar and synth tracks like gravy. The synth itself is epic as if on a quest in the world of Zelda, whereat the guitar track blends in as a whirlwind of whimsical proportions. Vocals throughout the album are as they always have been: alluring, enlightening, and revitalizing. Listeners are sucked into every song as if becoming empathetic to sound-waves via the band's techniques of repetition; their mastery of manipulating frequencies and the production itself is a work of art. "only tomorrow" is a reminder to all of us that amidst all this mutability (these short-lived lifestyles) there is hope for a more honest, grandeur existence. The riff at the end of "only tomorrow", demonstrates definitive mass in the quality that it comes to our ears, and could easily be considered a classic and will indefinitely gain exposure.
My Bloody Valentine and their new self-titled will climb the charts this year. People will once again be bowing to Kevin Shields (hopefully forgiving their sour resentment for "procrastinating" such a long, long time), and will admire their refined sound, with respect to the increasingly melodic drums, succumbing to the surreal sounds that the dynamic quartet has distinguished for themselves. And on that note! keep gazing at your shoes My Bloody Valentine!
01 she found now
02 only tomorrow
03 who sees you
04 is this and yes
05 if i am
06 new you
07 in another way
08 nothing is
09 wonder 2
My Bloody Valentine is available now.