Slowdive Announce First New Album in 22 Years, Share New Song/Video

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Slowdive Announce First New Album in 22 Years, Share New Song/Video

Reunited British shoegaze group Slowdive has announced their first new album in 22 years. The long-awaited self-titled LP will drop on May 5 via Dead Oceans, and is currently available for preorder.

Along with the LP news, Slowdive have also shared a music video for their newly released song “Sugar for the Pill,” which is one of three songs the group debuted last night in Glasgow. If Slowdive fans missed the Glasgow performance, they will be happy to know that a live stream of a surprise show will be available tomorrow, March 29, at 4:10 p.m. EST right here. The show will take place at London’s The Garage, the venue where the band played their first show 20+ years ago in 1993.

Judging from “Sugar for the Pill,” Slowdive fans can expect that familiar swirling, hypnotic shoegaze sound. However, in a press release, the band makes it clear that the album will not be just a “trip down memory lane.” For songwriter Neil Halstead, the new music was reformed when the group first started playing together again: “When you’re in a band and you do three records, there’s a continuous flow and a development,” said Halstead. “For us, that flow re-started with us playing live again and that has continued into the record.”

The video for “Sugar for the Pill” is pretty minimal, and mainly sticks with blue and red images of various fibonacci sequences, along with the occasional close-up of a bandmate singing. All in all, it’s pretty dreamy in a calming way. You can find the video below, along with the complete Slowdive tracklist and their forthcoming tour dates, and listen to lead single “Star Roving” here. Also, check out Paste’s “10 Shoegaze Albums for People Who Don’t Like Shoegaze”—Slowdive’s Souvlaki is number three.

Slowdive Tracklist:
01. Slomo
02. Star Roving
03. Don’t Know Why
04. Sugar For The Pill
05. Everyone Knows
06. No Longer Making Time
07. Go Get It
08. Falling Ashes

Slowdive Tour Dates:

27 – Glasgow, U.K. @ Art School – SOLD OUT
28 – Liverpool, U.K. @ Liverpool Arts Club – SOLD OUT
29 – London, U.K. @ The Garage
30 – Bristol, U.K. @ The Fleece – SOLD OUT
31 – The Hague, Netherlands @ Rewire Festival

02 – Paris, France @ Trabendo – SOLD OUT
03 – Berlin, Germany @ Festsaal — SOLD OUT
30 – Fort Worth, Texas @ Fortress Festival

02 – St. Paul, Minn. @ Palace Theatre
03 – Chicago, Ill. @ Vic Theater # — SOLD OUT
05 – Toronto, Ontario @ Danforth Music Hall # — SOLD OUT
06 – Montreal, Quebec @ L’Olympia
07 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club # — SOLD OUT
08 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Brooklyn Steel # — SOLD OUT
09 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Brooklyn Steel
10 – Carrboro, N.C. @ Cat’s Cradle
11 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Variety Playhouse
13 – Santiago, Chile @ Fauna Otono
14 – São Paulo, Brazil @ Balaclava Fest

02 – Oxford, U.K. @ O2 Academy
03 – London, U.K. @ Field Day
16-18 – Mannheim, Germany @ Maifeld Derby

07 – Madrid, Spain @ Mad Cool Festival
21-23 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ FYF Fest

31 – Salisbury, U.K. @ End of the Road Festival