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Slowdive – Everything is Alive

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By – Jason Hamric

 

Slowdive, the iconic British shoegaze pioneers that has graced our ears for over thirty years, return with “Everything is Alive,” a an amazing album that reaffirms their place in the house of dream-pop and shoegaze legends. With a history of genre-defining releases coupled with a long break that only seemed to amplify their cult status, this album is nothing short of a welcomed revelation.

Slowdive started in the early ’90s shoegaze scene, alongside bands like My Bloody Valentine and Ride. Their defining album, “Souvlaki,” released in 1993, established them as trailblazers of the genre. But, even with “Souvlaki, Slowdive disbanded in 1995 after their third album,  leaving fans anxiously wanting more.

Although not their first album back, “Everything is Alive” feels like a phoenix rising from the ashes. From the opening notes of “Reverie,” it’s evident that Slowdive has lost none of their atmospheric expertise. The album quickly smothers listeners in layers of reverb-drenched guitars and Rachel Goswell’s hauntingly beautiful vocals, while Neil Halstead’s songwriting remains introspective and deeply poetic, offering lyrical pathways to get lost in.

The album combines their signature shoegaze wall of sound with new experimental elements. Tracks like “Ephemeral” and “Luminescence” showcase their willingness to push boundaries. Here, they explore more electronic sounds and unconventional song structures, proving that their creativeness is as young and fresh as the teens that started the band years ago.  What I believe really sets this album apart is that every track seems to dive deep emotionally. The album deals with themes of introspection, longing, and the cycle of existence. It’s an  journey that draws you in with its melancholic beauty. “Fade Away” stands out as a reminder of the band’s ability to blend it’s sorrow and serenity effortlessly. “Melancholia” and “Astral Drift” epitomize this, painting dreamlike landscapes with sound. The immersive experience these tracks offer is nothing short of mesmerizing.

As the album draws to a close with the title track, “Everything is Alive,” one can’t help but wonder what’s next for Slowdive.  It feels like this record isn’t just a rehashing of it’s past success, but a testament to their artistic evolution.  In today’s musical climate that is often dominated by trends and fleeting moments, Slowdive’s return reminds us that true art is timeless. “Everything is Alive” isn’t just an album; it’s a reaffirmation of the band’s relevance and a gift to their fans.

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