After a twenty-two year hiatus the 90s shoegaze powerhouse, Slowdive, have finally released their long awaited single “Sugar for the Pill”. After two decades the band fully immersed themselves back into the world of playing shows in 2014. With this new single, Slowdive picks up right where they left off from their 1995 record, Pygmalion, as if no time has passed.
In early January Slowdive put out a single that harkened back to their genesis entitled “Star Rover”. With their first release since the 90s the effects-pedal-obsessed band put out “Sugar for the Pill” two months later serving as a precursor to the release of their new self-titled record in May.
“Sugar for the Pill” exhibits the same shoegaze character, yet displays a sense of control that the band couldn’t quite grasp in their heyday. Neil Halstead’s vocals enter the song with a sort of placidity that compliments the busy effects pedals in an almost transcendental manner. Rachel Goswell’s ectoplasmic vocals antithesize Halstead’s in a way that makes the song all that more hauntingly beautiful. Unlike previous records the vocals cut through demanding to be heard.
As the members have grown into adulthood so has the sound of Slowdive. No longer is the reckless abandon of layering after layering of guitars. Although this may appeal to many newer fans, the sound of “Sugar for the Pill” might seem disheartening to fans who have grown accustomed to the youthful audaciousness that once blanketed their sound in the 90s.
Shoegazers, Slowdive, create a more dignified sound with their second single in twenty-two years providing a perfect bridge between their anticipated record and Pygmalion. Slowdive’s “Sugar for the Pill” is merely a window into the sound of their new self-titled album, Slowdive that will release on May 5, 2017. Take a glimpse into the universe of “Star Rover” and “Sugar for the Pill” and get a front row seat to watch Slowdive age with grace.