My Bloody Valentine finally made good on the promise of a new album, after more than 20 years since their landmark 1991 record Loveless.
Bloody good news! I feel a childlike glee washing over me! If you do too, then go get the new record right this instant at mybloodyvalentine.org
I was initially floored and speechless about the new MBV, but now that I’m absorbing the songs I have this to say: MBV is more MBV than MBV.
First some facts: The album was released online yesterday and the rush of fans immediately broke their website. By the time they got it back up, torrents had already started sprouting. MBV leaked the album themselves on their youtube channel.
If you’re into doing the right thing, the new record is available for download via their site at up to 24bit 96k quality (the obvious choice for audiophiles who need instant gratification.) If you’re still into physical media, you could also order an actual CD or better yet a vinyl record.
“The vinyl has been recorded, mixed and mastered in analogue. It is manufactured on 180 gram vinyl and comes in a gatefold sleeve with the CD in a card wallet. The vinyl will be limited due to manufacturing restrictions.”
Anyway back to the music. It sounds lush, drums are more prominent, the mix is a bit clearer overall than their past work, and musically it goes to further experimental depths.
There’s always the fear that a band reunion might ruin their legacy. This clearly isn’t the case here. MBV has retained the classic sound they cultivated in their infancy, and given it an air of maturity that makes it even more poignant. Like a fine wine that’s grown better with age, this album really feels like a more distilled version of what came before. And most importantly, it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Stream the rest of the album at http://www.youtube.com/theofficialmbv