After two decades of absence, Slowdive
have reunited, and announced that they will play the Primavera
festival in Barcelona. In an interview with The Quietus
, Neil Halstead hinted that there might also be new material forthcoming.
Slowdive formed in the late 1980s in the Thames Valley music scene, playing a sort of guitar-effects-heavy aethereal music which would become known as shoegaze. Signing to Creation (also the home label of My Bloody Valentine, who returned last year), they released three albums, Just For A Day
and the somewhat sparser Pygmalion
, before disbanding after being dropped in 1995. The two vocalists, Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell, then went on to form an alt.country/folk-styled band, Mojave 3, who signed to 4AD, before separating. Since then, Halstead has pursued a career as a folky troubador; over the years, while he would play acoustic versions of Slowdive songs like Dagger
, whenever interviewers brought up the possibility of a Slowdive reunion or a return to the style he started out in, he initially rejected the idea
, though his attitude to it seemed to soften more recently
. Last year's surprise album by Black Hearted Brother
, a music project involving Halstead, his producer and former collaborator Mark Van Hoen (of Seefeel) which was very much not in a folk vein, may have been a foreshadowing of this, as was the creation of a Slowdive Twitter account
, which appeared last year though remained quiet until a few weeks ago.