10 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The shoegaze genre was never particularly popular in the U.S. during its heyday in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. It had its hardcore fans, like most underground/alternative subgenres, but nothing compared to its success in the U.K. or its eventual influence on bands in the 21st century. Swervedriver were somewhat overlooked compared to their contemporaries like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, and Ride, but that oversight may now be corrected with their first album in 17 years. Here, songform takes precedence over pure sound. “Setting Sun” and “Everso” reveal strong, accessible pop hooks, while “Autodidact” and “For a Day Like Tomorrow” re-establish their mastery of layered sounds and harmonies. Welcome back!

EDITORS’ NOTES

The shoegaze genre was never particularly popular in the U.S. during its heyday in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. It had its hardcore fans, like most underground/alternative subgenres, but nothing compared to its success in the U.K. or its eventual influence on bands in the 21st century. Swervedriver were somewhat overlooked compared to their contemporaries like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, and Ride, but that oversight may now be corrected with their first album in 17 years. Here, songform takes precedence over pure sound. “Setting Sun” and “Everso” reveal strong, accessible pop hooks, while “Autodidact” and “For a Day Like Tomorrow” re-establish their mastery of layered sounds and harmonies. Welcome back!

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Debaser331 ,

Beautiful Album

I'm not very good at talking or writing about music. It's a visceral experience. But that's not going to stop me from saying that this record is awesome. I've been listening to it for about a week on NPR's stream, but the mp3s sound so much better. Can't wait to get it on vinyl.

This was my favorite band back in the day. They were a huge influence on my own music. And here it is, 2015, and they're back. Not only that, in some ways it sounds like they never went away. I wonder what would have happened if they'd never split? I don't know but I'm very happy to have them back, and it's not just nostalgia talking. These are good songs. These guys are not washed up or even close, and they're not stuck in the past.

Comparing it to their older stuff, I'd say it's a cross between Raise and 99th Dream. It somehow doesn't sound like either, but it definitely sounds like them. I don't know...like I said, I'm not good at talking about music. I can only say I'm thrilled.

Support this band. Buy the record. See their shows (they're about to start a US tour).

boomer0127 ,

So far, so amazing

This is the real deal - SWD is back and doing what they do like they never went on hiatus. So many standouts it isn’t easy to break it down. Give this two listens and you will be hooked. So well done.

Wooleybooley ,

Absolutely amazing album!

I've been a huge fan of these guys and have just about everything they've put out ... and I'm not just saying this because they've gotten back together but ... I think is their best album! Great songs. All the swirling trippy guitars you'd expect from the guys but somehow they've reigned it in just a little and let the melodies shine as well. Soooo good!

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