Shoegaze is a genre that has mainly passed me by. I first discovered indie music around 1993, just as Britpop was waiting to happen and the two genres couldn’t be much more different, so shoegaze swiftly fell out of fashion. The music press was already treating it as kind of a joke, and many of the main bands had split, gone on hiatus, switched genres or simply passed their creative peak.
My Bloody Valentine were the only shoegaze band who ever made an impact on me, and even then only many years later. Then in 2016 I heard the shoegaze-influenced music of the much underrated band The Veldt, which piqued my interest in the genre, and now in 2017, one of shoegaze’s pioneering bands, Slowdive has returned.
Over the years I’ve read more praise of Slowdive than almost any other shoegaze band, but never got quite round to listening to them. Hence, their comeback single ‘Star Roving’, is the first thing I’ve knowingly heard by them. And it’s pretty, pretty good. Not exactly breaking new ground, but you’d hardly expect that from a band returning after 22 years away. Given that most bands new material after a comeback is a fraction as good as the first time round, Star Roving suggests many delights awaiting in Slowdive’s back catalogue, whilst standing up as a great track in its’ own right.
The first 483 tracks of the day can only be found on my Tumblr. Everything since can be found here. There’s also a Spotify playlist of every single track of the day (or those available on Spotify at least) below: