MY BLOODY VALENTINE
★ ★ ★ ★ ■ HOW does a band respond to decades of frothing anticipation?
For lauded British rock act My Bloody Valentine the answer seems to be: quietly wait out the storm, then suddenly release your first album in 22 years.
Self- releasing the record Radioheadstyle direct to your cult followers online is the right choice for this act. But on a Saturday at midnight? Odd. Nonetheless, the band’s website servers crashed, which only fed the chaos and mayhem.
More importantly, the music. There’s no curious sidestep into dubstep, no heavy mental musings. Twenty years have passed but this is still MBV doing MBV stuff. Nine swirling, dense songs with melodies designed to sway wonkily with a woozy effect that is unsettling and glorious.
Throughout mbv it’s common to think you know exactly what a song is doing and where its headed, until it trips you over and pushes you down some stairs. Complex songwriting and rich layering are common for this act and mbv was worth the wait.