Slowdive have announced their first album in six years; everything is alive will be released through Dead Oceans on September 1. The album is dedicated to vocalist and guitarist Rachel Goswell’s mother and drummer Simon Scott’s father, who both passed in 2020.
The album is foreshadowed by the release of the new song and video “kisses”.
Led by Neil Halstead’s longing, lonesome sigh, it finds the band strolling through an aerodynamic shoegaze-lite sound that brings a breeziness to his contemplations of another’s thoughts; “I know you dream of snowfields / Floating high above the trees”. In this mildly wintry and midnight-hued arena, he dreams of “kisses born desert sun”, Goswell’s voice colouring the background, drawn in by his fantasy. Slowdive’s careful playing and production keep that dream just out of arm’s length, luring us gently onwards away from inchoate pain and towards an embrace, a fresh start, a feeling of a weight lifted.
The video for “kisses” was directed by Noel Paul and follows teens in late night Napoli. Check it out below or find the song on streamers.
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