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Slowdive deliver a sonic swoon in “kisses”, announce new album

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.

Slowdive’s new album everything is alive arrives on September 1 through Dead Oceans (pre-order/save). You can find the band on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

See Slowdive live:

June 24: Exeter, UK – Phoenix [sold out]
June 25: Glastonbury Festival, UK

July 17: Perth, Aus – Astor Theatre [sold out]
July 19: Brisbane, Aus – Princess Theatre [sold out]
July 21: Sydney, Aus – Enmore Theatre
July 22: Melbourne, Aus – Forum [sold out]
July 23 :Adelaide, Aus – Hindley St Music Hall 
July 26, Auckland, NZ – Powerstation [sold out]
July 29: Fuji Rock Festival, Japan

August 5: Off Festival, Poland
August 11: Ypsigrock Festival, Sicily
August 18: Green Man Festival, UK

September 23: Toronto, ONT – Queen Elizabeth Theatre 
September 25:  Boston, MA – Citizens House of Blues Boston
September 27:  NYC, NY – Webster Hall 
September 28: NYC, NY – Webster Hall 
September 29: Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer 
September 30: Washington, DC – 930 Club 
October 2: Cleveland, OH – The Roxy @ Mahall’s
October 3: Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
October 4: St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre
October 6: Denver, CO – Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom 
October 7: Salt Lake City, UT – The Union 
October 9: Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom 
October 10: Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo 
October 12: San Francisco, CA – The Warfield 
October 14: Los Angeles, CA – The Bellwether

Oct 30 – Glasgow, UK – QMU
Oct 31 – Manchester, UK –  Ritz
Nov 1 – Bristol, UK – SWX
Nov 3  – London, UK – Troxy
Nov 5 – Belfast, UK – Mandela Hall 
Nov 6 – Dublin, IE – National Stadium