Kevin Shields continues to dripfeed fans with select details about the next My Bloody Valentine album.
With those fabled My Bloody Valentine releases imminent, the shoegaze svengali has been fairly vocal of late. In an interview with Mojo, Shields gave new details on MBV’s much-mythologized new record.
We already knew that the new album was originally begun in the mid 1990s, then shelved due to inter-band wrangling and label problems. Shields has now stated that the record is an “impressionistic album” assembled from discrete fragments of material. The album (currently bereft of a title) is nine tracks long, and should be out by the end of the year.
Shields revealed that the process of remastering those classic LPs led him back to the mothballed third album: “I listened to the stacks of CDs and thought, ‘Shit, this is better than the unreleased tracks on the compilation. I decided it would be insane not to finish it'”.
According to Shields, the new LP is set to be followed by an EP of brand new material, written and recorded at speed. If that seems unusually urgent for a band that last released an album in 1991, Shields is clear that he’s happy to sprint after his muse where necessary: “The myth is that I’m somebody who really overworks things but I’m not like that at all. It’s just about recording when you feel good and capturing something as quickly as possible”.
The article also reveals that Shields is set to play on the new Primal Scream album. It’s not the only spillage going on between the two bands: MBV’s Debbie Googe has just replaced Mani as Primal Scream’s bass player.