FACT mix 430: Slowdive
The indie heroes toast their reunion with a session for FACT.
This week’s FACT mix comes from Slowdive.
The brainchild of childhood friends Rachel Goswell and Neil Halstead, Slowdive emerged as the ’80s became the ’90s, and by 1991 had been firmly lumped in with the shoegaze scene of the era – or, as it was coined in Melody Maker, “the scene that celebrates itself”. Come 1992, the shoegaze backlash was in full effect, with Manic Street Preachers’ Richey Edwards famously declaring “we will always hate Slowdive more than we hate Adolf Hitler”. In 1995, Slowdive were dropped by Creation following the release of the third album Pygmalion.
Time, however, is a hell of a healer, and the year since Slowdive’s break-up have seen them rightfully reevaluated: a shy counterpoint to My Bloody Valentine’s distorted bombast, and a treasure of early ’90s British pop. This year, the group followed many of their peers by reuniting – announcing a set of live shows, including an appearance at Barcelona festival Primavera Sound and telling FACT that ”we are all super thrilled to be back together again after 20 years and can’t wait to get started!”
Slowdive’s FACT mix, we’re told, “followed a discussion we all had at a rehearsal in February about what artists and tracks have influenced us as a band and also what tracks would sound great included in a new Slowdive mix.”
“Maybe some of the more well known choices, such as The Smiths, Sonic Youth, The Byrds and Brian Eno for example, are pretty obvious to listeners but they are also great songs by some of our favourite artists that had a profound influence on us all as aspiring musicians. We still think all these songs sound amazing and important to Slowdive as a band.”
“The Cure, Can, The Stooges, This Mortal Coil (and The Cocteau Twins) and My Bloody Valentine we all grew up respecting and still admire. It’s hard to ignore how some of these bands have helped shape our sound. Spiritualzed (and Spacemen 3), Swans, Dinosaur Jnr and Bark Pychosis we also have been fascinated with since they began sonically expanding our minds when we were still teenagers. Syd Barrett, Nick Drake and Bert Jansch, who are all sadly no longer with us, offer an acoustic tinge to the mix. The simple melodies, majestic melancholy
Download Slowdive’s session for FACT below, and read John Twells’ Beginner’s Guide to Slowdive here.
1. Sonic Youth – Silver Rocket
2. Can – Mother Sky
3. The Byrds – 8 Miles high
4. My Bloody Valentine – Clair
5. Dinosaur Jnr – Let It Ride
6. AR Kane – Haunting
7. This Mortal Coil – Song To The Siren
8. Bert Jansch – Come Sing Me a Happy Song to Prove We Can All Get Along the Lumpy Bumpy Long and Dusty Road
9. Swans – Saved
10. Brian Eno – The Big Ship
11. The Cocteau Twin – Pink Orange Red
12. Phillip Glass – Floe
13. Yo La Tengo – Sugarcube
14. Taylor Deupree – Img_0083
15. .Kitchens Of Distinction – The 3rd Time We Opened The Capsule
16. Nick Drake – Riverman
17. Bark Psychosis – Nothing Feels
18. The Smiths – How Soon Is Now
19. The Stooges – Search And Destroy
20. The Cure – Cold
21. Spiritualised – Run
22. Syd Barrett – Terrapin