A new documentary flick promises to be recommended viewing for fans of textured dream-pop and sculpted feedback.
Beautiful Noise will document the development of the shoegaze scene through the 1980s and early 1990s. As Exclaim report, the film will focus on a triumvirate of major acts – namely My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Cocteau Twins. Other bands covered include Ride, Curve, Slowdive, Swervedriver, Chapterhouse, Pale Saints, Lush and recent FACT interviewees A.R. Kane.
The team behind the film have evidently done some heavy lifting, managing to secure appearances from a host of significant players in the scene. The big coup is an on-camera interview with members of the ever-elusive My Bloody Valentine, including figurehead Kevin Shields. Cocteau Twins’ Robin Guthrie and Simon Raymonde both feature, as do The Jesus And Mary Chain’s Jim Reid and Douglas Hart. Other contributors include Wayne Coyne, Robert Smith, Trent Reznor and Billy Corgan. That’s not all: the film also features live performances from a host of shoegaze-indebted acts, including Grouper, Tim Hecker, M83 and Sigur Ros.
As seems to be de rigueur these days, director Eric Green has taken to Kickstarter to raise funds to take the film to festivals. If you’d like to help him reach his target – $75,000 by December 15 – you can donate money here. A trailer is available below. Note: My Bloody Valentine are promising to finally release new material before the end of the year.