Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell at the Charlotte, Leicester in 1991

One of the pleasant aspects of life is that your hopeless pessimism and suspicion can prove wrong in no time when you least expect it.

I was lucky in the years to watch most parts of my favourite bands and artists in the midst of their career, I’m not a nostalgic ‘amarcord’ kind of person, and after the big painful disappointment of The Velvet Underground‘s reunion, I prefer to treasure the nice good memories.

This morning a friend mailed me the link of the new song, I approached the listening with caution and suspicion, the day was grey and rainy but suddenly a glimpse of blue sky and sun beams started opening up over my head and a smile appeared on my face, it’s a dreamy and beautiful timeless song! As if 22 years never existed, surely the modern electronic production could have slightly dimmed the early grit, but the class and the emotions are still intact. It’s pure mind-blowing shoegaze heaven, unusually less gentle and more fast tempo, similar to the one of their early 1991 shows, still enough to make the most part of the younger bands pale in comparison.

Star Roving‘ is their first song in over two decades, since the release of their final album ‘Pygmalion‘ back in 1995, and will be released by their new label, Dead Oceans, worldwide.

Singer/guitarist Neil Halstead stated  “It’s taken us a whole load of shows and a few false starts to get to that point, but it’s with pride and a certain trepidation we unleash ‘Star Roving’. We really hope folks enjoy it, it’s part of a bunch of new tracks we’ve been working on and it feels as fun, and as relevant playing together now as it did when we first started.

Magically Slowdive’s unique talent and inspiration never gone away… the best  possible music to our ears is that more exciting goodness is still to come.

Fabrizio Lusso