Slowdive have unveiled their first track in 22 years, in the form of the driving 'Star Roving'. Listen below.
After breaking their silence with a cryptic short teaser clip posted to their social site's last night (January 11), the shoegaze band have entered a new era, following confirmation of new material last year.
Vocalist and guitarist Neil Halstead explains it has taken "a whole load of shows and a few false starts" to reuinte properly, but promises the track is the first in a whole new crop of new material, and that the band has a new lease of life: "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."
'Star Roving' will feature on a forthcoming album released on the Dead Oceans label. Speaking of the release, the label's Phil Waldorf said he is "elated" to be working with the band and reminisces about the first time he saw them live: "I saw Slowdive for the first time, as a teenager, in 1991 at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC. I remember it being a revelation - the way the band used texture and tone was something I’d never heard before, and it stuck with me for a long time."
"More than two decades later, their music sounds just as relevant and vital, and we cannot wait for old fans and new listeners to hear the band’s new recordings."
Slowdive disbanded after 1995's Pygmalion album. Their 2014 reunion saw them perform shows in London and Primavera festival, prior to a full world tour.