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NEWS: Slowdive announce new album ‘everything is alive’, share evocative new single ‘kisses’ & Tour dates

Slowdive have announced details of their new album, everything is alive, out 1st September on Dead Oceans, and presented the video for the evocative and tender lead single, ‘kisses,’ and unveiled a North American, UK and Ireland tour (on sale Friday, June 23rd at 10am local time here).

Six years after the group’s return and self-titled album, everything is alive finds Slowdive—vocalists and guitarists Rachel Goswell and Neil Halstead, guitarist Christian Savill, bassist Nick Chaplin and drummer Simon Scott—locating ever more contours of its immersive, elemental sound. ‘kisses’ arrives set to Naples-by-night via its Noel Paul-directed video. Watch here.

 The announcement comes ahead of the band’s first-ever Glastonbury performance this weekend, on the Woodsies Stage on Sunday, 25th June. On the ‘kisses’ video, a dreamlike portrait of a Neapolitan teen giving rides to everyone he knows, Paul says “If this video evokes emotion, it’s largely due to our excellent cast. In particular Charlie and Claudia, two courageous and beautiful souls who threw themselves into their roles and set a tone of fearless vulnerability.”
The press release says: “The fifth album from shoegaze giants Slowdive contains the duality of a familiar internal language mixed with the exaltation of new beginnings. everything is alive is transportive, searching and aglow, the work of a classic band continuing to pitch its unmistakable voice to the future.  Owing to their deep history, there’s a palpable familial energy to Slowdive in 2023. everything is alive is dedicated to Goswell’s mother and Scott’s father, who both died in 2020.

“There were some profound shifts for some of us personally,” Goswell says. Those crossroads are reflected in the many-layered emotional tenor of Slowdive’s music; everything is alive is heavy with experience, but each note is poised, wise, and necessarily pitched to hope. Its unique alchemy subtly embodies both sadness and gratitude, groundedness and uplift. Reflecting on lead single ‘kisses,’ Halstead said, “It wouldn’t feel right to make a really dark record right now. The album is quite eclectic emotionally, but it does feel hopeful.”

The new record began with Halstead in the role of writer and producer, working on demos at home. Experimenting with modular synths, Halstead originally conceived of everything is alive as a “more minimal electronic record.”

Slowdive’s collective decision-making ultimately drew the group back towards their signature reverb-drenched guitars, but that first concept seeped into the compositions. “As a band, when we’re all happy with it, that tends to be the stronger material. We’ve always come from slightly different directions, and the best bits are where we all meet in the middle.” Halstead says. “Slowdive is very much the sum of its parts,” Goswell adds. “Something unquantifiable happens when the five of us come together in a room.” 

A multi-year recording process began in fall 2020 at Courtyard Studio, where they’ve historically recorded, and then moved to Oxfordshire and into the Wolds of Lincolnshire and back to Neil’s own Cornish studio. By early 2022, the band brought in Shawn Everett (The War On Drugs, Alvvays, SZA) to mix six of the record’s eight tracks.

It continues “everything is alive is exactly what the title suggests: an exploration into the shimmering nature of life and the universal touch points within it. Spanning psychedelic soundscapes, pulsating 80’s electronic elements and John Cale inspired journeys, the album lands immediately as something made for the future; which figures, as their fanbase has grown younger and younger as time has gone on, and their influence on forward thinking musical artists continues to prevail. For a genre that is often thought of as divisive, and often warrants introspection, here Slowdive show their craft as the masters of it by pushing it outwards, beyond the singular; the end result being a record which feels as emotional and cathartic as it is optimistic.”

 Pre-order everything is alive:https://slowdive.lnk.to/everything-is-alive
 2023 Tour Dates:

June 24: Exeter, UK – Phoenix [sold out]

June 25: Glastonbury Festival, UK

July 17: Perth, Aus – Astor Theatre [sold out]

July 19: Brisbane, Aus – Princess Theatre [sold out]

July 21: Sydney, Aus – Enmore Theatre

July 22: Melbourne, Aus – Forum [sold out]

July 23 :Adelaide, Aus – Hindley St Music Hall 

July 26, Auckland, NZ – Powerstation [sold out]

July 29: Fuji Rock Festival, Japan

August 5: Off Festival, Poland

August 11: Ypsigrock Festival, Sicily

August 18: Green Man Festival, UK

September 23: Toronto, ONT – Queen Elizabeth Theatre 

September 25:  Boston, MA – Citizens House of Blues Boston

September 27:  NYC, NY – Webster Hall 

September 28: NYC, NY – Webster Hall

 September 29: Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer 

September 30: Washington, DC – 930 Club 

October 2: Cleveland, OH – The Roxy @ Mahall’s

October 3: Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre

October 4: St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre

October 6: Denver, CO – Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom 

October 7: Salt Lake City, UT – The Union

 October 9: Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom 

October 10: Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo 

October 12: San Francisco, CA – The Warfield 

October 14: Los Angeles, CA – The Bellwether

Oct 30 – Glasgow, UK – QMUOct 31 – Manchester, UK –  Ritz

Nov 1 – Bristol, UK – SWXNov 3  – London, UK – Troxy

Nov 5 – Belfast, UK – Mandela Hall 

Nov 6 – Dublin, IE – National Stadium 

(See http://www.slowdiveofficial.com/ for more info/tickets)

Press shot: Parri Thomas.

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