If You know me a little, You know how much I love My Bloody Valentine. This review should just say I bought my ticket for one of their gigs in London next March, that I bought the LP (which I am patiently waiting to be shipped in late Feb) yet before listening to the record, such I love them, and.. just what is written on the artwork cover: Nothing is this, and yes I really love you.
Two: LP includes a CD and the purchase includes Digital Download: You see? Like their sound, that's multilayered business!
Then, after three days of heavy listening, I'll tell you that the first three tracks are like a connection with Loveless: that means, I fucking love them. Bitter and melancholic. She found now sounds like Sometimes mixed with Moon Song. Only Tomorrow - here She comes, folks - is bloody fuzzy. Who sees you is slowly, utterly filled with love, sick whirling guitar solo, boy/girl (man/woman.. tempus fugit, people) vocals fused as My Bloody Valentine know how to. Then is this and yes sounds like the reason why some people tag Stereolabshoegaze; not my favorite track, so far, it sounds to me pretty uncomplete, like something still missing (especially if you release a new record after over 20 years).. forgive me that.
Later, If I am melancholically wah-wah powered, the bass line is nearly absent to my old ears. New you makes you fall in love again with Belinda, - if You ever stopped - such it's fragile and sensual, and so her singing goes along with it. But, over 4 minutes of the same drum loop.. hmmm.. In another way leaves me pretty with mixed feelings. There's not a proper lead backbone, especially when it gets to 1'31'', just drums loop, keys and guitar solo l/r panned.. too thin for me.. And, can I say that I skip Nothing Is? They could call it "Skip this". It's not sick as Glider - which You can listen in loop for an hour and drive safely home.
Last but not least it comes Wonder 2.. it's pure cut&paste, in a way too busy, it reminds me something another Band influenced by same MBV was trying to do some years ago, IfWhen: while I really love the vocals, the rest is pretty confused and jungle-drumming chaotic. Kind of too stressful to me. I need my dose of bliss-sound, so I come back to the first three tracks, and it's Love(less) again.
So. After 22 years waiting (actually, I never believed a new record could actually be really released), I hoped that I could find along the tracklist also a song featuring some of that majestic drum-rolling à la Colm O'ciosoig that I so much love.. it didn't happen. But, thank You for this new record, pals. So, can I say if I am totally satisfied with this record? If I am still asking this, the answer is clear.
So, if You're new to the world and You're asking me if this is the right record to start loving My Bloody Valentine, my answer is No, it is not. Start from Isn't anything. This record is for those who were waiting.
Now, go and buy your dose.
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Previously, on komakino fanzine, about 'My Bloody Valentine':
20/10 torino @ overlook #3, cinema classico, ingresso 15 euro 21/10 livorno @ ex nuovo Aurora, ingresso 10 euro 22/10 salerno @ modo jazz club, ingresso 10 euro 23/10 ferrara @ sala estense, ingresso 15 euro
MIKE WATT (Minutemen/Iggy & The Stooges) PAOLO MONGARDI (Zeus!/Fuzz Orchestra) e STEFANO PILIA (In Zaire/Massimo Volume/) 04/10 Genova @ Teatro Bloser 05/10 Milano @ BIKO 06/10 Pisa @ Deposito Pontecorvo 07/10 Roma @ CSOA Forte Prenestino 08/10 Bologna @ Krakatoa Festival - Tpo 09/10 Perugia @ Auditorium Santa Cecilia 10/10 Cagliari @ FABRIK 11/10 Palermo @ Bolazzi 12/10 Catania @ Teatro Coppola 13/10 Fontanafredda (PN) @ Astro Club 14/10 Venezia @ Ai biliardi
29/11 torino 30/11 torino 01/12 torino 02/12 torino 03/12 torino
THUNDERCAT * / MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE / RONI SIZE ‘LIVE’: 20 YEARS OF NEW FORMS / CORY HENRY & THE FUNK APOSTLES / JAMES SENESE NAPOLI CENTRALE / NICKY SIANO / PEGGY GOU / AZYMUTH * / CHASSOL / JAMESZOO / LEFTO / BRADLEY ZERO / INDIAN WELLS / TECHNOIR / CAPOFORTUNA / e molti altri
Super Early Bird "Advance Ticket" // Festival + Previews // 45euro (Disponibilità limitata) Early Bird // Jazz:re:found Festival // 55 euro
17/11 Bologna @ Covo Club, live: 22,00
Ingresso: 15 euro
18/11 Roma @ Rome Psych Fest at MONK, ore 22. Fino al 17 settembre abbonamento per i due giorni disponibile al prezzo di 25 euro. //
Dal 18 settembre abbonamento 30 euro e singolo giorno 15 euro
25/10 milano @ circolo magnolia 26/10 giavera del montello @ benicico live gigs 27/10 roma @ traffic live club 30/10 umbertide (pg) @ cinema metropolis 31/10 napoli @ scugnizzo liberato 01/11 bologna @ freakout 02/11 trieste @ tetris club
04/10 Torino @ Blah Blah w/ Dead (Australia) 05/10 Milano @ C.A. Torcheria w/ Dead (Australia) 06/10 Rome @ Bencivenga Occupato w/ Gerda, per lo split release insieme 07/10 Recanti @ Dong w/ Gerda, per lo split release insieme 08/10 Pescara @ Scumm w/ Gerda, per lo split release insieme
08/11 Roma @ black market Unplugged In Monti w/ Haley Heynderickx 11/11 Arceto @ la salumeria del rock 13/11 Cosenza @ Hub 16/11 Terni @ mishima 17/11 Torre santa susanna @ ipogeo club 18/11 ravenna @ circolo abatjour