Slowdive has a moody atmospheric sound in this recording. There’s an uneasiness to it yet mesmeric and translating. It’s wonderfully not overstated but rings a sufficient energy to be captivated.
I enjoy what Stephen Thompson of NPR has to say …
“Before a month-and-change ago, Slowdive hadn’t released an album in 22 years. So you’d be forgiven for watching the band perform “Sugar For The Pill” and struggling to pin down what era you’re in — especially since NPR Music plopped the group in a playfully retro Brooklyn shuffleboard parlor for the occasion.
In the early ’90s, Slowdive dressed up shoegaze’s hazy drift with jolts of energy and a chiming dream-pop shimmer. The band lasted only three albums before splitting up in 1995, at which point members Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell formed the more countrified Mojave 3. Now, after reuniting in 2014, it’s back with a self-titled album that picks up where it left off — but, while it conjures many signifiers of ’90s college radio, the band’s return album freshens the project up, too, with bright, impeccable songcraft. A patient mid-tempo gem that’s as hooky as it is hypnotic, “Sugar For The Pill” is a particular highlight, so it’s a joy to watch the reconstituted band trot it out for this Field Recording, filmed at Royal Palms Shuffleboard in Brooklyn.” (See drop arrow in YouTube link below)
I love NPR Music for what they serve up on their YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/nprmusic ! It’s so easy to get lost down the rabbit hole of clicks from one sweet ear candy to the next until you find yourself a spellbinding loop of a new favorite. “Sugar for a Pill” was no different.
You can find Slowdive at https://www.facebook.com/Slowdive/
Check them out and find your new favorite
— LM Jones
Director: Mito Habe-Evans;
Editor: Nickolai Hammar;
Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin;
Videographers: Annabel Edwards, Mito Habe-Evans, Becky Lettenberger, Christopher Parks;
Series Producer: Mito Habe-Evans;
Executive Producers: Anya Grundmann, Keith Jenkins;
Special Thanks: Mark and Rachel Dibner of the Argus Fund.