Seminal shoegazers Slowdive are back with "Star Roving", their first single in 22 years.
Slowdive were long split before reforming in 2014 for live shows, promising new music in due course. Now that day has finally come.
The track is the band's first new material since 1995 LP Pygmalion - it comes after a period of prolonged teasing, including yesterday's mysterious video clip.
Slowdive's Neil Halstead says of the track: “When the band decided to get back together in 2014 we really wanted to make new music. 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”.
"Star Roving" is released via new home Dead Oceans (Mitski, Destroyer, Julianna Barwick).
The label's Phil Waldorf says: "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. It was one of those gigs that was a gateway drug of sorts - not only was it amazing to see Slowdive, but it was the first taste of a whole sound that made me go exploring into all kinds of music. 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."