“Down-tempo shoegaze tranquility” – Slowdive – ‘Sugar for the Pill’ – Track of the week

‘Sugar for the Pill’ sways into the downtempo shoegaze tranquillity sound.

It’ been 22 years since their last record, Pygmalion was released, and now, the notorious 90s British shoegaze band, Slowdive are back with new music.

Using whimsical, atmospheric synth patterns, a comforting, yet sombre tone emerges, bringing to mind 1980s U2 ballads.

This track is floating in delicacy, through simple though calming guitar riffs enhanced with delay.

The lyrics reveal a sense of drifting from a loved one: “And I rolled away, said we never wanted much. Just a rollercoaster, our love has never known the way”.

With a rich reverb-like nature escalating throughout this track, peaceful melodies are involved in the outcome of a therapeutic and easy going listen.

You can pre-order Slowdive’s upcoming album here.


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