March 14, 2004
My Bloody Valentine, 'Loveless': driven to rediscover this by Shields interview on Friday, and what a rediscovery. If anything, it is more arresting, entrancing, enveloping than ever. Anti-climactic drone 'rock': each track a plateau, beyond tension-release. Honeyed wooziness. Bleary clarity. Blurred and lucid.
Fantastic Ruff Squad tape from Luka . Another series of plateaus of a wholly different kind.
Posted by mark at March 14, 2004 11:52 PM
i second that - one of the greatest and most lasting testaments to 'indie' or whatever you want to call it, this is another of those albums that creates its own genre.
I still remember the first time I heard it, and saw the video for the single, and actually felt physically sick!
Goes without saying that its influence is still huge, but sometimes artists take it too literally. For example, Joy Zipper's new LP - I overheard it in Rough Trade today - is a straight facsimile of the sound with the odd US alt-country motif chucked in.
yeah of course....well, remember Ride...hahahaha!
I think we could almost measure how good a band is by how bad their influence is; the better and more groundrbeaking the band the more slavish imitators they breed. Although as per Mark Sinker's comments (repeated here: k-punk.blogspot.com/2003_06_15_k-punk_archive.html) perhaps it's wrong to conceptualize this relationship in terms of influence at all.