My Bloody Valentine’s New Record
My Bloody Valentine released their follow-up to Loveless over the weekend. I’ve been waiting 22 years for this record and now it’s here. Yes, it’s every bit as amazing as I could have hoped it would be and I’ve been listening to it on repeat every chance I get.
The part that I’m struggling with is the part of me that wishes it never came out. I’m probably not the only 40-year-old who is deeply nostalgic about MBV, Loveless especially. It was my soundtrack for entering adulthood and somehow captured all my thoughts of the endless possibilities of the years to come. Plus, it’s the record that molded my musical taste as a musician probably more than any other record has.
I gave up on the prospect of new MBV material years ago and I became pretty comfortable with that. In fact, it was kind of perfect that way because it served as a time capsule of that era for me. Kevin Shields and Belinda Butcher could forever be those 20-something scruffy kids on that washed-out cover of Isn’t Anything. The album Loveless and the existence of MBV were a clear beginning and end to that time period.
But now they’re back and it somehow doesn’t seem right. It’s like Kevin Shields is some kind of deadbeat dad… “Where were you 20 years ago when I needed you? It’s just too late, the damage has been done…” It’s not actually anywhere near that dramatic, but this somehow fits my sentiment.
Thankfully the more I listen to the new record the more I’m able to see it as it’s own thing and judge it apart from Loveless. However I’m enjoying the new MBV with caution. We’ve been burned by Kevin Shields in the past thinking there will be more to come soon but I have the feeling it will be another couple decades.