• My Bloody Valentine - MBV

    Zum ersten Mal in der Geschichte von Platten vor Gericht muss ein Standgericht proklamiert werden! Damit sind wir zwar verfassungswidrig, aber nur ein Ausnahmegericht kann heute helfen, denn nach über 21 Jahren oder 7 761 Tagen oder 186 264 Stunden erschien heute Nacht still und heimlich das neue Album von My Bloody Valentine!

    Kevin Shields verkündete zwar im November 2012, dass das dritte Album seiner Band noch Ende des Jahres über die Homepage veröffentlicht werden sollte, aber daran mochte eigentlich niemand wirklich glauben. Doch am 03.02.13 um 00:00 Uhr passierte das für vollkommen unmöglich Gehaltene dennoch und ließ prompt den Server der Homepage zusammenbrechen. 
    "MBV" (oder auch "m b v") kann auch als 180g Vinyl-Version (inklusive CD und direktem Download) für 30,60 € (inklusive Versandkosten) erworben werden. Der Versand erfolgt ab dem 22. Februar. Die Homepage gibt dazu folgende Informationen:

    This vinyl album has been recorded as an analogue album. It was recorded on 2 inch 24 track analogue tape and mixed onto half inch analogue tape and mastered with no digital processing involved. 

    The vinyl is a true analogue cut, i.e. it hasn't been put through a digital process during the cutting process unlike over 90% of all vinyl available today.

    So, mein Download ist abgeschlossen, so dass ich mich nun ans Anhören von "MBV" (9 Titel, 47 Minuten) begeben kann. So klingt der Opener "She Found Now":

    Schnell noch eine erste Review:

    Slowly but surely, something about this “sudden release” business is becoming clear. It won’t be for every artist. Young bands seeking to establish themselves have little to gain from springing new works onto an unsuspecting world. Neither will it work for your journeyman rocker who puts out a similar record to the last one every two years, seemingly untroubled by its sonic proximity to the last one. For artists who have had trouble dealing with the expectations of their audience, however, this might be the best way. Screw the build-up. What is the “build-up” anyway? Isn’t that the bit between the announcement of the release date and the release itself? The bit where we all talk about how much we loved the earlier records and, by doing so, place impossibly high expectations on music we simply haven’t had a chance to get nostalgic about?

    Well, why would any artist with an intense following want to put themselves through that? I’m sure Radiohead and David Bowie are managing perfectly well without that sort of hassle. And besides, it’s not even as if it serves the best interests of fans. When Radiohead put out In Rainbows, we dropped everything and we listened in a way we sometimes forget to do. We listened like music fans did in the 1960s when, in real terms, vinyl was three times more expensive than it is now and you would most likely have to go to a friend’s house to listen to, say the latest Van Morrison or Incredible String Band. We concentrated because we knew that everyone else was concentrating. In a funny kind of way, perhaps we need to be shown who’s boss here. Here’s the record. No build-up. No press releases. Take it or leave it. It’s the difference between buying something and being sold something.

    It should come as no surprise to note that My Bloody Valentine have opted to take a similar route. Save for a few onstage intimations from Kevin Shields earlier in the week, My Bloody Valentine’s first album since 1991’s Loveless landed approximately six hours before the group’s website formally announced it – at 3am this morning to be precise. Why 22 years? Any artist trying to reconcile the infinite amount of ways an album could sound to the expectations of a waiting world is bound to go into a creative paralysis. I suspect the one thing that has freed up Kevin Shields to follow Loveless is the fact that we stopped waiting for one a long time ago. Certainly, MBV feels like a remarkably unforced affair. In a “blind” taste test, there’s no mistaking what you’re hearing. I wouldn’t have been any more disappointed with moments of pastiche than I was at equivalent moments on, say Tom Waits’ last album. But MBV frequently broaches hitherto uncharted territory. Bilinda Butcher’s diaphanous trilling on Is This And Yes, suspended just below lapping waves of blissful electronic sound feels like one such moment. So, at the very end, does Wonder 2, a wind-ravaged shell of a song sucked dry of all melody save for a high plaintive vocal from Shields.

    Elsewhere however, certain preoccupations unite MBV and its 22 year-old predecessor. For Shields’ you suspect, the real excitement happens when music is placed under such intense abuse that it starts to become noise; and conversely when you find a really cool noise and you set about teasing the dormant musical undertones within it. Lest we forget, the genesis of To Here Knows When from Loveless can be traced to a morning in which saw Shields at Old St station, mobile recording device, trying to catch a sonic “sweet spot” between the Northern Line platform and a screeching escalator.

    Similar preoccupations abound on MBV. Presumably, the title of Only Tomorrow is a reference to rhythm on which its built – a statelier version of the one that kicks off The Beatles’ Tomorrow Never Knows rhythm. Over the course of six minutes, Shields’ careworn intonations on Only Tomorrow sluggishly negotiate some surprisingly pretty terrain, but even here, the guitars – guitars that sound they’ve been fed through a digital channel at deafening volume – arrive like the cavalry at one and a half minutes. Elsewhere, Shields’ fascination for what happens when sound is corrupted by the vessel that holds it reaches a glorious apex on the psychedelic extrusions of Who Sees You. Again, it’s all about the build – over the rain-lashed clatter of Colm Ó Cíosóig’s drums, the layers of guitar noise that push you towards but never quite over the line into pure dissonance.

    Is it fair to ask how it all squares up to the peaks of Isn’t Anything and Loveless? At this stage, I don’t think we can really know. I’m not sure the bright boxy pop simplicity of New You has much to offer, but then I can also see that it’s a pretty effective palate cleanser for the ascending jackhammer funk of In Another Way. By the same token, it’s an incredible surprise to report that MBV sounds unmistakeably like a follow-up to Loveless. And given that no other group in the past 22 years has been able to come up with one of those, that alone is cause for celebration.
    (Hidden Tracks)

    Der NME hat mittlerweile eine Track-By-Track Review und über den YouTube Kanal von My Bloody Valentine kann man das komplette Album anhören. Hier exemplarisch noch "In Another Way" und "Only Tomorrow":

  • 9 Kommentare:

    Jörg hat gesagt…

    Say Hello to the 90ies! mbv macht da weiter wo Loveless aufhörte: Verträumte, sphärische Gitarren schaffen ein eigenes Universum. Anspieltip und Höhepunkt ist "In another way". Willkommen zurück, Kevin ! 7,5 Punkte !

    Olly Golightly hat gesagt…

    9 Punkte

    Ingo hat gesagt…

    7 Punkte

    Olly Golightly hat gesagt…

    Uncut - Top 20 des Jahres

    01 My Bloody Valentine – m b v
    02 David Bowie – The Next Day
    03 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away
    04 John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts
    05 Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle
    06 Roy Harper – Man and Myth
    07 Bill Callahan – Dream River
    08 Kurt Vile – Wakin On a Pretty Daze
    09 Artic Monkeys – AM
    10 Boards Of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest 11 Matthew E. White – Big Inner
    12 Prefab Sprout – Crimson/Red
    13 Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
    14 The National – Trouble Will Find Me
    15 Julie Holter – Loud City Song
    16 Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin
    17 Kanye West – Yeezus
    18 Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold
    19 Endless Boogie – Long Island
    20 Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City

    aXel hat gesagt…


    Miss Shapes hat gesagt…

    kurzer prozess: 10 punkte! absolutes lieblingsalbum des jahres.

    Christoph hat gesagt…


    Volker hat gesagt…


    Dirk hat gesagt…

    Ich bin mit 8,5 Punkten dabei.

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