Slowdive – Catch The Breeze

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Speaking of haircuts let’s go back to the early nineties when I was possessed rather a fine one myself. While it may have been borne out of Madchester’s loins it wouldn’t have looked so out of place at a Slowdive gig. To this day the Reading (also home to those other shoegaze purveyors Chapterhouse) band have held a tight grasp on my affections. The first 2 LP’s and a clutch of their early EP’s defined the shoegaze sound with its wispy vocals, thunderous guitar montages and periodic descent into ambient waters. Last year I did a little piece on what became of the various Slowdive members but nothing that came afterwards can eclipse moments like ‘When The Sun Hits’, ‘Avalyn 1’, ‘Machine Gun’ and this absolute belter ‘Catch The Breeze’ from their debut ‘Just For A Day’. The highlight is undoubtedly the cascading instrumental dynamics towards the end but the meditative build up and almost lazy delivery throughout is so utterly Slowdive. It makes me well up and wish I still had a floppy fringe. KD

Slowdive – Catch The Breezei

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More Info: Official & Myspace
Buy Songs: The Crimea
Year: 1991

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  1. June 21, 2008
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    Slowdive are magnificent. This gets added to an epic ongoing project of mine, the perfect psychedelic playlist.

  2. June 21, 2008
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    Sounds like a brill playlist Darragh. Slowdive had everything really, pity their 3rd album was so lame.

  3. June 23, 2008
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    oh all the ‘gazers are coming out of the closet this week :P

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