Category: New Music

Underground Sound / 2.21.13

Underground Sound is a weekly series reviewing the latest releases in alternative and indie music. Every week, we will discuss some of the best new albums in college rock, indie-pop, hip-hop and everything in-between that falls outside of the mainstream music realm. Here are this week’s features:

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Underground Sound / 2.15.13

Underground Sound is a weekly series reviewing the latest releases in alternative and indie music. Every week, we will discuss some of the best new albums in college rock, indie-pop, hip-hop and everything in-between that falls outside of the mainstream music realm. Here are this week’s features:

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, "II" / 2013

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, “II” / 2013

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My Bloody Valentine releases ‘m b v’

WRITTEN BY Emily Meadows

MBV_bwSHOEGAZE FANATICS REJOICE: The two-decade anticipation is finally over. My Bloody Valentine released the long-awaited follow up to 1991’s Loveless late Saturday night, proving their melodic reverb still has a pulse.

Fans of the iconic Irish four-piece flooded the Internet after an announcement was posted to the band’s official Facebook page stating, “We are preparing to go live with the new album/website this evening. We will make an announcement as soon as its up.”

The eventual launch of the new album, m b v, crashed mybloodyvalentine.org almost immediately, leaving anxious fans battling with server errors and queued, or impossible, downloads early Sunday Morning.

Since guitarist/vocalist Kevin Shields revealed plans of a new album in a November interview with NME, the anticipation of the outfit’s first release since the 1991 critically acclaimed success had only grown.

After a near 21-year hiatus, Shields assured fans that they would not be disappointed.

Needless to say, it was well worth the wait. Picking up as close as possible to where they left off, the quartet produced an album that aligns impeccably with its predecessor. An unarguably nostalgic early 90s reincarnation, m b v remains as bass driven and dreamy as ever.

It’s hard to believe this is only the third release from the monumentally influential alternative band, but the impressive catalog and innovative quality of nearly every track from the shoegaze pioneers continues to speak volumes.

My Bloody Valentine will be headed to the UK in March after a six-gig tour in Japan and Australia.

m b v is currently available exclusively through their website, in three formats:

180-gram vinyl, CD and digital download.

The full package includes all three formats, and choice of digital download quality:

– 16bit 44.1 K WAV
– 320kbps MP3
– 24bit 96 K WAV

You can stream the entire album now on their respective YouTube site.

Listen to ‘She Found Now’ and other tracks from the new album: