Shoegaze giants tour their new album everything is alive.
Six years after the group’s monumental self-titled album, everything is alive finds Slowdive locating evermore contours of its immersive, elemental sound.
The new record began with Halstead in the role of writer and producer, working on demos at home and experimenting with a 'more minimal electronic record'. Slowdive’s collective decision-making ultimately drew the group back towards their signature reverb-drenched guitars, but that first concept seeped into the compositions.
'As a band, when we’re all happy with it, that tends to be the stronger material,' Halstead says. 'We’ve always come from slightly different directions, and the best bits are where we all meet in the middle.'
This sound is the convergence of five unique characters: vocalists and guitarists Rachel Goswell and Neil Halstead, guitarist Christian Savill, bassist Nick Chaplin, and drummer Simon Scott. 'Slowdive is very much the sum of its parts,' Goswell adds. 'Something unquantifiable happens when the five of us come together in a room.'
Owing to their deep history, there’s a palpable familial energy to Slowdive in 2023. everything is alive is dedicated to Goswell’s mother and Scott’s father, who both died in 2020. It's an album heavy with experience, but each note is poised, wise, and necessarily pitched to hope. As Halstead says, 'It wouldn’t feel right to make a really dark record right now. The album is quite eclectic emotionally, but it does feel hopeful.'
everything is alive is exactly what the title suggests: an exploration into the shimmering nature of life. Spanning psychedelic soundscapes, pulsating 80’s electronic elements and John Cale inspired journeys, its the work of a classic band continuing to pitch its unmistakable voice to the future