Happy Birthday Loveless – 30 Years Ago Today My Bloody Valentine Releases Shoegaze Stepping Stone
A day doesn’t go by where I don’t listen to reverb-drenched music filled with echoing soundscapes, promoting a sense of ethereal inner soul searching. Much of that excitement has My Bloody Valentine to thank, a group who merged dissonant guitar arrangements, androgynous vocals, and irregular production techniques—pioneering shoegaze throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s.
On November 4, 1991, now 30 years ago, My Bloody Valentine released one of music’s most arduous and experimentally groundbreaking records ever with Loveless. The group experimented with guitar tremolo methods, tuning systems, eccentric production techniques, obscured vocals, sampled feedback, and abstract percussion in turn creating this defining shoegazing album.
I still remember diving into My Bloody Valentine for the first time in middle school, not sure what to make of it or exactly what I was hearing. Upon my second and third listen, it became a significant moment of life, outlining this is the type of sounds you dig Joe. So glad the group reformed in 2007 and released M B V in 2013. Can’t wait to see what’s to come.
Happy birthday, Loveless.
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