Posted in music on August 7, 2013

by Bill Pearis

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Every time I write about something related to '90s-era shoegaze (be it Medicine, Kitchens of Distinction most recently) someone usually comments "where's the Slowdive reunion?" While I have no information on that, for those who hope that guitarist Neil Halstead would stop making hushed folk (lovely as it is) and palling around with Jack Johnson, and instead plug back in and make some noise -- you're in luck (though he's probably still hanging with Jack).

Black Hearted Brother is a new project comprised of Halstead, onetime Seefeel member Mark Van Hoen (who also records as Locust, not to be confused with The Locust), and Nick Holton of Coley Park. The trio will release their debut album, Stars Are Our Home, on October 22 via Slumberland Records. It is, to quote Halstead, "a lot of very long and indulgent space rawk." He further adds:

The idea was to just make a record that was in some ways 'unedited,' to not worry about a particular sound or style, but to just go with the flow. We all make quite focused records individually so, as Mark says, it's our 'guilty pleasures' album.
Nothing guilty about the first released track from the album, "(I Don't Mean To) Wonder," whose roaring guitar sound can be traced back to Slowdive's 1994 album, Souvlaki.

Album cover art and song stream below...

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Comments (16)

new drummer please. otherwise i like it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2013 4:48 PM

shouldn't people be asking WHEN is the slowdive reunion?

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2013 5:46 PM

sucks. MBV proved the rule: leave the past in the past where it belongs

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2013 6:09 PM

Rachel is pretty much done with live music forever, no Slowdive reunion tour.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2013 6:38 PM

sounds good. agree the drums are the weak link.

Posted by scooper | August 7, 2013 7:14 PM

This would be awesome live.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2013 10:52 PM

It's about time Neil Halstead dusted off all of those old pedals

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2013 7:18 AM

this is so good

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2013 8:42 AM

Please be a good album. Please be a good album.

Oh, and the new MBV is great.

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2013 9:06 AM

how about that POS new medicine cd?

Posted by anon (16th century) | August 8, 2013 9:11 PM

This would be awesome live.

Posted by e3lanat | August 10, 2013 4:53 AM

new medicine album is dope, on all formats.

Posted by koko b. ware | September 4, 2013 7:21 PM

I think I read Neil is open to come back with Slowdive, anyway, I'm glad discovering he is not stuck in his last nickdrake-vibe.

Posted by Katie | February 17, 2014 6:39 AM

I think I read Neil is open to come back with Slowdive, anyway, I'm glad discovering he is not stuck in his last nickdrake-vibe.

Posted by Jones | March 5, 2014 3:28 PM

I think I read Neil is open to come back with Slowdive, anyway, I'm glad discovering he is not stuck in his last nickdrake-vibe.

Posted by Jimmy | May 14, 2014 4:28 AM

Cut your losses, grow your hair. See some man to take you there.

Posted by Carolyn | June 2, 2014 12:11 PM

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