By Bryan Hood | Well, what do you know, My Bloody Valentine’s long-rumored (but never actually heard) third album is finally going to be released, according to the band’s frontman Kevin Shields. The reason for the hold up doesn’t seem to be the pressure to live up to the band’s legendary and incredibly influential sophomore album “Loveless,” instead it just seems like Shields let his perfectionist way get the best of him. In fact, the frontman seems pretty confident that fans will love the album they’ve been waiting more than 21 years for. “I think with this record, people who like us will immediately connect with something,” he told NME. “Based on the very, very few people who’ve heard stuff – some engineers, the band, and that’s about it – some people think it’s stranger than ‘Loveless’. I don’t. I feel like it really frees us up, and in the bigger picture it’s 100 per cent necessary.” The album, which will be available for download on Shield’s website before the end of the year, will be followed shortly after by an EP of even more new work.
2012’s been a big year for fans of the definitive shoegaze band, who also released remasters of their first two albums, along with a comprehensive collection of their EPs, earlier this year. Like the band’s third album, the remasters had been in the works forever, held up by Shields wanting to them to be just right. Ironically one of the “Loveless” reissues (it was released in two versions, one from the Digital Audio Tape master and the other from the Analog master) featured a glaring electronic glitch.
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