In the June 2, 2012 issue of the NME, Kevin Shields said the long-awaited third album from My Bloody Valentine –- the first since 1991’s classic Loveless –- is imminent. The UK mag quotes Shields as saying the album will be released “sooner rather than later,” perhaps even this year.
For more than two decades My Bloody Valentine has been one of the most influential, mysterious, important bands in music, mostly on the strength of Loveless. The new album has the potential to alter that legacy forever, and that’s probably why it keeps getting delayed –- over and over again.
Two more reasons the new album has been pushed back so many times include label disputes with Sony and Shields’ crippling perfectionism. Shields started working on the new songs back in the mid-’90s, but shelved them. He recently told Mojo that when listened to the tracks again, he thought, “‘Shit, this is better than the unreleased tracks on the compilation.’ I decided it would be insane not to finish it.”
The unreleased tracks he’s referring to are on EPs 1988-1991, one of the three My Bloody Valentine reissues released in the UK last month. The two others are re-mastered versions of Loveless and MBV’s 1988 debut full-length Isn’t Anything. The songs on EPs 1988-1991 include re-masters of the Creation Records EPs (Glider, You Made Me Realise, Tremolo, Feed Me With Your Kiss) and the several rarities that apparently aren’t as good as what’s on the new album.
With each new interview, Shields provides a few more details to keep our attention, and a little more info to keep us guessing. We now know the new record will be less like Loveless and more like Isn’t Anything. It was influenced by The Beach Boys’ Smile. It started as an experiment and has some drum and bass and aggressive guitars. It’s almost finished, and then it just needs to be mixed.
“But that’s OK,” Shields told The Quietus in May. “I’m not slow at mixing.”
Of course MBV isn’t alone in putting off releasing new material. The Stone Roses are touring Europe now, in support of … what, 1994’s Second Coming? The Pixies have been doing that routine for years now, too (last studio release: 1991’s Trompe Le Monde). We’ve been waiting forever to hear more from The La’s, Dr. Dre, D’Angelo, etc, etc. etc. So we’ve compiled a list of the top 20 bands that have teased us with talk of new releases that we can’t wait to hear. Check it out, and tell us which bands’ music you’ve been waiting for … forever.