My Bloody Valentine - M B V

There was some teeth to Kevin Shields’s promises after all: Tonight, My Bloody Valentine unleash their first new album in over 20 years, the followup to 1991′s seminal shoegazer masterpiece Loveless.

They posted to Facebook (it is fun to visualize them crowding around a MacBook to post): “The album is now live on www.mybloodyvalentine.org.” The servers are slammed to the point of paralysis — we’ve waited 21 years, and according to their error message we still haven’t earned the “credentials” to access it — but we can share this much: It’s called m b v. And it actually exists. For now, feel free to liveblog your listening experience, family-style, and stoke the envy of everyone getting that 403 error. By Monday, we’ll dig in together. New MBV album is here! 2013 we did it y’all.

UPDATE: Some details…

TRACKLIST
1. “she found now”
2. “only tomorrow”
3. “who sees you”
4. “is this and yes”
5. “if i am”
6. “new you”
7. “in another way”
8. “nothing is”
9. “wonder 2″

The album is available in three formats:
180 gram vinyl + CD + digital download of your choice
CD + digital download of your choice
digital download of your choice

The digital download will be available in the following file types:
16bit 44.1 K WAV file (cd quality)
320kbps MP3
24bit 96 K WAV file

The price of the digital download only is the same regardless of the file quality and size.

The vinyl has been recorded, mixed and mastered in analogue. It is manufactured on 180 gram vinyl and comes in a gatefold sleeve with the CD in a card wallet. The vinyl will be limited due to manufacturing restrictions.

The CD comes in a gatefold card sleeve.

The vinyl and CD artwork is currently being finished and each format will have slightly different but similar artwork to the download artwork that will be attached to your download.

UPDATE: Stream the album below.

Comments (346)
  1. Ack stupid 403 error! This is driving me crazy already!

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  3. I still don’t believe it. Are we sure the new MBV album isn’t just a 403 error? Maybe Shield’s just wants the whole world to sit and wait on that 403 error and then when we are all distracted he will hunt us down one by one until their will be no one left to ask for a new MBV album. And then when all is quiet, he can stop stop gazing at his shoes and start gazing at the world he now rules.

  4. ok, who here is under the age of 22 and is pissed cause you’ve been waiting for this all of your life?

  5. good guy kevin shields.

  6. I got it. Really surprised by the prominent brass section, but loving it.

    Nah I got as far as the homepage but clicking “Buy Now” gives me errors.

  7. If I get the 403 error on the first try should I keep trying or am I stuck that way?

  8. This is as far as I got for anyone who is just getting the 403 or server is too busy messages (yikes!, it’s real).

    This is the official my bloody valentine website and online shop.

    The new album is available to buy now.

    The album is available in three formats:
    180 gram vinyl + CD + digital download of your choice
    CD + digital download of your choice
    digital download of your choice

    The digital download will be available in the following file types:
    16bit 44.1 K WAV file (cd quality)
    320kbps MP3
    24bit 96 K WAV file

    The price of the digital download only is the same regardless of the file quality and size.

    The vinyl has been recorded, mixed and mastered in analogue. It is manufactured on 180 gram vinyl and comes in a gatefold sleeve with the CD in a card wallet. The vinyl will be limited due to manufacturing restrictions.

    The CD comes in a gatefold card sleeve.

    The vinyl and CD artwork is currently being finished and each format will have slightly different but similar artwork to the download artwork that will be attached to your download (pictured in main pack-shot on right of screen).

  9. has anybody actually been able to download this?

  10. access is denied to THE FORBIDDEN ALBUM..

    1 vinyl please!

  11. Just got rick-rolled by someone on FB saying they had a link to the stream. The anticipation is killing me!

  12. Listening to “To Here Knows When” while being a part of this momentous occasion makes me feel like I’m ascending to Heaven.

  13. Anyone know how much the MP3 version costs yet?

  14. close my eyes, feel me now, I don’t know, maybe you could download now

  15. “First it give’th, then it take’th away”.

  16. Who updates Wikipedia pages so quickly?

  17. I was going to do home work tonight… but then this happened.

  18. I hope they have a good IT guy working to fix this right now. Preferably one with an accent.

  19. Come on people, it’s painfully obvious at this point that My Bloody Valentine never intended to release a new album, and that Kevin Shields never claimed a new album would come out in 2-3 days as earlier reported. It’s clear that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo is behind all of this. It’s best to accept this now and not act all incredulous when it turns out what we thought existed was just unceremoniously killed off with a 403 error.

  20. *NEWS ALERT* the album is now called “Forbidden: Access is Denied” and consists of an hour of the sound of people clicking ‘refresh’

  21. Staring at the 403 page thinking to myself, Never expected Shields to go all minimalist on us…

  22. Well Kevin Shields is either balling his eyes out about this or pissing his pants from laughing way too much about this right about now. Not sure which.

  23. The longer I’m kept waiting the more frustrated I’ll get.

  24. IT’S WORKING!!

  25. DAH! Almost there.

    I tried to put in my login info and I got an error screen.

    I WAS SO CLOSE!!!

  26. I ALMOST HAD IT!!! We should be taking turns trying to get at it so we’re not undermining each other.

  27. No one around me has any idea who MBV is and they have no idea why I’m freaking out at my laptop.

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  29. i’m downloading something being passed around… hope it’s the real thing.

  30. Just pressed play. My heart is beating so fast.

    • Track Names / Times

      1. “she found now” – 5:06
      2. “only tomorrow” – 6:22
      3. “who sees you” – 6:12
      4. “is this and yes” – 5:07
      5. “if i am” – 3:54
      6. “new you” – 4:59
      7. “in another way” – 5:31
      8. “nothing is” – 3:34
      9. “wonder 2″ – 5:52

    • HOW? WHERE? HOW IS IT? SO MANY QUESTIONS!

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      • Wahhh!!!!!!!!!!

      • Mikey, baby, there’s a new MBV album, play nice.

      • Mike, I haven’t been on the site much and you’ve managed to insult RJC twice in the few posts I’ve read. Do you think it logical to complain about others downvoting you as you verbally attack him? He’s a guy that has had an enormous amount of patience for you and could justifiably do the exact opposite.
        Stop. Shut it down. Log off. See you tomorrow.

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          • You’re a teenage girl with a wider vocabulary sometimes.

          • You bring the worst out of yourself. Don’t blame others for the words your fingers type.

            Nobody knows when to take you seriously because who knows if this is another pro wrestling stunt? Or if you have the bottle of Jergens out again and leaned back in yr chair moaning, “Oh, I’ll piss on their parade tonight! Yeah this will be a great way to celebrate the new album!”

            It’s so hard to tell but I truly don’t care. This album is much louder than the white noise coming from your keyboard Michael_ and it really shows who you are by acting like a twit on such a special day. I was excited to spend last night commenting with my Stereogum brethren, but instead was forced to close out of the site entirely to help ignore your negativity. I don’t even know why I’m bothering to write this, but I’ve tried being cordial. I didn’t want to add to the negativity you initiated. I wanted to celebrate this album.

            So that’s what I’ll do.

            “she found now” is the perfect opener. After YEARS of “Isn’t Anything” and “Loveless” slaying ass right out the gate, we get a slow burning build to calm our nerves and beating hearts to ease us into this album. It’s instantly the greatest song I’ve ever heard for being so kind and gentle. But then the rest of the album happens…

            “only tomorrow” and “who sees you” complement each other beautifully. As has been said below, these tracks feel like natural follow-ups to “Loveless”. Both clocking in over six minutes with the former having to fade out to end that infinite groove and the latter building to a worthy climax.

            Then our first and only shift back into calmer territory with another 1-2 punch. The girl I fell in love with at the Polo Fields in 2009 returns to the microphone to “cooo” us into submission. For those that have heard the rest of the album, “is this and yes” and “if i am” are merely the calm before the storm. But it’s impressive how smoothly those two tracks float into each other.

            Have we figured out if “new you” was “Rough Song” from a few days ago? That video got taken down so I can’t compare, but that was my first reaction to “new you”. Glorious transition into the back side of this album. I remember thinking that they’ll likely have another relaxing track near the end to ease us out of this already stellar album, but tracks 7-9 is an ascension to space.

            I remember nearly screaming when that SCREEEECH kicks in at the beginning of “in another way”, only to unfold in one of the hardest mbv tracks I’ve ever heard… yet. That song is probably my favorite at the moment. That guitar at the end is classic hum-a-long mbv where you just mouth the guitar sound out loud to pass the time. LOVE how it ends too…

            …and gives way to “nothing is” – the song that will trick many a stoner into thinking their mp3s are skipping. It will DEFINITELY convince anybody over the age of 50 that “your record is skipping”, but really that’s what is needed here in the penultimate track of this album. Vicious repetition to the point that you think this album is going to loop itself into oblivion, which it does, but not until “wonder 2″

            Ooooohhhhh “wonder 2″ you fucking sunuvabitch. After all these years of mbv’s live show described as “an airplane taking off” we finally get an mbv song that sounds like yr inside a jet engine floating over the planet. It sounds like something in reverse, like the whole album is being undone and getting sucked into a giant vacuum. Then, just like the two previous tracks, it drops out and ends in mere seconds.

            We’re left with nothing but slack jawed awe. And then the sounds of “she found now”. The loop continues. We have a long way to go before we outplay this album like we did “Loveless” and that’s exactly what we intend to do.

            tl;dr Who the fuck is going to top this album this year?

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          • Nice little summary Raptor. Incredible album. Absolutely incredible.

            I’d love to see some info as to when each of these gems were recorded. But whenever they were recorded, MBV are gods.

          • Michael, you need to take some time off the Internet.

          • Ain’t nobody slanderin’ the dino messiah.

          • Michael_  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2013 +5

            I’m with you on that, Brock. Fortunately, I’ve started already by decapitating it at the head with facebook — A week without looking at that white noise News Feed already has me feeling a few percentiles better without having to subject myself to the pointless posts of people who don’t even really know me anymore.

            raptor jesus, if you’re reading this, I am sorry for underscoring your Super m b v Bowl party. We’re a lot alike in our passion about music, but very different in how we go about showing it. Out of all the pointless arguments I’ve seen amongst others or had myself on here, all the terrible trolls and so on, the one thing that has actually broken my heart in real life about this place despite being able to log off and away from imaginary avatars of this comment section at the end of the day was the very real value to me that was that guest post. I never got any sort of apology from anyone over how that entire event played out, and that’s what hurts my real life emo heart. duchessofthomyorke aside, I was a positive influence and addition to the comments — and that happened, and it broke me.

            But, I’m taking Brock Lesnar Boonstra’s advice for the time out for now.

          • That’s the spirit! It sounds like you’re going through a pretty rough time, and having been through a few of those myself, I know it’s hard to get out of a rut once you’re in one. But I think sometimes you just gotta unplug and pin your demons to the ground. I very sincerely wish all the best for you and hope things start picking up real soon. Keep it real, Brother Barone!

            Yr friend,
            Brock

        • Guys I think Michael_ is trolling everyone. Or….something. I don’t even know anymore.

  31. FOUND IT OH SWEET JESUS

  32. Apparently the MP3 version that the site is selling is a poor transcode to 320 kbps.

    Best to go with the WAV version, me thinks.

  33. IT WORKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Michael_ you do realize this is 2013 right? The music business is not exactly in the same state that MBV left it 22 years ago…. Times have changed. Not to say that downloading music without paying for it is something everyone should do, but let’s face it, you can’t stop people from doing what they want to do. Do you really want to be the internet-police or something? Look, most people here like myself are fans and I can guarantee you that the majority if not, all of us will be ordering this on Vinyl and have it tucked away where nobody can touch it. THAT’S HOW MUCH WE LOVE THIS BAND. Otherwise, i don’t think any of us would be here tonight.

  35. Playing it now, record on the way, got a ticket to see them live in 13 days, life is pretty good.

  36. Mind. Blown.

  37. Everything from “New You” onwards completely blew my mind. Well, before that too.

    But afterwards…. dear god.

    • Agreed. Second half kicked my ass

    • Definitely agree. After all the hype (and website issues), I was a little bit let down at first after hearing the first several tracks, which struck me as sounding like bonus tracks from the “Loveless” recordings. But now I’m listening to second half (and currently on the last track with the jet engine – YES!) and NOW I’m getting into it. Definitely looking forward to repeat listenings with headphones.

  38. ‘only tomorrow’ is so so good. the ecstatic ‘wwwwwoooooo!’ s and guitar swoons

  39. Yep. It’s good.

  40. anyone else feel like $16 for digital and $22 for a cd is a bit much?
    on the other hand, $30 for vinyl+cd is a pretty good deal

    • Yeah, that $30 dollar deal is dope.

      But $22 for the CD? Come on.

      And $16 for the digital is super ridiculous. I refuse to spend more than $10 on something I can’t physically hold. That’s a personal rule.

      I’m crazy conflicted right now.

      • Well it sounds so much like a 90s album they figured they’d charge 90s prices.

      • What you are getting for $22 is the CD + the digital download. Kevin is probably looking at it as essentially getting the vinyl audio and the CD since most people are going to pick the 24-bit option for the download. If you choose the vinyl + CD + download, you are being charged about $8 more, basically for the record’s packaging. Bear in mind that the band is handling all of this without any label support and that the pound is worth significantly more than the dollar.

      • Yep, they’ve priced themselves out of my market. The $30 deal seems ok until the $11 shipping pops up (USPS?). For now it’s an illegal download and a hope for a reasonably priced alternative, digital or physical.

        • Pretty sure you guys can find an active In Rainbows forum to share your ideas on download price and let us enjoy this beauty of a record!

    • I guess you could think of it as saving one dollar for each year they didn’t release this album. I picked up the CD and massive WAV download. I hear I’m getting the LP for my birthday so I had to restrain myself.

      It’s also incredible! Excellent LP. Worth the wait.

      • YES! The jet sounds at the end are worth the price of admission.

      • Just curious to know the rationale behind your decision, but if the LP comes with both a CD and a digital download, why did you choose to purchase the CD / digital separately again instead of just the digital to hold you over for now?

        • seriously who cares it sounds phenomenal and it’s such an historic moment, let’s listen to it and comment the music and leave pointless digital comments aside for a while!!!

          • I wasn’t making the suggestion that digital or vinyl were better quality, I was just confused as to why he bought the CDs twice. He writes well, but didn’t bother to read the product page thoroughly apparently.

        • I listen to CDs in my car and coincidentally have had a CD copy of “Loveless” in my car since I got the thing. Since I was told not to get the LP since it’ll be a gift, I ordered the CD and digital release because mbv can have my money.

          And to be perfectly honest I didn’t know they had an LP/CD/Download option of all three. I just clicked the CD link and off I went.

          The high quality WAV files sound a lot better than the mp3 version btw.

    • I would if it were for any other band but for MBV…. worth it!

  41. When “Loveless” was released, I was a little more than two months old. Yet, I’m still able to enjoy the energy surrounding to release of that album’s worthy follow-up.

    Thank you, Kevin and the gang, for the belating the release to let all us millenials enjoy the launch.

    • I was 8 or 9 years old, but I can guarantee you I wasn’t listening to Loveless back then. I was making good use of my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze tape though. Shit was tight.

      Anyway, I may be a few moons older, but I feel like I’m in the same boat. Many of us are…22 years is a hell of a long time.

  42. Going to bed a happy man. Never thought I’d see an MBV album during my lifetime, let alone just a few years into my music culture consciousness and indie rock fandom. Time will only tell if this can match up with or (dare I say it) surpass the excellence that is “Loveless.”

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