|6||skin in the game|
|7||chained to a cloud|
The fifth album from shoegaze giants slowdive contains the duality of a familiar internal language mixed with the exaltation of new beginnings. »everything is alive« is transportive, searching and aglow, the work of a classic band continuing to pitch its unmistakable voice to the future.
»everything is alive«, slowdive's 5th record, is exactly what the title suggests: an exploration into the shimmering nature of life and the universal touch points within it. While there are parts of this record that could sit neatly next to the atmospheric quality of 1995's »Pygmalion«; everything is alive also manages to break down the boundaries of what's come before it. Spanning psychedelic soundscapes, pulsating 80's electronic elements and John Cale inspired journeys, the album lands immediately as something made for 2023 and beyond. For a genre that is often thought of as divisive, and often warrants introspection, here slowdive show their craft as the masters of it by pushing it outwards, beyond the singular; the end result being a record which feels as emotional and cathartic as it is hopeful.
Please note: sleeves of the 1st pressing come in a different color design (beige / grey).