We discussed late in 2012 the eternal defeat of being a My Bloody Valentine fan: mastermind Kevin Shields is great at getting our hopes for new material up and then spiking them like mason jars on asphalt. So here’s your consolation prize: a bunch of noisy Japanese bands covering Loveless, start to finish.
You can get the entire tribute album—no, I’ve no idea why it’s called that, except that perhaps they designed the cover first?—on Japanese iTunes, which I know we all have, or Amazon, but luckily a lot of these tracks have been showing up on YouTube. For example, you’ve got Boris’ take on “Sometimes,” which will be enough to sell most noiseheads on the project.
Elsewhere, there’s the hilariously lounge-fried “When You Sleep” from Shonen Knife, a cover of “Touched” by The Sodom Project that sounds like that one Nine Inch Nails song from Natural Born Killers (so help me I will not look it up). Best of all, though, may be Lemon’s Chair’s version of “What You Want,” which accesses the danciness of album closer “Soon” for dream-pop of the highest order. To the clouds!
Again. We last got unduly stoked for new material from MBV at the end of 2007, when the band was preparing for their 2008 reunion tour and dropping hints of a Loveless follow-up that was about “3/4 finished” but would be out “before year’s end.” Leaving aside the laughable notion that weirdo perfectionist shoegaze godfather Kevin Shields would polish off the last 25% of his album in less than a month, IT HURT A LOT THAT HE DIDN’T.
Then, this past November, we heard a similar promise from the NME (shudder): the album would “be released on frontman Kevin Shields’s website before the end of the year … followed by a further EP of brand new material.” It’s a Christmas miracle! Except we’ve heard nothing else over the ensuing weeks, the year is nearly over, and Shields doesn’t even have a website. Guess we’re giving up again.
Boy, I tell you: I am really looking forward to the next time I briefly hold out hope for a new My Bloody Valentine album. It’s like they know exactly how to space out my disappointments so that I never learn the lesson. In the end, even if this has been a two-decade hoax and Shields never recorded a single note, I appreciate that he’s been throwing me this bone now and then, just to get me through another five years.