Jackie Listens to: Slowdive’s Souvlaki (1993)

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This is a first listen through for me, and it was a fun ride.  Shoegaze has always been recommended to me because I like My Bloody Valentine but haven’t delved much further into the genre, so I decided to dive in with this album, a classic recommended to me by many kind strangers of the internet.

I love what I’ve heard of dream pop and shoegaze, it’s so… dreamy and atmospheric.  The shoegaze album I am the most familiar with is My Bloody Valentine‘s Loveless, and while I love LovelessSouvlaki is a much quieter, gentler album.  It’s much more ambient and ethereal, sometimes almost relaxing.  No one song really seemed to disturb my eerie sense of calm while listening to it, and it all seemed to be part of one musical journey, one soundscape of feeling.  Notable tracks for me were Sing, which I read has Brian Eno in it, which is cool, I also really liked Souvlaki Space Station, and can’t seem to stop listening to the emotional Dagger, but most of all I just enjoyed listening to it all the way through.  As soon as it was over, I started it again.  It was all really good, just overall a great album.

Do I recommend it?  I do.  I really enjoyed it.  Shoegaze is not for everyone, so your mileage may vary, but you should give it a shot if you’re interested in the genre.  I hear it is essential listening.  If this is what shoegaze has in store, I’m ready for more.

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