Three years ago, Slowdive joined a long line of revived 90s groups traversing the tour circuit, and their place was hardly cemented. While revered during their heyday, it can be difficult for a band such as Slowdive to find their footing in a different social climate. Yet they make it look remarkably easy with new single “Sugar for the Pill,” their second track released from their forthcoming self-titled set, the first new Slowdive album in 22 years. The guitars wash over the track with a concerted delicacy, and Neil Halstead’s vocals never threatening to disrupt the flow. “Pill” is a graceful, pointed return for the Berkshire five-piece, removing them from the realm of “legacy acts” and firmly planting them in the present.
Slowdive is set for release on 5/5 via Dead Oceans.