After a decade of delays, the remastered versions of seminal shoegaze albums Isn’t Anything and Loveless will be released next week (probably). The My Bloody Valentine Creation-era catalog will be fully fleshed out with EP’s 1988-1991 that features material from the EPs Feed Me With Your Kiss, You Made Me Realise, Glider and Tremolo along with three previously unreleased tracks.
As reclusive frontman Kevin Shields told Pitchfork, the remasters were so long-delayed because the label ‘misplaced’ the master tapes:
“Only after I started threatening to get Scotland Yard involved did they magically, suddenly reappear.”
One of the previously unreleased tracks, “Good For You,” is a pretty nice amalgamation of the fuzzy sunniness of Isn’t Anything and the feedback assault of Loveless:
Vinyl remasters are expected to follow in a few months, with a promise of new material after that. Shields told Mojo that during the remastering process he dug up demos from the band’s fabled unfinished follow-up to Loveless and was reinvigorated:
“I listened to the stacks of CDs and thought, ‘Shit, this is better than the unreleased tracks on the compilation’. I decided it would be insane not to finish it.”
So apparently we can expect a finished version of that album and an EP of brand new material before the end of the year. We’ll believe it when we see it, Kevin.
In one last bit of MBV news, bassist Debbie Googe will be touring with Primal Scream this summer. She takes over for Mani, who’s a little busy with his old band.