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Editors’ Notes

Since two years passed between My Bloody Valentine’s 1988 album Isn’t Anything and the Glider EP, fans had yet to experience the absolute innovation of Kevin Shields’ “floating tremolo” guitar technique. And as MBV's opus Loveless hadn't yet been released, many of those who bought Glider on vinyl reportedly first thought their records were warped upon hearing the undulating tone-bends of the opening “Soon" and the blissed-out cacophony of the trailing instrumental title track. “Soon” proved to be MBV's best fusion of dance beats and shoegazing, so much that producer Andrew Weatherall later remixed a club version of it. Even over the acoustic guitars and jangling tambourines of “Don’t Ask Why,” the tremolo bar on Shields’ Fender Jazzmaster provides a hypnotic mantra of sonic ebbs and flows. But it’s Bilinda Butcher's heavy-lidded vocals that are truly captivating here, in both “Soon” and the wistful “Off Your Face.” This recording changed the indie game so much that not even snobby scribes could claim that they preferred the band’s earlier material.

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Listening to "Off Your Face" while putting food in my face never felt so good. I bought this EP in 1989 and knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life - buy more EPs.

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Biography

Formed: 1984 in Dublin, Ireland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Like the Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, and the Jesus and Mary Chain before them, My Bloody Valentine redefined what noise meant within the context of pop songwriting. Led by guitarist Kevin Shields, the group released several EPs in the mid-'80s before recording the era-defining Isn't Anything in 1988, a record that merged lilting, ethereal melodies of the Cocteau Twins with crushingly loud, shimmering distortion. Though My Bloody Valentine rejected rock & roll conventions, they didn't subscribe...
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