9 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Before Neil Halstead sang bearded, beachy folk tunes, he drove Rickenbackers through countless effects and sang heavenly harmonies with Rachel Goswell in Slowdive. After a handful of EPs which showed Slowdive as masters at orchestrating three-part guitar-wash symphonies, Just for a Day revealed the quintet writing catchier songs and honing the harmonies that made Halstead and Goswell a pair of early '90s indie darlings. "Spanish Air" opens borrowing from the Cure's Disintegration, but it's the lovely "Celia's Dream" that truly sets the tone with bouncing lilts of guitar delay and Halstead's wispy inflections. Had shoegazing gone mainstream, "Catch the Breeze" would have been a hit. The descending verse chords, delicately braided vocals, astral guitar crescendos, soaring melodies, and pulsing drums all took the dream pop sound as far as it could go. Slowdive flirted with adolescent goth roots in the melancholic "Ballad of Sister Sue" and turned kids on to Erik Satie with the inspired instrumental "Erik's Song." 1993's Souvlaki connected to a wider audience as they landed producer Brian Eno, but Just for a Day is the exciting sound of a young and innovative band huddled around a single light in the darkness.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Before Neil Halstead sang bearded, beachy folk tunes, he drove Rickenbackers through countless effects and sang heavenly harmonies with Rachel Goswell in Slowdive. After a handful of EPs which showed Slowdive as masters at orchestrating three-part guitar-wash symphonies, Just for a Day revealed the quintet writing catchier songs and honing the harmonies that made Halstead and Goswell a pair of early '90s indie darlings. "Spanish Air" opens borrowing from the Cure's Disintegration, but it's the lovely "Celia's Dream" that truly sets the tone with bouncing lilts of guitar delay and Halstead's wispy inflections. Had shoegazing gone mainstream, "Catch the Breeze" would have been a hit. The descending verse chords, delicately braided vocals, astral guitar crescendos, soaring melodies, and pulsing drums all took the dream pop sound as far as it could go. Slowdive flirted with adolescent goth roots in the melancholic "Ballad of Sister Sue" and turned kids on to Erik Satie with the inspired instrumental "Erik's Song." 1993's Souvlaki connected to a wider audience as they landed producer Brian Eno, but Just for a Day is the exciting sound of a young and innovative band huddled around a single light in the darkness.

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