Album: My Bloody Valentine, Loveless (Sony)
It's easy to blame My Bloody Valentine for the dreary shoegazers that followed in their wake, but there was far greater depth to their guitar textures, which MBV's Kevin Shields proudly asserted were achieved without effects pedals.
In their take on the classic indie jangle, the broken-backed rhythms and swooning guitars lent an edge of entropic futility to the soft-psychedelic sound. This 1991 album is the best of three reissues of their work – also available are their debut, Isn't Anything, and a 2CD compilation of outtakes and EPs.
Download: When You Sleep; Soon; Loomer
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