Icelandic Post-Rock pioneers Sigur Rós announced earlier today their holiday arts festival Norður og Niður to be held from December 25th-31st in Reykjavík . This seemed fantastic news in itself, with My Bloody Valentine guitarist Kevin Shields set to perform, as well as Jarvis Cocker among others.
But within in the festival’s bio section on Kevin Shield comes even more exciting news:
“kevin is currently finishing an all analog vinyl version of loveless and isn’t anything and is also working on material for a new my bloody valentine album to be released in 2018.”
A new My Bloody Valentine album? This LP would be the follow-up to their 2013 album titled m b v—a record that took 22 years to be finally realized!
m b v followed 1988’s Isn’t Anything and 1991’s Loveless, and the festival bio reiterates Shields’ claim to be working on all analog versions of the those two LP’s.
This also matches what Kevin Shields had to say in an August 9th, 2013 interview with Pitchfork:
“The next step is to make an EP of all-new material. I’m also going to re-master Loveless and Isn’t Anything and all the EPs in analog to make pure analog cuts, which has never happened before. And I hate to say this because we haven’t set it up yet, but we want to do a site where everyone who bought a record would be able to stream various other things we put up, like an old recording of when I first experimented with pitch-bending back in ’81. People could get a clearer version of how we wound up where we did. It seems more mysterious based on the records that were released because it seems like we went from a Cramps/Birthday Party band, to a noisy Jesus and Mary Chain indie pop band, to what we became in ’88. But if you hear what we did before that, you can see how we were just playing around. It’s not what it seems.
But the main plan for next year is to make a new record.”