You’d assume that, given my fondness for all things Slowdive, I would’ve written something about Minor Victories by now. Minor Victories is a new “supergroup” (gads, I hate that term) that features Rachel Goswell (Slowdive) and Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai). And yet the group has largely flown under my radar… until now.
Minor Victories had its genesis when Editors’ Justin Lockey, who had started work on a solo project, was put in touch with Goswell when he wanted some female vocals. They then recruited Braithwaite to add some additional guitars, followed by Justin’s brother James. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, the group has been able to create most of their music while rarely, if ever, being in the same room together.
The results of this unusual collaboration is a self-titled album that will be released by Fat Possum Records this June. The album will also include contributions from Mark Kozelek and The Twilight Sad’s James Graham. The album’s first single is the ominous, urgent, synth-poppy “A Hundred Ropes”; watch the official, samurai-filled video below.