Slowdive 2016
(Ingrid Pop)

It’s really, truly happening… After two decades, shoegaze pioneers Slowdive have announced their latest album. Titled Slowdive, the album will be released by Dead Oceans on May 5 (preorder here).

The band has also released a new single from album, ​“Sugar for the Pill.” It’s a bit more hushed and relaxed than the first single (“Star Roving”) but is even lovelier. Neil Halstead’s vocals retain the warmth and rustic-ness of his solo acoustic albums while the band layers shimmering guitars and space-y synths around him, leading up to a gorgeous cascade of sounds around the 3:05 moment.

Watch the official ​“Sugar for the Pill” video below. The more I listen to it, the more it grows on me. Between ​“Sugar for the Pill” and ​“Star Roving,” I have a good feeling Slowdive is going to fulfill a lot of long-building fan expectations come early May.