Slowdive + The Verve + TRS + M83

Posted by Jakub

The Reflecting Skin
I’m sitting in a friend’s studio and he asks me what would you love to hear really loud since he has an amazing setup and my first reaction is wanting to hear the guitar’s right after the intro of where Slowdive’s Souvlaki Space Station drops in. I’ve always wanted to hear this song live over anything in my life.
After that, i wanted to compare that sound to The Verve’s spaced out Gravity Grave so i can compare in my opinion the 2 ultimate shoegaze tracks. It was lovely, almost as good as it being live in a few parts.
Then, to really take it to a dark and heavy side we put on The Reflecting Skin’s (who is pictured above) Year of the Knife which is an absolute monster. You look at movie trailer’s these days and they end up using some weak heavy metal track or some bad sped up Orbital rip off electronic track from the mid 90’s, why not something with more of an emotional connection that people won’t forget? The latest trailer for the movie Watchmen was perfect, i think it sounded like Billy Corgan from The Smashing Pumpkins, it couldn’t of been a better pick for the footage shown, I still remember it now perfectly clear.
As for the last track, it’s an edit that Addled did for M83’s You Appearing, i felt like i couldn’t of posted these songs without an M83 track but needed a song that was exclusive for you guys, you can download the song on Addled’s myspace. The original is very similar to this but he added the perfect touch to the rhythm section so its a little more driving.

Slowdive – Souvlaki Space Station


The Verve – Gravity Grave (Extended Version)


The Reflecting Skin – Year of the Knife


M83 – You Appearing (Addled edit)


13 Comments Leave A Comment


Dave says:

August 7, 2008 at 10:45 am

I was an ardent fan but Slowdive aren’t that impressive live although Spanish Air knocked me on my ass live. I saw Ride, Slowdive with My Bloody Valentine back in the day when they all toured together in like ’95 I think. My ears are still ringing from the wall of nose generated during Only Shallow. Ah Creation Records…those were the days.


Colin says:

August 7, 2008 at 1:05 pm

that is a very good list, but i would add Somtimes off of My Bloody Valentines album Loveless to the list of perfect shoegaze songs. thats just me though.


Joaquim Marquès Nielsen says:

August 7, 2008 at 1:06 pm

Not long ago, I made an unofficial music video for the track “You, appearing” by M83. It was a concept that I had in mind from the first time I heard the track, so I just had to do it :) Here it is:

www youtube com/watch?v=kSnxMdAB8MU
I like the original the best – without the beats on it.


iptydafu says:

August 7, 2008 at 2:10 pm

i remember playing slowdive, poolside, in the mid-90’s at school, and people asking if the disk was skipping; beautiful stuff, wonderful


Dave says:

August 7, 2008 at 2:52 pm

Youtube is the best time machine ever. I spent a full morning watching Swervedriver videos a few weeks back. I wish they came to Vancouver on their “we’re not dead yet!” tour. I’ve only seen them 4 times and could use another dose of Sandblasted.


Rent says:

August 7, 2008 at 10:37 pm

I’ve been looking for some more Reflecting Skin ever since I heard him on the Ghostly Swim mix…very dark but very good.


slobot says:

August 8, 2008 at 7:52 pm

ahh…souvlaki. that has to be in my top 5 albums of all time. i never saw them live either… i like the mojave 3 stuff and neil halstead’s solo stuff, but it doesn’t move me like slowdive.


Brian says:

August 9, 2008 at 5:24 am

Hey Scott, I haven’t posted on here before, but I’m an avid reader of your blog and I love all your work. I just wanted to let you know that the song on the Watchmen trailer is The Smashing Pumpkins…if you didn’t know already. It’s the song “The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning”. It’s on the band’s Rarities and B-Sides album that came out in ’05. You can get the song (or the album) on iTunes. Take care!


Chris says:

August 14, 2008 at 8:32 pm

It’s great to see somebody rep some early Verve on this website. Nobody made any worthwhile Shoegaze albums after A Storm in Heaven and Souvlaki, because they essentially were an exclaimation point to the “Scene That Celebrates Itself.”


Daniel Carvalho says:

August 15, 2008 at 5:21 am

Man, I only had my first encounter with “The Reflecting Skin” recently when Scott posted news on the Ghostly Swim album.

I can remember clearly when I heard first heard the song Traffickers. Listening intently as the song started, and then without call, that mean monster bass line kicks in and you can’t help but be moved. Makes you feel like looking upwards with both hands next you your head growling. It’s really quite ineffable, the songs are just so powerful, so much grunt yet deep.


Christian says:

August 15, 2008 at 1:54 pm

The trailer music from Hybrid for “The Spirit” really caught my attention in the theater, so I can relate to what you mean by it being a memorable experience. For once I can recall what the preview was about, and it did its job well, because now “we’re” talking about it, and it peeked my interest to perhaps actually go and see the film.



Ian Perge says:

September 3, 2008 at 4:52 am

Ironically, this version of the Smashing Pumpkins song is entitled “The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning”, a remix/slowdown of their Grammy Award-Winning song “The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning” from… wait for it…

1997’s horrific “Batman & Robin”. The one with Schwarzenegger in a wannnabe RoboCop suit and Uma Thurman focusing on the check and waiting for QT to hurry up and finish writing the “Kill Bill” script. Or at least looking to reclaim some acting respect in “Gattaca”.

That it indeed works so well in the trailer for “Watchman” (which looks *so* far beyond what I could ever had hoped for that I need to stop, lest I hope too much… ;-) in interesting to say the least. And here I was thinking that Billy Corgan was dismantling his former band’s accomplishments with asinine statements and “reunions” with only one-half the original band.