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Staff Selects Playlist: Before and After Loveless

Every week, a different FADER editor compiles a playlist to highlight a new release and give you a guide to that artist’s web of influences and peers. These Staff Selects live in our Spotify app, alongside GEN Fs from our archives and playlists for each issue. This week, it's Emilie Friedlander on shoegaze aesthetics and the impending release of My Bloody Valentine's long-lost follow-up to Loveless.

Kevin Shields, frontman and founder of the early '90s, shoegaze-defining super group My Blood Valentine, announced yesterday that the band's long-awaited Loveless follow-up, which they began and aborted shortly after the release of that 1991 classic, is set for release sometime in late 2012. It can't be more than two months away, which isn't big lag time considering that MBV fans have been waiting for it to come out for over two decades. In case it isn't just another false alarm, I thought I'd take a walk down shoegaze memory lane and revisit some gems from before and after Loveless that incarnate the album's wall-of-sound approach, with an ear for the crests and falls that arise when the layers of vox and buzzing guitar are stacked so high that they shift across each other like tectonic plates.

Staff Selects: Before and After Loveless

Staff Selects Playlist: Before and After Loveless