On their upcoming fifth studio release, British Alternative band Swervedriver produced a well-crafted collection of charming songs that pick up right where we last heard the band, almost 17 years ago. I Wasn’t Born To Lose You, the first studio album of new material since 1998s 99th Dream, sounds slightly derivative (in a positive way) of their contemporaries Sonic Youth, Catherine Wheel and My Bloody Valentine. However, their updated sound and production is pleasing to the ear and feels as though the band had been recording regularly since 1998. The whirling and dreamy guitar playing is simplistic, yet enticing. It’s a mellow vibe throughout the album, shimmering with Shoegaze with enough backbone behind it to not fall into the overly-cliched genre. If you enjoy catchy hooks, melodies, shimmery guitar tones—song after song, then you’re sure to adore this new album. Available March 3rd.
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