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Five Ep [Single]

Slowdive Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (18 Nov 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Creation
  • ASIN: B00004WT8Y
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 647,133 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2.0 out of 5 stars The ep between Souvlaki & Pygmalion. 31 Jan 2003
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
This was where Slowdive moved towards ambient soundscapes & away from the indie guitar sound of early songs like Morningrise & Slowdive. This ep was also remixed by The Aphex Twin, as was fashionable at the time- see Mindstream by Meat Beat Manifesto, Who Do You Think You Are? by St Etienne, Zeroes&Ones by Jesus Jones & Big Gay Heart by The Lemonheads (perhaps someone ought to do a compilation of these?). Opening track In Mind is moving toward Aphex/Polygon Window/Autechre territory- so the AFX remix seemed to be unnecessary. This has quite a lot in common with Seefeel, Main and Selected Ambient Works II; the dubby-soundscapes of Souvlaki are traded in for sonic-ambience with elements of Rachel Goswell's vocals. Where did the band go?
Second track Good Day Sunshine uses a drum machine also (did the drummer leave or something?), this does have some guitar on it, is quite soundtrack sounding but doesn't go anywhere (it sounds a bit like an intro tape- think The Cure's Tape or This Mortal Coil's FYT). Missing You is more slow-fi techno, the songwriting here is just not apparent- it sounds a bit like New Order demo-ing over some standard techno guiding tracks. Final track Country Rain is more techno-funeral muziq, but does have some more recognisable Slowdive elements- some oblique guitar & Rachel Goswell's pleasant vocals. Along with In Mind, it makes this ep a viable purchase; imagine Julee Cruise guesting on Selected Ambient Works II.
Pity they dropped the band thing & moved into ambient-techno territory- like Radiohead they aren't as good in this genre as the people they seek to imitate on Rephlex & Warp records. Shame, as Souvlaki was a generally excellent album- this is the sound of people voyaging up their oh, so fractal asses for the most part.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Didnt like it then, love it now. 31 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
I listened to this record when it came out (wow, well over 10 years ago...) and wondered what they had done to their sound. Times were changing then, and the shoegazing movement (of which slowdive was one) was dying out, to be replaced by the seattle sound, and at the time, I thought SD were selling out by going for this electronica vibe (although it only lasted for this one EP).
Maybe its the way we have all got desensitised to digital music via the influence of dance music in the intervening time, but this just sounds so refreshing now.
Just the thing to put on if you want to wind down after a weekender... Its the perfect come down record.
Of course, the only problem is that its harder to find than a WMD right now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slowdive's ever-evolving sound 15 Jun 2013
Format:Audio CD
Over their brief career, Slowdive continuously evolved their sound - leaving the legions of imitators that grew up in their wake to retread their turf as they moved ever onwards. I think most would agree that SOUVLAKI was their peak, with PYGMALION simply too 'out there' for fans of their earlier work (it took a long time for it to grow on me, but I do love it now). The 5ep captures a brief moment of Slowdive's journey - not quite like anything they did before it and not quite like anything after it, though it does have elements of both SOUVLAKI and PYGMALION in there.

Trippy, dreamy, spaced, melancholy, cinematic... more spare than their bombastic early epics, closer to recognisable songs than their final recordings... it's an important part of the history of one of the most influential acts of the late 20th century.
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