Slowdive, with Cherry Glazerr; Wednesday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m.; 930 W. Seventh Ave., Denver, ogdentheatre.com.
y Bloody Valentine may be the band most synonymous with shoegaze, but it’s hard to pick a better collective output from the genre than that of British quintet Slowdive. Yes, the triple-guitar approach courtesy of Neil Halstead, Rachel Goswell and Christian Savill is shimmering, gauzy, dreamlike, and all the other usual words one would associate with shoegaze, but Slowdive’s material is a cut above the brief legion of ‘90s bands making ethereal guitar noises. The gorgeous dual vocals of Halstead and Goswell will outright envelop the listener, and their songs demonstrate a keen ear for pop songcraft, which continued to show through in the singers’ respective solo efforts and country-tinged side project Mojave 3. Slowdive’s 1993 LP Souvlaki
, recorded with assistance from Brian Eno, initially met with mixed reviews, but is now regarded as a masterpiece by many contemporary critics. Pygmalion
, recorded in 1995 before the group disbanded, found them stretching creatively into electronic and ambient music. Their self-titled fourth LP, released back in May after a 22-year absence, finds Slowdive still at the peak of their powers, and their music remains an aural kiss — both sensual and comforting.