My Bloody Valentine - Only Tomorrow

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This is the song from the new album which hits me hardest on first listen. To me it sounds like something like a missing link in between Isn't Anything and Loveless. The raw guitar is very prominent here, the riff is massive and very heavy. And at the same time the feedback and the tremolo mutates this tightly woven texture of guitar noise into a flying carpet taking off for the sweet, heavenly tunes of outer space. Where indie rock meets heavy metal meets dream pop. All this does not sound very new but it sounds like MBV in top form and that's much more than I ever expected.

miesepeter (alex in mainhattan), Sunday, 3 February 2013 17:03 (four years ago) Permalink

they have a new album out?

christmas candy bar (al leong), Sunday, 3 February 2013 17:20 (four years ago) Permalink

Fuck if I know.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 3 February 2013 17:22 (four years ago) Permalink

this is my favorite too

a permanent mental health break (difficult listening hour), Sunday, 3 February 2013 17:23 (four years ago) Permalink

(+ "in another way")

a permanent mental health break (difficult listening hour), Sunday, 3 February 2013 17:23 (four years ago) Permalink

Just posted this in the other MBV thread... "kind of reminds me of Medicine." Not in a bad way. I love Medicine. I love that sound that zooms around this song. Whatever that sound is. Great song.

afriendlypioneer, Sunday, 3 February 2013 17:37 (four years ago) Permalink

amazing how the distortion melts that guitar riff, stripping it from its aggressive power and just leaving the beautiful essence of it. there is some yang-yin transformation going on here. xp.

miesepeter (alex in mainhattan), Sunday, 3 February 2013 17:40 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah, this song is phenomenal. It's like, soaring and rolling on the ground at the same time.

jim, Sunday, 3 February 2013 17:43 (four years ago) Permalink

the more, the deeper i listen to this, the more i am floored. this is mbv grand cru, here they have perfected their sound shaping. this may well be the best thing they have ever done. how well this (kind of cheap) siren sound works here, it really transports the listener through a wormhole into another world. and bilinda's vocals are phantastic as well of course. and the ripe tune is like an old vintage porto who has lost all the colour and most of the sugar to become pure essence. what do you think?

miesepeter (alex in mainhattan), Sunday, 3 February 2013 21:02 (four years ago) Permalink

that's a great post. This is a great song - the one that I loved most on first listening. Great day all round.

kraudive, Sunday, 3 February 2013 21:28 (four years ago) Permalink

great song, because of it's second part

nostormo, Sunday, 3 February 2013 21:30 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah it's amazing but IAW and W2 are even better for me!

imago, Sunday, 3 February 2013 21:31 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah, OT is the colsest thing to a "hit", but there are better songs (like IAW) here

nostormo, Sunday, 3 February 2013 21:38 (four years ago) Permalink

closest

nostormo, Sunday, 3 February 2013 21:38 (four years ago) Permalink

i haven't listened to "in another way" yet, i am just rectifying that. most of it is quite different from the classical mbv sound, not sure if it is better. it's quite exciting, that's for sure. the bagpipe sound is a little off-putting (cheesy) but still it's good.

miesepeter (alex in mainhattan), Sunday, 3 February 2013 21:45 (four years ago) Permalink

"only tomorrow" is really striking, especially in sequence, because "she found now" sounds pretty much like a Loveless outtake to me - or continuing along in that vein, anyway. But "only tomorrow" feels like it brings back some of the isn't anything bite/snarl - in the drums, in the rhythmic movement - and the opening onto that low solo, pretty unexpected register there, graduating into that siren - the song has a lot more development than I generally associate with MBV.

available for sporting events (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Sunday, 3 February 2013 22:45 (four years ago) Permalink

mbv grand cru

I love the shit out of this phrase <3

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 3 February 2013 23:01 (four years ago) Permalink

are we gonna have another 8 threads for every song on the album

( ͡° ͜ʖ͡°) (sic), Sunday, 3 February 2013 23:01 (four years ago) Permalink

we're campaigning for a whole new invite-only board for the album actually. board's called Chairman Meow - Best Cat Name?

available for sporting events (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Sunday, 3 February 2013 23:03 (four years ago) Permalink

some more on this truly exceptional song:

- with 6 minutes 22 seconds it's the longest track of the album
- and i think it is the most varied one as well, there is so much happening here, there are at least four distinct parts.
- i can't decide which is my favourite bit
- either the minute in between 1'30" and 2'30" where the guitar crumbles to pieces in distortion. it unveils a beauty behind the superficial beauty of the riff, something deeper, this may sound pathetic but i think it is the beauty of destruction or maybe of metamorphosis, it's extremely powerful
- or the fourth part starting at about 3'30'' where a second (in comparison to the fuzzy one almost acoustic sounding) guitar appears with a new sweet and totally existential melancholic tune, that's it, BLISS
- actually in those 382 seconds you could fit a lifetime, right now if someone said i had 382 secs to live i would put my ear plugs on and hit play on this song
- when i try to listen to the whole album in the original sequencing i always want to go back to song 2, i have difficulties not to skip back, that's something that didn't happen to loveless

miesepeter (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 4 February 2013 19:12 (four years ago) Permalink

This song is definitely my favorite, and otm on going back to this one all the time. Can't wait to blast this one in the car.

global tetrahedron, Monday, 4 February 2013 20:02 (four years ago) Permalink

I'll say, I think this is the strongest song on the front half of the album, but that the last 4 songs > the first 5, which puts extra weight on this one to my ear

available for sporting events (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Monday, 4 February 2013 20:06 (four years ago) Permalink

It's the outro that makes this track for me.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Monday, 4 February 2013 20:06 (four years ago) Permalink

and now for the lyrics. i have no clue what bilinda is singing, this is what i hear or what i want to hear, it doesn't make a lot sense of course:

into the park
we walk around you
into the heart
which we are
i get your ma
did not come true, see
watching that blue
it's beyond
watching the mug
that i was you, too
holding the crown
it is lonely heart.

(that really is awful, can someone try to correct that? i also have the feeling she doesn't sing the same in the second half)

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 4 February 2013 21:28 (four years ago) Permalink

In my experience, transcribing MBV lyrics is an exercise in frustration and disappointment

flamboyant goon tie included, Monday, 4 February 2013 21:54 (four years ago) Permalink

The lyrics are deliberately obscure; Shields joked that he once considered rating various attempts to decipher the words on the band's website according to a percentage of accuracy.[38]

❏❐❑❒ (gr8080), Monday, 4 February 2013 21:54 (four years ago) Permalink

i don't care if they are useless, i just would like to deciper them. they are part of the music, it doesn't matter what the band thinks of them.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 4 February 2013 21:57 (four years ago) Permalink

I get your ma

available for sporting events (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Monday, 4 February 2013 22:05 (four years ago) Permalink

watching the mug

djembe v (electricsound), Monday, 4 February 2013 22:36 (four years ago) Permalink

uncovering one of the great mysteries of life, the mug.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 4 February 2013 22:49 (four years ago) Permalink

New genre alert: Muggaze.

Look out, Nightbus.

Cheeba McEntire, Monday, 4 February 2013 23:30 (four years ago) Permalink

brewgaze more like

Jaap and roids (NickB), Monday, 4 February 2013 23:40 (four years ago) Permalink

"watching the mug" is cracking me the fuck up.

Manti and the Catfish (Trayce), Monday, 4 February 2013 23:49 (four years ago) Permalink

have listened again and it is so not "watching the mug". don't be ridiculous. it's "what's in the mug" and then "holding the cup" a couple of lines later. total hot beverage vibes, fuck yeah

Jaap and roids (NickB), Monday, 4 February 2013 23:54 (four years ago) Permalink

MBV drink Cupid's Cum from a coffee cup in their lyrical world.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 00:09 (four years ago) Permalink

my bloody ovaltine

Jaap and roids (NickB), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 00:11 (four years ago) Permalink

:D

imago, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 00:13 (four years ago) Permalink

Now I can only think of "Cupid Come" as having the line "come back down I'm waiting here/lit me with your farts"

I HAVE RUINED THE SONG FOR MYSELF.

Manti and the Catfish (Trayce), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 00:17 (four years ago) Permalink

THAT DISTORTION IS MELTING MY FACE

☕ (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 04:20 (four years ago) Permalink

this song rules so hard

manti 乒乓 (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 6 February 2013 04:41 (four years ago) Permalink

isn't the best about this song and the rest of the album that it catapults us back in the early nineties when loveless was released and it changed our way of listening to music? there is this strong nostalgic factor when i listen to mbv. the happiness that they have finally succeeded in making another album. and an album which is on par with loveless. it doesn't sound like an album made last year, it sounds like mid nineties. and that is even greater as most of the music i love has been made around 1990. but the way they use guitar distortion on this song seems new for them. they exchanged the uniform melodic hoover in reverse gear sound for the guitar distortion which seems to blast into all directions. there is something happening on this somg which didn't happen in mbv's music before. i wrote it upthread, i think i'd call it the beauty of destruction, or maybe less dramatic, the beauty of dissolution.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 7 February 2013 21:32 (four years ago) Permalink

i am baffled about the total lack of interesting words about this song. i think it deserves more than that. as if it's power has intimidated all of you. very weird. if we made a best song on m b v poll now, which one would win?

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 8 February 2013 21:58 (four years ago) Permalink

Not answering. Too intimidated.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 8 February 2013 22:30 (four years ago) Permalink

i posted something brilliant about this song, but i put it on a different messageboard with higher standards

Z S, Friday, 8 February 2013 22:31 (four years ago) Permalink

Well, its ultimately rubbish.

There are better songs and sounds that deserve more.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 8 February 2013 22:35 (four years ago) Permalink

i have something really good to say but its about "who sees you" so i'm going to wait until alex starts a thread for that song

❏❐❑❒ (gr8080), Friday, 8 February 2013 22:36 (four years ago) Permalink

this sounds so lovely on the 24/96 wav, even with my shitty computer speakers.

johnny hit and run paul lynde (get bent), Friday, 8 February 2013 22:37 (four years ago) Permalink

I say that as someone who liked it a lot but got a sinking feeling at the same time. A strange experience.

Might have worked better as an extra track on that EP compilation.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 8 February 2013 22:40 (four years ago) Permalink

lovely is not an adjective i would associate with this song. the guitar sound is abrasive, the riff is grim and relentless. bilinda butcher's elf-like singing though is a very nice contrast here. it is like heaven juxtaposed to the hell of the raw, distorted guitar.

concerning the sequencing to me it also seems strange to put the ultimate, outstanding song at the second place, it overshadows the rest of the album. loveless for me had the peak in the middle, "when you sleep". for others the closer "soon" was the climax.

actually the pf review of this track is the most interesting i have read about it yet, it does not succeed in explaining all the magic of it. the sentence about bilinda butchers's voice morphing into an ascending quasar comes close though. that is when the siren comes in in between the different song parts.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 9 February 2013 09:26 (four years ago) Permalink

the guitar tracks in this song have the wooliest, best sounding distortion

rocky dennis horror show (Pillbox), Sunday, 10 February 2013 16:25 (four years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Has anyone typed about the lead guitar melody that comes in for the last half of the track, though?

It's that element of this song that really makes it special for me, in terms of how that guitar line threads through the chords that the tune has been cycling through the whole time, but puts things all slightly askew, too, somehow. Really beautiful/catchy melodic soloing.

BISH HOOS aka the teendrimer (Craig D.), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 01:22 (three years ago) Permalink

In other words, what Alex was getting at with

"the fourth part starting at about 3'30'' where a second (in comparison to the fuzzy one almost acoustic sounding) guitar appears with a new sweet and totally existential melancholic tune, that's it, BLISS"

BISH HOOS aka the teendrimer (Craig D.), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 01:24 (three years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

this is still the song i have listened to most this year, i love to hear it in the airplane on the one hour flight from berlin to frankfurt and back. how the fuzzy guitar tone turns into this extraterrestrian beauty of a melody still leaves me completely speechless. it's like a mosaic broken into millions of pieces which are brought back into their original position by a miracle and the fragmented piece is even more beautiful than the original oeuvre.

here is what kevin shields had to say about the song in an interview with pf:

In putting out the new record, do you feel like it allowed you to move forward as a musician?
Definitely. It closed a loop in time; it resolved or something. "Only Tomorrow," the vocal melodies, even though I didn't record them on tape, I always had those melodies in my head, changing and shifting a bit over time. But they were something that always stayed with me. And I always had something in the back of my head to finish that. But I always thought I should record a proper new record first and stick that on there.

somehow it makes sense that this song was a tune in his head for a long time before it finally was recorded. actually i am quite astonished that he was able to transfer this amazing music from his head onto record.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 19 August 2013 19:16 (three years ago) Permalink

This is far and away my favorite song on the album.

OH MY GOD HE'S OOGLY (DJP), Monday, 19 August 2013 19:26 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah great description Alex, you pretty much nailed it's awesomeness

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 19 August 2013 20:01 (three years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

somehow this song - which was my fave from 2013 - sounds so shit on speakers i can't believe it. i always listened to it on earplugs all year long but now i am listening to it at home on the stereo. and the whole thing sounds so muddy, so low quality, so crap. is this maybe a song which has to be listened to on your own, a headphone track? listened to in the right circumstances it is a mind-fucker, that's for sure.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 1 February 2014 22:19 (three years ago) Permalink

huh the whole cd sounds great on my stereo

brimstead, Saturday, 1 February 2014 22:47 (three years ago) Permalink

maybe it's my stereo then.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 1 February 2014 22:54 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah, get better speakers / amp / CD player.

the drummer is a monster (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 1 February 2014 22:55 (three years ago) Permalink

speakers are from the uk, celestion. amp is an old jvc. maybe it is the ipod. but somehow i don't believe it. does mbv sound better than loveless on your stereo nick?

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 1 February 2014 23:01 (three years ago) Permalink

because loveless already had this terrible wishy-washy sound.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 1 February 2014 23:05 (three years ago) Permalink

i haven,t heard the loveless reissue yet, but wrt the Isn't Anything reissue, i was really impressed by how much more defined and 'thick' the guitars were. it reminds me of the mobile fidelity issue of nevermind.

nothing a reincarnated ronnie james dio couldn't fix (brimstead), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 22:43 (three years ago) Permalink


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