NOSTALGIA MY MUSE: My Bloody Valentine - You Made Me Realise
Before Loveless, My Bloody Valentine released a five-song EP by the name You Made Me Realise. Listening to this album is a spiritual experience. It inflicts a sense of uncertainty that is rare to find, but when it’s finally found, it’s almost impossible to decipher whether it’s an overwhelming feeling of joy or an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia and longing. Regardless, it’s a compelling piece of art that has the capacity to stretch the minds of listeners.
Since it was released in the late ’80s, You Made Me Realise is no longer being pressed on vinyl. Any copy currently being sold is priced at well over $100, meaning you’d basically be paying $25 per track, at the very least. This being said, it would be well worth every cent.
When listening to the release, it is necessary to take a deep breath before hitting the play button. As soon as you do, the pulsing guitar lines of the title track come bellowing through the speakers. It is the only way to start the album: with catastrophic and eardrum-destroying melodies that are so pertinent to My Bloody Valentine’s music. The track has been described as walking a fine line between experiencing “bliss and terror” - this goes without discrepancy. After Belinda Butcher and Kevin Shields simultaneously sing, “Wait for me because I waited for you / No that’s not what you should do / Don’t hate me ‘cause I don’t hate you,” they lead into the fuzz of the guitars cutting out, leaving them to sing the title of the track. This moment in the first chorus defines both bliss and terror flawlessly.
The second track is a change of pace, with the appropriate title of “Slow.” It offers relief after the opening track with simplistic vocals and a deep, low droning of the bass and guitars. By repeating the words “slow” and “smile” consistently after every phrase, MBV pretends that they can write an optimistic song.
My Bloody Valentine is an influential band within the genre of shoegaze; they prove why in every song they release through intricacies that are difficult to mimic. This is evident through the shrieking guitar that is distorted in just the right way during the halfway point of the album, “Thorn.” Also evident from this track, as well as in it’s precursor, is how MBV’s melodies sometimes suggest that a song is “happy.” However, once you focus on the lyrics, you realize it’s all a flawed perception.
“Cigarette In Your Bed” is one of the most underrated tracks within My Bloody Valentine’s discography; it is quintessential to defining the band. It’s hard to express how the song is perceived; it can only be felt. One afternoon when you are in a contemplative state and have some time to yourself (and access to a window), listen to this song. As you are sitting there looking out at the world, it will give you a whole new way of examining it and may even alter the perspective of yourself. It’s sheer brilliance.
After an exhausting journey of four, insightful tracks, “Drive It All Over Me” serves as an effortless conclusion: “Run run away run run away / ‘Cause there’s nothing left to say / Oh, the travel always gets me / Get in the car and drive it all over me.” The chorus aggregates the atmosphere of the entire album. Free your mind and find an escape; it is essential to devise a meaning. You Made Me Realise is sublime.