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Pitchfork Music Festival 2014: 10 Most Memorable Sets + Photos

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04. Slowdive

Slowdive

Slowdive’s winning Sunday evening set was also their first North American show in over 20 years, and to those who waited, it was well worth it. The English shoegazers led by Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell played cuts from their three ’90s albums Just for a Day, Souvlaki, and Pygmalion. While they weren’t much to watch, the sound was cinematic, full-bodied, and enveloping. Apart from Beck, it was the best live mix of the weekend, with each feedback-laden guitar part, especially on “Souvlaki Space Station” and “Crazy for You”, finding the right balance between noisy and beautiful. “Alison” and “Machine Gun” were also highlights, with Goswell and Halstead’s voices dreamy and airy. The set ended with a cover of Syd Barrett’s “Golden Hair”, which the band recorded in 1991. It was patient but fulfilling listening, and despite playing the stage just graced by ScHoolboy Q and having a sizable number of festivalgoers not know who they are (call it the “Giorgio Moroder effect”), Slowdive were unequivocally excellent. – Josh Terry

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