A mere five months after Kevin Shields promised he was finishing a record he started in 1996, the My Bloody Valentine frontman has told NME (again!) that the thing will be out before the end of the year, giving him only a little over a month to make good on that promise. The long-awaited follow-up to the band’s 1991 classic Loveless won't be in stores, but rather only available via Shields’ website. Shields also it will precede another EP of more totally new recordings due sometime in 2013.
Shields also says that, “based on the very, very few people who’ve heard stuff,” the consensus is that the record is “stranger than Loveless"—though Shields doesn’t agree with that himself. Then again, this is a record that took 16 or so years to make, so what Kevin Shields thinks of it is probably a pretty hazy notion by now. At the very least, it's probably safe to say that no fan should wholeheartedly expect a worthy successor to Loveless, because that sort of wishful thinking very rarely pays off. Just ask Guns N’ Roses or The Stooges.