Tremolo (EP)

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Tremolo
EP by My Bloody Valentine
Released 20 February 1991
Recorded November 1990
Genre Shoegazing
Length 18:43
Label Creation Records (CRE085)
Producer My Bloody Valentine
My Bloody Valentine chronology
Glider
(1990)
Tremolo
(1991)
Loveless
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau A− link

Tremolo is an EP by My Bloody Valentine, released in February 1991 by Creation Records. The title is a reference to the band's heavy usage of guitar tremolo and vibrato to create blurred, dreamlike tones. (Kevin Shields' method of strumming chords while simultaneously bending his guitar's tremolo/ whammy bar was referred to as "glide guitar.")

The lead track, "To Here Knows When", has a longer and more ethereal coda—essentially constituting a separate song—than the version later included on the album Loveless. "Swallow" also has an instrumental coda; "Honey Power" has one with wordless "ooh and ahh" vocalizing by Bilinda Butcher. All three segues/codas feature backwards guitar loops and heavy reverb. In Nov. 1991, Shields commented:

"Tremolo had seven tracks on it, but you're not allowed to do that, so we called it four tracks and didn't name three of them. People just thought they were weird bits!"[1]

The cover art was also used as one of the band's most popular t-shirt designs.

Videos were filmed for the songs "Swallow" and "To Here Knows When" under the direction of Angus Cameron.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Kevin Shields except where noted. 

7-inch (CRE 085)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "To Here Knows When"   Bilinda Butcher, Shields 4:44
2. "Swallow"     3:39
12-inch (CRE 085T)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "To Here Knows When" (plus instrumental coda) Bilinda Butcher, Shields 5:46
2. "Swallow" (plus instrumental coda)   4:52
3. "Honey Power" (plus coda) Butcher, Shields 4:35
4. "Moon Song"     3:23
  • Also issued as a CD (CRESCD085)

Personnel[edit]

My Bloody Valentine
Technical personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World War Skreeeee!". My Bloody Valentine: To Here Knows Web. 9 November 1991. Retrieved 30 September 2012.