Tremolo (EP)

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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
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Tremolo is an extended play by My Bloody Valentine, released in February 1991 by Creation Records. The EP was a critical success and topped the UK Indie Chart.[1] It featured the single "To Here Knows When," which later appeared on the band's forthcoming second album Loveless in an alternate mix.


The EP featured the band more heavily utilising samplers, which allowed them to play back sounds on keyboard.[2] Sampled sounds include guitar feedback, vocals, and a Turkish belly dancing track ripped from cassette on the track “Swallow.”[2] 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").

In November 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!"[3] 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" and "Honey Power" also each contain an instrumental coda. All three segues/codas feature backwards guitar loops and heavy reverb.

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 tracks written 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)


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  1. ^ "Indie Charts: 2 March 1991". The ITV Chart Show. 2 March 1991. ITV. 
  2. ^ a b Parkes, Taylor. ""Not Doing Things Is Soul Destroying" - Kevin Shields Of MBV Interviewed". The Quietus. Retrieved 7 January 2018. 
  3. ^ "World War Skreeeee!". My Bloody Valentine: To Here Knows Web. 9 November 1991. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Tischler, Eric. 2001. My Bloody Valentine: Song-by-song with Kevin Shields. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 30 March 2017].