While it is of course a matter of holy writ that Loveless is My Bloody Valentine’s classic, and one of the most influential records of all-time, it didn’t entirely come out of nowhere. Which is one of many reasons to not sleep on its predecessor, 1988’s Isn’t Anything.
After a few singles and EPs, Kevin Shields figured out his guitar shit, and My Bloody Valentine found a sound that wasn’t like anybody else’s. And in 1988 that sound freaked me the fuck out. What even was this?