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My Bloody Valentine releases new album

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This post has been updated. Please see below for details.

A two-decade wait for a new album by My Bloody Valentine may be about to end.

"We are preparing to go live with the new album/website this evening," the influential band wrote on its Facebook page late Saturday. "We will make an announcement as soon as its up."

After revealing in December that the album -- My Bloody Valentine's first since "Loveless" in 1991 -- had been completed, frontman Kevin Shields told fans at a London concert this week that it could be released in a matter of days.

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In the late '80s, My Bloody Valentine spearheaded the so-called shoegaze scene with a series of highly distorted yet tenderly melodic recordings. The band dissolved while attempting to complete a follow-up to "Loveless," though it reunited in 2007, going on to play shows, including a 2008 gig at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, and a headlining slot at Coachella the next year.

Shields told England's NME in November that "with this [new] record, people who like us will immediately connect with something. Based on the very, very few people who've heard stuff -- some engineers, the band, and that's about it -- some people think it's stranger than 'Loveless.' I don't. I feel it really frees us up, and in the bigger picture it's 100 per cent necessary."

At press time the band's website appeared to be down.

[Updated Feb. 2 at 7:27 p.m.: An earlier version of this post misidentified My Bloody Valentine as British. The band was actually formed in Dublin, Ireland. Also, as of late Saturday, the new My Bloody Valentine album reportedly is available at the above website. However, the site remains crashed as of this writing, possibly due to a crush of visitors. We'll update as we hear more -- good luck, everyone.]

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