"What took you so long?" has been a question regularly levelled at Kevin Shields, and now Pitchfork's Marc Hogan has done it again - though this time it's not in reference to a long-overdue My Bloody Valentine record but to his collaboration with ambient nut and fellow studio boffin Brian Eno. 'Only Once Away My Son' doesn't go anywhere very fast over the course of its nine minutes, but its drones, howls and jingles will be lapped up by fans of either artist.
Arguably more surprising is the revelation that Simon Raymonde, formerly of Cocteau Twins, is set to release his first new music in two decades. Rather than engaging the services of former bandmate Liz Fraser, though, he and drummer Richie Thomas - who are calling themselves Lost Horizons - opted to collaborate with a different vocalist for every track of their debut album Ojala, due out on Raymonde's own superb label Bella Union on 3rd November. The first taster of the project has come in the form of 'I Saw The Days Go By' featuring none other than SWSL favourite Marissa Nadler. If the rest is as good as this, then we're in for a real treat.