Secret Shine, Untouched

Douglas Wolk

By Douglas Wolk

on 10.13.11 in Reviews

After My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless appeared in 1991, it spawned a little genre of its own. The Bristol band Secret Shine had been recording for a while already, but their first album, released in 1993, revealed them as enthusiastic converts: their old singer Jamie Gingell and new singer Kathryn Smith blended their voices like Kevin Shields and Bilinda Butcher’s, guitarists Scott and Dean Purnell pushed their sound into whirring, tone-bending overdrive, and their songs were suddenly all about fluidity and eroticism. Also worth seeking out: the “Loveblind” single, recorded at the same sessions (currently in print on the Gaol Ferry Bridge compilation).