Few albums are responsible for creating a scene of sound-alike followers in the wake of their release. With its overpowering distortion, loud, riffing drones, and buried, unintelligible vocals erecting a wall of impenetrable sound around its dazzling, melancholy melodies, Dublin's My Bloody Valentine and its 1991 Loveless became a foundation for the shoegazing brand. 1990s acts such as Ride and Lush benefited from the tag at the time, and current bands including Sigur Ros, M83, and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart can be heard shoegazing from time to time.
The immense potency and importance of Loveless certainly was felt within MBV - guitarist/composer/mumbler Kevin Shields, breathy vocalist/guitarist Bilinda Butcher, and company - as the reclusive band did not release its highly orchestrated, sound-alike follow-up, m.b.v., until February 2013. That's a long time between drinks.