Tremolo (EP)

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Tremolo E.P.
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Released20 February 1991
RecordedMay 1990–January 1991
LabelCreation Records (CRE085)
ProducerMy Bloody Valentine
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Tremolo E.P. is an extended play by My Bloody Valentine, released in February 1991 by Creation Records. The EP was a critical success and topped the UK Indie Chart.[1] It featured the single "To Here Knows When", which subsequently appeared (in a different mix) on the band's second album Loveless.


The EP featured the band more heavily utilising samplers, which allowed them to play back sounds on keyboard.[2] Sampled sounds include guitar feedback, vocals, a BBC stock sound effects recording to create a low-end effect on "To Here Knows When",[3] and a Turkish belly dancing track ripped from cassette on the track "Swallow".[2] The title is a reference to the band's heavy usage of guitar tremolo and vibrato to create blurred, dreamlike tones (Kevin Shields' method of strumming chords while simultaneously bending his guitar's tremolo/whammy bar was referred to as "glide guitar").

In November 1991, Shields commented: "Tremolo had seven tracks on it, but you're not allowed to do that, so we called it four tracks and didn't name three of them. People just thought they were weird bits!"[4] The lead track, "To Here Knows When", has a longer and more ethereal coda—essentially constituting a separate song—than the version later included on the album Loveless. "Swallow" and "Honey Power" also each contain an instrumental coda. All three segues/codas feature backwards guitar loops and heavy reverb.

Videos were filmed for the songs "Swallow" and "To Here Knows When" under the direction of Angus Cameron.

Track listing[]

All tracks are written by Kevin Shields except where noted.

7-inch (CRE 085)
1."To Here Knows When"Bilinda Butcher, Shields4:44
2."Swallow" 3:39
12-inch (CRE 085T)
1."To Here Knows When" (plus instrumental coda)Bilinda Butcher, Shields5:46
2."Swallow" (plus instrumental coda) 4:52
3."Honey Power" (plus coda)Butcher, Shields4:35
4."Moon Song" 3:23
  • Also issued as a CD (CRESCD085)


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  1. ^ "Indie Charts: 2 March 1991". The ITV Chart Show. 2 March 1991. ITV.
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b Parkes, Taylor. ""Not Doing Things Is Soul Destroying" - Kevin Shields of MBV Interviewed". The Quietus. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  3. ^ Tapeop
  4. ^ "World War Skreeeee!". My Bloody Valentine: To Here Knows Web. 9 November 1991. Archived from the original on 16 May 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  5. ^ Tischler, Eric. 2001. My Bloody Valentine: Song-by-song with Kevin Shields. [ONLINE] Available at: [Retrieved 30 March 2017].
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