NOTE! SOLD OUT. ¬†THIRD VARIANT “ACID LOLLYPOP” AVALABLE HERE!
2015 has been¬†a great year for Shoegaze indeed! With reunions and albums by¬†originators like Ride, Swervedriver,¬†Flying Saucer Attack (+ news of a 2016 Lush reappearance)¬†and¬†new releases¬†by contemporary masters Ringo Deathstarr¬†and¬†The Radio Dept. as well as tons of new acts surfacing, I’d say it’s pretty safe to say that the scene is¬†as viral as ever since the glory days of the 90’s,
The most exciting new¬†release¬†for me¬†this year however, came¬†from¬†St. Petersburg-based¬†Pinkshinyultrablast¬†with their debut-album¬†“Everything Else Matters” via UK-based label Club AC30 back in January this year. This Russian¬†bunch¬†presented a take on¬†the classic recipe of the genre without settling for¬†the confinements of it, stretching the boundaries of both¬†sound and structure with a fresh and exciting outcome. ¬† Waves of guitars and layers of synth-wizardry gets thrown back and forth while playing with beats and basslines through complex (almost progressive) arrangements that opens¬†up room for playing around in the compositions.¬†All of this¬†topped by¬†etheric female vocals¬†and¬†rolled up in a most inspired¬†way!¬†This masterpiece¬†gathered rave reviews all over and sold out 3¬†pressings on Vinyl in a jiffy.. ¬†Truly essential listening if you’re fond of shoegaze/dreampop/indie!
Club AC30 has now¬†opened up pre-orders for their sophomore album “Grandfeathered”, which is due for release on¬†February 26th.¬†¬†Be sure to check out the two tracks¬†available¬†this far underneath!¬†¬†¬†Very, VERY¬†excited about this one..
As always Club AC30 delivers the premium wax (180g) and sturdy, thick jackets! Trust me, this is a package you don’t wanna miss out on.
Pinkshinyultrablast - Grandfeathered AC3013011/2
‚ÄėGrandfeathered‚Äô is a more experimental listen compared with the debut album 'Everything Else Matters', it‚Äôs the sound of a band unafraid to try new things and embrace those fine lines between visceral noise and restrained subtlety. The band saying of the new sound ‚ÄúThe new album has been recorded and mixed much faster than the previous one. The songs have more density to them and are generally more complex.‚ÄĚ
Recent single ‚ÄėKiddy Pool Dreams‚Äô features on the album. Described by Stereogum as ‚ÄúA flashback to the glory days of ‚Äô90s alt-rock, which builds into thundering instrumental interludes. In between are trickling synths and echoing vocals backed by a rhythmic danceable guitar.‚ÄĚ
If that single offers a glimpse of what to expect from the rest of the record, it‚Äôs only the smallest of hints ‚Äď this is an album that consistently demonstrates diversity and eclectic ambition. Influences on this record certainly suggest a new direction for the band, Lyubov claiming ‚ÄúHardcore, metal and afrobeat‚ÄĚ were all instrumental in its formation.
The album is released on February 26th 2016, and all physical copies will ship approximately one week prior to this. Vinyl copies will also come with a download coupon & code, and will unlock on the release date.
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive