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Pinkshinyultrablast at Aimless Skylarking

At Aimless Skylarking, we’re not terribly concerned with traffic numbers. Sure, we love to see new bright and shiny curious faces having a look around the joint, but it’s not something we have much control over. Sure, we could do some marketing, but we do as much as we can already. This is a hobby after all, not a full time gig with paid benefits such as vacation time off or anything like that. With that said, while we’re not checking traffic numbers each day, when we have looked, we see lots of traffic coming from Russia.

We know little of Russia, just what we in the States have been told of the country during the Cold War. But since we’ve been sharing music here, we’ve made a few observations, synth driven music is big there, and they really like a band we’ve written about many times, the London based band Empathy Test. We can’t say that either are overly surprising, just fits that cold stereotype I guess. Anyway, maybe it’s time to bust up some of those stereotypes because we’ve been seeing lots of support for a Russian shoegaze band, the St. Petersburg based 5-piece Pinkshinyultrablast. They’re popping up on the big music websites over the past 6-8 weeks, and we can’t deny their charms any more. We’re suckers for good shoegaze, and Pinkshinyultrablast are making textbook shoegaze. After listening to the full album stream this week, we can already tell it will be a strong contender for album of the year at the Aimless headquarters. Perhaps the only shoegaze that could surpass it, in our eyes, would be a new effort from our eternal favorites, The Joy Formidable.

Pinkshinyultrablast are Igor – bass, Lyubov – vocals, Sergey – drums, Rustam – synths and electronics, and Roman – guitars. Their debut album Everything Else Matters is set for a January 26 release via Club AC30 Records in the UK and Shelflife Records in the States. Stream the lead single below, ‘Holy Forest’, it’s our Song of the Day!

Click through for the track stream.

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Luxembourg Signal at Aimless Skylarking

Truth be told, I started Aimless Skylarking mainly as a way to get photo passes. Since I was going to lots of gigs, combining music and my photography hobby just made sense to me. After buying tickets and sorting out arrangements, I’d contact the artist/band or their press agent and request a photo pass with an offer of a few free photos for social media while I built my portfolio. I heard lots of no’s along the way though, which was no big deal to me. You can’t hear a no if you don’t ask.

Anyway, over the course of my first year here, Aimless Skylarking has morphed in to something I wasn’t entirely prepared to handle. Now I am overwhelmed with e-mail and messages from artists and publicists requesting reviews or inclusion of their material on Aimless Skylarking. Believe me, it is a good problem to have considering the email inbox was old Mother Hubbard bare those first few months. But it also means I am behind. And I am fine with that, speediness doesn’t mix well with my aimless and skylarking personality. Besides, I like to think that popping in a few weeks after the press buzz of a hot new single is just as beneficial. Today’s Song of the Day is one of those cases.

The Luxembourg Signal’s press agent sent me their debut LP going on two months back, and I’m just now getting around to writing about their lead track, ‘Distant Drive’. The band features members who have been playing together for years as part of several different bands — Johnny Joyner, Beth Arzy and Brian Espinosa started The Luxembourg Signal with Betsy Moyer and Ginny Pitchford. Their debut LP is out now on Shelflife Records, 10 perfectly crafted pop songs in all. I want more!

‘Distant Drive’ is a cool summer night dreamy shoegazy pop masterpiece, stream it below, it’s the Song of the Day!

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