Posts Tagged ‘everything else matters’

Pinkshinyultrablast at NPR

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Pinkshinyultrablast at Built on a Weak Spot

Wow, honestly didn’t know this band was still active, as Pinkshinyultrablastreleased an EP years ago and kind of disappeared after that. Seeing as how there has been an abundance of shoegaze bands reuniting recently, they probably chose the most opportune time to step back into the land of the living. Opener ofEverything Else Matters sounds like a sample from a Seefeel track before vaulting into the tried and true trademark of the genre, wall of distortion. Don’t get any ideas that the band sound like Scott Cortez’s Astrobrite project, that of which I’m guessing they are named after, unless I’m missing something here…in which case forgive me. There are some rather nice electronic flourishes/sequences that mix well with what they are doing and the faint female vocals are about as pleasant as could be. It’s been awhile since I’ve listened to their debut EP, but I recall it being much heavier and indebted to the typical MBV feedback sound than anything that is found here on Everything Else Matters…so at some point they’ve made a significant (and welcomed) shift towards a more focused dream-pop sound that somewhat reminds me of Pia Fraus. After such a layoff however, it’s certainly going to be a challenge gaining some traction and making a dent amongst of the slew of bands currently partaking in this “revival” of shoegaze…

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Pinkshinyultrablast at Porch Beer Club

Pinkshinyultrablast is this dreamy-sounding band from St. Petersburg Russia. It will be interesting to see what the album, Everything Else Matters sounds like. the trackUmi is promising.

It seems like if you are a fan of 90’s shoegaze or dig the sounds of bands like Wild Nothings or A Sunny Day In Glasgow, you would dig this for certain.

Pre-order the second pressing of their album Everything Else Matters on spattery-clear vinyl (?) via Shelflife Records.

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Pinkshinyultrablast at Bloodbuzzed

New year, new exciting proposals from Shelflife, folks. This time coming from Saint Petersburg, Russia, here’s a quintetformed in 2007, but their only release to date didn’t arrive until 2009, in the form of EP ‘Happy Songs For Happy Zombies‘, out via Odd Box Records. Luckily, the combo is alive and kicking, as the debut album ‘Everything Else Matters‘,   available since last week through Shelflife and ClubAC30 majestically proves.Gold shoegaze for shoegazing addicts, echoing Lush,Slowdive, Sabres of Paradise but also adding hints of dream-pop, the icy, otherworldly spirit of Cocteau Twins (get haunted by Lyubov’s voice) and glimpses of electronic. Indeed, an ultrablast.

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Pinkshinyultrablast at From Pop 2 Top

Russia’s dream pop/shoegaze band Pinkshinyultrablast have just released their debut album ‘Everything Else Matters’ on Club AC30 and Shelflife and it has already made our Best of 2015 list. ‘Holy Forest’ is the second single to have been released in late 2014 and it is utterly fresh and melodic. The music video for it was influenced by ‘Enter The Dragon’ and ‘Bloodsport’ movies and it is a tribute to martial arts. “The song itself is likely to compare with emotional and spiritual release that comes while having or afterwards combat. Turning the video on remember what Bruce Lee once said ‘Don’t think. Feel’.”

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Pinkshinyultrablast at Backseat Mafia

Lets introduce the band that is Pinkshinyultrablast,  Igor on bass, Lyubov with  vocals, Sergey on drums, Rustam providing synths and electronics and Roman on guitars. From Saint-Petersburg in Russia. This is their debut album entitled ‘everything else Matters’

If you were ducking in and out of Indie clubs in the 80′s and 90′s this will send shivers up your spine. Those nights of dancing under beams of the club lights, eyes closed spinning around or gazing down at your shoes while rhythmically swaying back and forth are encapsulated here. While their sound champions the likes of Lush and Ride it’s crossover into areas of electronic music bring a fresh and vibrant feel that’s up to date.

‘Wish we were’ is the first track on the album and sets it all in motion, whirling vocals echo on a bed of held synth notes to be then greeted with warm processed beats. An electronic bass line begins and you wonder what’s in store as the music gains momentum in its build. A guitar riff  cuts in and we’re off. Crashing drums, reverberating guitars and the hauntingly beautiful  floating vocals says one thing, welcome to Pinkshinyultrablast.

‘Holy forest’ follows and is the standout track for me, infectious guitar licks,  angelic vocals and soaring melodies give an emotional ride. Its a wind in your hair, driving down the freeway with not a care in the world Indie anthem.

Throughout the album the blend of transitions from heavy to light in the arrangements play well together and the vocals are used more as an instrument of emotion than the main focus which works to great effect. Pinkshinyultrablast say they wanted to bring some life back to the Indie scene, well I think they may have just done that,  and a little bit more. A debut well worth tracking down

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Pinkshinyultrablast at Big Takeover

St. Petersburg, Russia-based shoegazers, Pinkshinyultrablast, explode with a debut that is anything but derivative.

Everything Else Matters craftily blends My Bloody Valentine’s wall of sound withLush’s most atmospheric moments. Effects-laden guitars and keyboards create sonic arcs for ethereal vocals to float in a gentle current propelled by a virtuosic rhythm section. The songs burst and implode within mind-boggling song structures that allow the tracks to grow organically rather than merely show off talent. Shades of krautrock appear in pulsing passages and celestial electronics, further adding to their unpredictable nature. It’s the feeling of blasting into hyperspace while on a heavy dose of barbiturates.

Simultaneously light as a feather and heavy as dark matter, Pinkshinyultrablast have brazenly created an album that few artists can make the first time around. This is a band to watch in the future, folks, so keep your radar open.

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Pinkshinyultrablast at Bloodbuzzed

Pinkshinyultrablast. New year, new exciting proposals from Shelflife, folks. This time coming from Saint Petersburg, Russia, here’s a quintetformed in 2007, but their only release to date didn’t arrive until 2009, in the form of EP ‘Happy Songs For Happy Zombies‘, out via Odd Box Records. Luckily, the combo is alive and kicking, as the debut album ‘Everything Else Matters‘,   available since last week through Shelflife and ClubAC30 majestically proves.Gold shoegaze for shoegazing addicts, echoing Lush,Slowdive, Sabres of Paradise but also adding hints of dream-pop, the icy, otherworldly spirit of Cocteau Twins (get haunted by Lyubov’s voice) and glimpses of electronic. Indeed, an ultrablast.

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Pinkshinyultrablast at All Music

Working the revivalist angle can be a dicey proposition at best. It’s easy to fall into the realm of being a mere copycat with nothing new or interesting to add to the pre-existing template, and many artists do exactly that, with results that pale in comparison to the originals. Some try to update or modernize the sound and end up with the worst of both worlds. Best perhaps to just ingest your influences, buy the right gear, and play the hell out of your chosen style. That’s what the Russian shoegaze revivalistsPinkshinyultrablast do on their debut album, Everything Else Matters. They add a couple electronic bits here and there, but mostly they corral the effects pedals into an overloaded cloud of noise shot through with jagged bolts of melodic color and topped with magically ethereal vocals. It’s the albumSlowdive was too laid-back to make, Chapterhouse was too polite to make, and the Cocteau Twinswere too heavenly to make. It blends the best aspects of those bands (and a few others like MBV andRide, and especially the criminally underrated Nightblooms, at times) together into a wonderfully retro album that succeeds because it doesn’t approach shoegaze like some school project that has to be just so. They play and sing with a surplus of barely restrained energy that bursts into displays of thrilling noise, filling the speakers with sound and hearts with real, and not merely nostalgic, emotions.Everything Else Matters comes to life thanks to their sure-handed use of quiet-loud dynamics and their innate sense of when to take a song into the clouds in epic fashion and when to rein it in and make it inward-looking and sad. That almost any one of the songs could be lifted off the album, dropped into a 1991 mix, and sound perfectly at home speaks to both the power of the album, and the band’s take on what it means to be a shoegaze-inspired band two-decades-plus after the sound came to be. There are a lot of bands working this angle in the early 2010s; Pinkshinyultrablast is one of the best, and their debut album shows exactly why.

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Pinkshinyultrablast at Wondering Sound

The Russian group Pinkshinyultrablast are already garnering raves from the likes of the Guardian, the NME and BBC Radio, and all it takes is a few seconds of the radiant “Land’s End” to see why. The song is both beautiful and mysterious: filmy guitars form a mirage-like backdrop for Lyubov’s (one name only, thank you) drifting, ethereal vocals. It would be easy to name-check the Cocteau Twins, but there’s more drive and ballast to “Land’s End” than that group’s drifting lullabies. By the time the guitar woosh out full force at the halfway mark, it feels more like a wind turbine than a gentle spring breeze. “Land’s End” is a kaleidoscope of sound, ever-changing, always entrancing.

 

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