Pinkshinyultrablast – Everything Else Matters // Album Review

pinkshinyClub AC30 – January 26th

Respect to this St Petersburg band for repurposing shoegaze from the Baltic’s eastern banks, and for their choice of name, which, although seemingly nonsensical, is weirdly illustrative of their art. Pinkshinyultrablast’s colourful emissions of propulsive space-rock source My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins and Stereolab for an astral soundscape whose bouncy, prog-funk beats are flooded with piercing guitar and jets of synth. Singer Lyubov’s soprano is so saturated with reverb it’s almost indiscernible, while the songs rely more on variants of heft and tempo than structural norms. These passages of distorted dreamery come together most satisfyingly during the banging metal crunch of ‘Glitter’, the unearthly baggy uplift of ‘Marigold’ and the terrific single ‘Umi’, which allows radiant harmony to shine through the tumult.

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