Of my favorite bands of the 2010s, the Russian quintet Pinkshinyultrablast started out doing, so to speak, a more ‘root’ shoegaze (laughs), and then add whatever ingredients came to mind to the original formula.
From flirting with electronics and several noisy experiments to a more pop and friendly sound, the group has been using the gazer/dream pop recipe as a creation base over the last decade and a half, to pour its different influences over it and shape it. to your music.
And so it is when listening Grandfeatheredfrom 2016, where it is possible to notice – with the exception of “Initial”, the disc’s ‘sweet’ opening – that there the band decided to show its more aggressive, heavy and complex side, which in a crude but direct way means references to metal, prog and kraut rock, flavors you don’t get too often in shoegaze broth (don’t even think about Deafheaven or Alcest, maybe a glimpse is the right thing to do). Faith Healersalthough my comparisons tend to be inaccurate).
But regardless of the abrasiveness or the more intricate structures, the album has a face by Pinkshinyultrablast, much – but not only – by the unmistakable voice of Lyubov Soloveva. And achieving this malleability, always expanding and stretching its own limits without losing its identity and maintaining its watermark, is something for few.
Listen on the stalk!