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You know where you are with Ringo Deathstarr. This lot peddle a brand of unabashed shoegaze revivalism so well-observed you feel like you’re back in the ‘90s. It shouldn’t surprise anybody, therefore, to hear that this is another LP of joyously fuzzy My Bloody Valentine/Slowdive/Swirlies/JAMC worship with more wibbly reverb-laden pop hooks than you can shake a stick at. There’s dreamy girl vocals and more forceful boy ones, and a kind of clattering enthusiasm that saves it from being pure pastiche and makes it seem like more of an affectionate tribute.
In places the wall of noise clatter does venture into A Place To Bury Strangers-esque gnarl-grooves, like in the pulsating ‘Waste’, and in the middle of the album they do take things down a notch into Spacemen 3-esque drift territory, and ‘Drag’ comes across like a queasy subaquatic Lush/Cocteau Twins hybrid, but then we’re headfirst back into familiar territory with the intro to ‘Fifteen’ dropping a drum groove lifted directly from the MBV vaults, although there’s some great overlapping vocal work later on which it’s very hard not to be charmed by, and towards the end 'Do You Wanna?' goes into Cloud Nothingsy post-grunge mode.
It’s hard to say they’re attempting anything particularly new here, but if you pine for the dreamy shoegaze fuzzpop of the ‘90s there’s a nonstop procession of drifty, distorted tones and sugary melodies for you to melt into on this LP.
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