Now down to a three piece Pinkshinyultrablast release their third album Miserable Miracles. Previous long players Everything Else Matters and Grandfeathered saw the Russian band produce massive walls of hypnotic noise that mixed the shoegaze sounds of My Bloody Valentine with the full on riffage of Smashing Pumpkins, this new stripped down trio have now adopted a more crystalline synth pop sound so it'll be interesting to see if they can still cut the mustard.
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They just keep getting faster and faster and louder and louder and happier and happier and usually in this situation I’d say Something’s Gotta Give, but I’m not sure if anything in the world of Pinkshinyultrablast ever has to give. Now bypassing dream pop’s biggest and brightest band, A Sunny Day In Glasgow, this Russian shoegaze crew have given into the sparkly potential of their sound, one-upping the bombastic sheen of ‘Grandfeathered’ with a record that opens full throttle and goes on that way.
Have we played down how proggy Pinkshinyultrablast can sound? You know, aesthetically: sometimes they’ll just throw out a riff or synth bit that makes me think of prog. Often times they’ll go the other direction, shooting into a version of the dream pop cosmos where Cocteau Twins are playing grindcore. Guitars will oscillate and synths will sustain as drums thrash their way past cooed vocals and crystalline riffs and… phew. It is a lot to take in.
There is thrill in this glitz, and this record sees a few interesting arrangement choices on its way: some of the synthlines are just lovely, sounding off like video game level themes caught up in a band practice. The record feels, more than ever, like it’s deviating from songcraft; rather, the band are just moulding impressionistic slabs of sounds, the vocals hummed like hymns as lightning-fast riffs push in and out of proceedings like revolving doors. Their sound is construction without narrative, at this point, a wonderful mesh of texture and movement that will bowl you over before you have time to reply. But it's also worth noting that there are pitstops: like astronauts rushing through space and refuelling at stations, their songs will stop, dramatically, before teetering off the edge again. It's a welcome relief that keeps their sound thrilling; this may be a long way from the Pinkshinyultrablast of old, but there's a lovely, developed world to explore within.
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