15 Great Albums You Didn't Hear in 2016

Rolling Stone critics choose LPs that flew under the radar

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Pinkshinyultrablast, 'Grandfeathered'

Pinkshinyultrablast, 'Grandfeathered'

In Russian noise-pop outfit Pinkshinyultrablast, crashing drums, wildly feeding-back guitars and the luminous presence of vocalist Lyubov Soloveva come together on songs that double as treasure hunts for delightful sounds. On the dizzying "I Catch You Napping" and the breakneck "The Cherry Pit," Pinkshinyultrablast combine shoegaze's tendencies toward piling on the distortion with twee pop's heavenly melodies, with the occasional detail – a ping-ponging bass line, a chiming guitar riff – poking its head amidst the frenzy. Offerings like the precipice-dangling "Mölkky" and the glittering "Kiddy Pool Dreams" take the band's kitchen-sink approach in thrillingly unexpected directions. Maura Johnston

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