Sounds Like: A quickly-shifting dream full of bright lights and saturated colors
For Fans of: A Sunny Day in Glasgow, My Bloody Valentine, Swirlies
Why You Should Pay Attention: Hailing from St. Petersburg, Russia, Pinkshinyultrablast planted a flag for Russian shoegaze when they released their first EP in 2009. After a years-long hiatus, the band has roared back to life, releasing the expansive Everything Else Matters last year and putting together Grandfeathered for release this month. The band's heady blend of blown-out guitars and sugary melodies hits a shoegaze sweet spot that only becomes more satisfying on repeated listens, which tease out the detailed arrangements lurking underneath the heavy distortion. And they're already working on their next record, which will likely bring forward the electronics that make their sound so vital.
They Say: "It's curious to me how different words work together, and how different associations and images work together in a song," says vocalist Lyubov Soloveva. "There are a lot of nonsensical associations that come together — it's like that moment when you wake up and you don't realize what's a part of your dream, and what's part of the next morning. That's the moment I've been wanting to explore on [Grandfeathered]; it gives me more room to be playful."
Hear for Yourself: On the swirling "The Cherry Pit," bouncing basslines and shards of guitar blossom into glorious noise. Maura Johnston