I’m sure for the vast majority of readers the answer will be no! It would have been for me a week ago. I was listening to BBC Radio 6 Music late one night as I made myself some lunch for the next day at work (my new habit – saves a lot of money and is much nicer). 6 Music has a series where some of their DJs play an hour of their favourites of the moment. This one was by Lauren Laverne, who is great, though I rarely hear her show, as it is on from 10am on weekdays. Her whole selection was excellent; but towards the end this track came on which sounded immense. It was from a band called pinkshinyultrablast, from St Petersburg, Russia.
The track was “Wish We Were” and it was off their album “Everything Else Matters”, which was released earlier this year. I was getting Cocteau Twins meets The Horrors from the sound, and that was an intriguing combination. Lauren declared it her favourite album of the year so far. That was good enough for me. I downloaded it the other night and yeah, I love it. It’s all atmosphere, riffs and beats. Not that many songs. Sigur Ros might be another reference point, along with the so called shoegaze bands of the 1990s, like Ride. Blimey, there’s even a bit of U2 in there!
I like it.
Here’s a YouTube clip of “Wish We Were”. If you like this, get the album. Otherwise steer well clear!