Have You Heard? – (60) pinkshinyultrablast

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!

About John S

I'm blogging about the things I love: music, sport, culture, London, with some photos to illustrate aspects of our wonderful city. I’ve written a novel called “The Decision”, a futuristic political thriller, and first of a trilogy. I’m also the author of a book on music since the 1970s called “ I Was There - A Musical Journey” and a volume of poetry about youth, “Growin’ Up - Snapshots/ Fragments”. All available on Amazon and Kindle.
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6 Responses to Have You Heard? – (60) pinkshinyultrablast

  1. DyingNote says:

    Oh, niiice! The Youtube video doesn’t work but I found the band’s songs on Soundcloud. Thanks.

    • DyingNote says:

      I’ve been listening to a lot of this kind of music – post-rock, ambient, shoegaze whatever one chooses to call it – these days. Some excellent music produced by a few bands here in India – Space Behind The Yellow Room, Until We Last, As We Keep Searching. I really should get around to writing about them.

      You might enjoy these and this fantastic Irish band As I Watch You From Afar (the name seems to give away the genre these bands play). I saw them live end of 2013 – great stuff.

      • John S says:

        Sorry the video didn’t play. It does on my computer! Thanks for the tips – will check out. Not sure why I haven’t heard As I Watch You From Afar. Guess some things just slip under the radar.

  2. Resa says:

    Sounds interesting! I’ll head over to YouTube for a listen. It is not available to me here.

  3. DyingNote says:

    That video probably has region restrictions. Anyway, there’s Soundcloud.

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