ringo deathstarr Pure Mood (CD, £10.95)label: Club AC30
"Ringo Deathstarr kick fucking ass" VICE. "This Texan noise-pop gang make a thrilling racket" NME. "Guitars drenched in reverb and effects, Ringo Deathstarr know their way around a catchy pop melody" THE GUARDIAN. Texan shoegaze pioneers Ringo Deathstarr return with their fifth studio album. The aptly named opening track 'Dream Again' is sung by bassist G.G Alex, whose delicate voice echoes eerily over the spectral, otherworldly chords that pluck underneath. 'Heavy Metal Suicide' & 'Stare At The Sun' contain the same cathartic droning that has been previously celebrated by genre forefathers, My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive. Tracks like 'Never' and 'Boys In Heat' plunge the band and listener alike deep into the uncharted sonic depths of unadulterated, decadent sound. Elliott Frazer's vocals accentuate the eruption of noise behind his anthemic lyrics, dipping in and out of brief moments of clarity before bursting back into the manic grit of songs like 'Big Bopper' and 'Frisbee'. There's a daring clash of fury and fragility throughout 'Pure Mood' that demonstrates Ringo Deathstarr are not just reliving a scene, they're reinventing it with their shattering use of chaotic guitars and haunting voices. 'Pure Mood' is a complex thrill-ride that's seeped in fervent shoegaze and lingering lyricism, proving Ringo Deathstarr are the torch-bearers of the movement and continue to contort and mutate into something beautiful.
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