Review Summary: Happy, but not ecstatic.
There isn't too much to know about PINKSHINYULTRABLAST; the band is named after an album released by shoegaze "supergroup" Astrobite, and released their début effort in 2009. They are Russian and they offer everything one would expect from gaze. This release is the same old song that has been sung dozens of times; boy/girl meets shoe-gaze, shoe-gaze carries them away on some clouds, they are sufficiently hazed out. That's not an attempt to pull any punches at Happy Songs, it's the way the genre should (largely) operate. This it succeeds at. The opening track Blaster
showcases a summery barrier of guitar commotion that sits between the prominently mixed drum work, and some very creamy female vocals. This is the highlight track of the endeavour, its upbeat tempo and cheerful abrasion is much preferable to the other tracks, well, upbeat tempos and cheerful abrasion. The other songs flit by agreeably, but lack the above and beyond “oomph” of the opener. The vocalist is undeniable, yet the tracks don't quite manage to reach the threshold of fantastical, with the first blasts of Ode To Godzilla
sounding strikingly similar. The former being the longest track, utilizing the most of guitar noise and diversity with a solo, some other tassels and flair just before the EP's curtain drops. Unfortunately, the record leaves the listener feeling like it could have been more, even right after it took them to cloud city.
More shoeglance than shoegaze, this EP clocks in at a mere 14 minutes. It's a pretty easy thing to say that you can take that time out of your day and check this album out. It may sit a few steps away from being essential, residing in a genre over-ridden with quality albums, but it is a worthwhile journey nonetheless. Oh, and by that I mean the opener is essential, and the other ten minutes are alright too.