Ringo Deathstarr
Pure Mood


4.0
excellent

Review

by nearly 3 hours of experimental techno USER (2 Reviews)
December 2nd, 2015 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: More than the sum of its influences.

Ringo Deathstarr always seemed to me to epitomize the current wave of shoegaze; complete with a cute bass player and those weird Kevin Shields tunings; they make little effort to conceal their influences. Albums like 2012's Mauve failed to breathe any new life into their songwriting despite this Austin, Texas outfit's prolific releases and constant touring, it seemed like they wouldn't escape the (in my opinion, overstated) "revivalist" label any time soon.

But none of that matters now. Because, on Pure Mood, they get damn near everything right.

It's obvious from the moment that the eerie calm of "Dream Again" is shattered by the stop-start riffage of "Heavy Metal Suicide" that these guys have mastered something that many of their contemporaries have lost behind a wall of effects ***ery: dynamics. Hooks are all over this record, from the bouncy groove of "Big Bopper", to the crashing guitars that perfectly complement Alex Gehring's vocals on the 'Lush with their amps on 10' standout "Guilt", or the layered vocal harmonies of "Show Me the Truth Of Your Love". Guitarist/singer Elliott Frazier has honed his use of fuzz, so that "Never", which would have blended into the noisefests of previous albums, instead comes across as a beautifully cathartic moment.

Interview statements that they spent more time writing and recording Pure Mood than any of their previous albums are telling, not only in the rather polished production, but in their newfound affinity for 60s psychedelia on tracks like "Old Again" and "California Car Collection". These songs are allowed to unfold at a unhurried, dreamlike pace, and while the album's middle section may be a little samey, it shows an interesting potential direction.

While fans of their more raw material may be let down, Pure Mood is a much welcome progression for Ringo Deathstarr, showing previously unexplored sides to their songwriting and a refined, layered sound. They have combined familiar influences into something that is, unequivocally, their own.


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3.6
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Keyblade
December 2nd 2015


29033 Comments


a six rev, nicee. sup dude

i need to get into this band. heard a song from Colour Trip on a mixtape a while back that ruled but never bothered to listen to the whole album

Keyblade
December 2nd 2015


29033 Comments


the song was So High, looking back. will do tho

Chortles
December 2nd 2015


21494 Comments


kool

Rhyme
December 2nd 2015


1405 Comments


neat

heard stare at the sun earlier and wasn't too impressed but i'll give this a go anyway

hal1ax
December 2nd 2015


14542 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pos bud

need to check this



Jasdevi087
December 2nd 2015


6130 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

a six review, i didn't realise it was a blue moon

Hopelust
December 2nd 2015


3467 Comments


Nor did I. Apparently it is. This sounds great in theory. Thanks for the recommendation.

Mystletainn
December 4th 2015


4050 Comments


I hope this is good, I feel they have real potential.



BrushedRed
December 13th 2015


3224 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like this group a lot. Definitely have to check this out

Mystletainn
December 15th 2015


4050 Comments


Ruuuules

Mystletainn
December 18th 2015


4050 Comments


This is a 5 guys

Gaze this good is rare

Ryus
December 21st 2015


18568 Comments


not a 5 but real good

Mystletainn
December 21st 2015


4050 Comments


best shoegaze of the decade so far it's a 5 agreed

evilford
December 21st 2015


43761 Comments


horrible band/group name

Mystletainn
December 22nd 2015


4050 Comments


evilo fordstarr

BrushedRed
December 27th 2015


3224 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like Colour Trip a bit more but this is still awesome. "Guilt" is wonderful

Lethean
December 28th 2015


1495 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

a high quality 90s rock album

Angelboros
January 11th 2016


1357 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This album's got some seriously alluring melodies. Stare at the Sun's a straight-up banger of a tune.

Mystletainn
January 11th 2016


4050 Comments


Ya this has some 90s grunge vibes going on

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 24th 2016


25607 Comments


love this album cover



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