At Aimless Skylarking, we're not terribly concerned with traffic numbers. Sure, we love to see new bright and shiny curious faces having a look around the joint, but it's not something we have much control over. Sure, we could do some marketing, but we do as much as we can already. This is a hobby after all, not a full time gig with paid benefits such as vacation time off or anything like that. With that said, while we're not checking traffic numbers each day, when we have looked, we see lots of traffic coming from Russia.
We know little of Russia, just what we in the States have been told of the country during the Cold War. But since we've been sharing music here, we've made a few observations, synth driven music is big there, and they really like a band we've written about many times, the London based band Empathy Test. We can't say that either are overly surprising, just fits that cold stereotype I guess. Anyway, maybe it's time to bust up some of those stereotypes because we've been seeing lots of support for a Russian shoegaze band, the St. Petersburg based 5-piece Pinkshinyultrablast. They're popping up on the big music websites over the past 6-8 weeks, and we can't deny their charms any more. We're suckers for good shoegaze, and Pinkshinyultrablast are making textbook shoegaze. After listening to the full album stream this week, we can already tell it will be a strong contender for album of the year at the Aimless headquarters. Perhaps the only shoegaze that could surpass it, in our eyes, would be a new effort from our eternal favorites, The Joy Formidable.
Pinkshinyultrablast are Igor - bass, Lyubov - vocals, Sergey - drums, Rustam - synths and electronics, and Roman - guitars. Their debut album Everything Else Matters is set for a January 26 release via Club AC30 Records in the UK and Shelflife Records in the States. Stream the lead single below, 'Holy Forest', it's our Song of the Day!