This Ringo Deathstarr article was written by Macon Oxley, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse
Following on from their 2013 EP, ‘God’s Dream’, Ringo Deathstarr – a clever portmanteau of that guy who hung out with The Beatles and the might of the Galactic Empire – return with their fourth studio album, ‘Pure Mood’.
Weighing in with their own brand of noisy pop, the Texan trio don’t seem to have the listeners’ eardums at the top of their list of concerns. Instead, this beautiful mess goes out of its way to sate the appetites of the sonically submerged.
The luring jangle of opener ‘Dream Again’ might seek to deceive the listener with a soothing lull true to the band’s breezy shoegaze leanings, but the noise is not far round the corner. In fact, follower ‘Heavy Metal Suicide’ crashes in like a sledgehammer with a riff truly befitting the title.
Following on the seamless meld of dreamy textures and raucous outbursts provide a sweet juxtaposition, which only serves to amplify the opposing elements in their own right.
One such song which exemplifies this perfectly is standout track, ‘Guilt’. An acoustically-complex background of mangled guitars provides the ideal foundation for singer Alex Gehring’s breathy siren song. And as the song climbs atop the crest of this ethereal wave, it segues perfectly into the fuzzy swathes of yet more distorted ambience.
Another standout track, ‘Frisbee’, seems like a bit of a nod to fellow noise enthusiasts, My Bloody Valentine, whom Ringo Deathstarr have cited as an influence. In fact, this particular offering is perhaps one of the best noise pop albums since the former’s 2013 album, ‘m b v’.
Though inarguably characterised by its relentless feedback and wailing guitars, ‘Pure Mood’ does still offer up some more subtle dream pop moments. The nice is delicately nestled within the nasty with some great hooks, sweet vocals and some altogether more delicate snippets.
For those wishing to get lost in a stream of shoegazing aural decadence and hypnotic otherworldly drones, then this is definitely one to get a hold of.
‘Pure Mood’ is out now via Club AC30 with a vinyl release due on the 11th December.