Texan shoegaze pioneers Ringo Deathstarr return with their new eponymous studio
album. ‘Ringo Deathstarr’ poetically sees the band in a stage of personal and musical
maturity. A staple of the genre with a rich back catalogue of revered material, it’s on
their sixth full length that Ringo Deathstarr address the kind of themes that can only
come from life experience.
“Ringo Deathstarr” is a dynamic, introspective psychedelia, multi-layered album with
Frazer and bassist Alex Gehring’s trademark, gorgeous, duel harmonies. ‘Nagoya’ opens
with cinematic ambience before the groove-laden gothic allure of ‘God Help The Ones
You Love’ and ‘Gazin’. An upbeat, more direct shoegaze bristling with a precision and
confidence that’s rarely captured with such energy, and the 90s seeped ‘Once Upon A
Freak’ as well as ‘Be Love’ elevate the bands now iconic sound pallet.
Elsewhere the reverb-soaked and dark 80s post-punk of ‘In Your Arms’ and ‘Heaven
Obscured’ continue to show a band unwilling to stick to the rule book, with poppier
sensibilities, while ‘Lazy Lane’ and ‘The Same Again’ showcase their more lo-fi and
garage-rock leanings. And in true Deathstarr fashion album closer ‘Cotton Candy Clouds’
sees us out with a climatic cacophony of guitar work and riotous power from drummer
Ringo Deathstarr began in Austin TX in 2005, but really came together in 2007 after Elliott
recorded the first EP and recruited Alex. After a couple of tours and losing another drummer,
Elliott’s high school friend Daniel joined up. Over the band’s lengthy career they’ve seen
support from the likes of The Guardian, The Line Of Best Fit, Drowned In Sound, NME, VICE,
Pitchfork, NPR, KEXP, BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 1 and many more.
FORMAT: 500 copies on 180g black vinyl, in a thick reverse board sleeve and full colour inner.
2. God Help The Ones You Love
4. Once Upon A Freak
6. Just Like You
7. In Your Arms
8. Heaven Obscured
9. Lazy Lane
10. The Same Again
11. Be Love
12. I Don t Want To Lose This
13. Cotton Candy Clouds
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