Friday, August 23, 2013

Astrobrite - Pinkshinyultrablast (2005)

HOLY SHIT. Saw MBV in Seattle last night, and it blew my goddamn mind. I was thinking that I'd post something a little less well-known from their discography - one of the EPs maybe, or Ecstasy and Wine - but everyone's heard all that, too. So instead, I give you one of MBV's finest disciples: Astrobrite. A solo project of Chicago-based musician Scott Ortez (also of loveliescrushing), Astrobrite retains the fluid progressions, warped melodies, hushed vocal approach, and melancholic/euphoric emotional template of Loveless, but brings the overall sound into harsher, more blown-out territory. Pinkshinyultrablast is IMO the best of his albums - mind you, they're all great - and I don't think that it would be hyperbole to call it one of the all-time greatest shoegaze records.

Track listing:
1. Ultrablast
2. Lollipop
3. Orange Creamsickle
4. Miss Teen USA
5. Lemon-Limed Lie
6. More
7. Swooner
8. Strawberry Kissdown
9. Lipgloss Sugar
10. Violet Eyelinger
11. Please
12. Cherrybomb
13. Pinkshiny

True love is on you
Felt inside you, all beside you
I could feel that this love is over
Felt inside you


  1. So happy for you that you saw them! They're coming to LA on Sunday for a fest, and it's really hard for me to keep telling myself that I can't afford the 65 bucks to go see them... (a-ha just convinced myself that $99, the two day fest price, is too much, one day tickets are sold out...)

  2. Thanks very much...don't know this at all. Cool blog...

  3. Is it possible to re-up?