Artist: Ringo Deathstarr
Album: God’s Dream
Genre: Shoegaze, Alternative Rock
Label: Noyes Records
Illuminated by a live show here in Boston, Ringo Deathstarr’s newest work, EP God’s Dream, is a lush landscape of constant gazes at foot apparel, all while getting lost in the void of uncalculated, and stringing thoughts of the walls that bind our realities, or something like that. The mini album is a collective anthology of noise, melody, and chaos, all while erupting in a skillfully contained manner.
Beginning with “Bong Load,” the band’s newest work brings the noise. While the guitars take the duties of reverberating the weird, the rhythm section of the band groove in a sea of polished distortion. Presenting a buffet of bends and whammy hits, the track acts as the drug alluded too in the lyrics. If one does not pace themselves, they could be found wandering the woods in the late afternoon, though I would sumise that God’s Dream is the perfect piece to do it to.
The first piece of the work is pure fun, but the album takes an interesting turn with the title track, “God’s Dream.” A track which really gives bassist/vocalist Alex Gehring a moment to shine, her calm delivery will relax the track as it moves through the landscape designed. Beautifully weaving melodies in and out of the soundscape provided, I remember experiencing this track live, and it was a moment that stuck with me for the rest of the night. Oddly cathartic, “God’s Dream” is my highlight of the work.
“Chainsaw Morning” is an eruption of sound, carefully climaxed by the band. With pounding drums in the foreground, whispered vocals consciously carrying the song forward, and guitars appearing just at the right times, the band easily shows how their songwriting skills have evolved from all the releases leading up to God’s Dream. More collected, and more intellectually executed, the band is able to give each piece of their art the right times to be illuminated.
Bringing a darker aspect to the work on closer “Nowhere,” as well as a welcomed sonic adventure with “Shut Your Eyes,” and in the retrospectively respective “Tumb Bubble,” God’s Dream ends as wonderfully as it begins. Acting as the band’s best work to date, and an invigorator for future releases, sit back, relax, and get lost in whatever dream you can imagine God would have, for Ringo Deathstarr have written the soundtrack for it.
Review written by Andrew Caruso – Follow him on Twitter