Album name: PinkShinyUltraBlast
|Japanese Import| A whole new Astrobrite album!! And it *KILLS*!! A return to the basics, all recorded on a "bested-ass Tascam" 4-track recorder in Scott Cortez's bedroom over a period of a decade, and then all digitally mixed down into Cubase last year. Mastered by Narasaki of COALTAR OF THE DEEPERS. Anyone not familiar with the Astrobrite sound, step right up: sheets and walls of sonic bliss; the mere definition of "beautiful noise". Astrobrite is shoegaze taken to its utmost extremes in all elements: unintelligible breathy vocals, walls upon walls upon walls of heavily effected guitars, propulsive skittering drum machine beats, high-end treble treble treble, and all with the levels pushed into the red, and beyond. The best part of all is the sickly-sweet candy-coated melodies beneath it all - this is not just noise, my friends, this is pure pop genius at its utmost. Also all recorded by one man Goes to 11? Nope, way beyond that. Pinkshinyultrablast culls some of Scott's brilliant older tracks from old hyper-limited cassette tape releases from the early 90s, and marries them with a slew of brand new recordings that rival some of his best work, if not exceeding it. Melissa Arpin Henry, who collaborates with Scott for their LOVESLIESCRUSHING project, makes a guest appearance on vocals in one track. There are plans for a potential US release of this album, but nothing solid has been inked as of yet; this is the Japanese import, which includes two exclusive bonus tracks for Japan only. In addition, the disc has a brilliant video for the track "Orange Creamesickle" - a psychedelic collage of heat-treated images, white-washed blurs, and "whoa, did you see that?!" trompe l'oeil effects. The video echoes those of the magnificent Loveless-era My Bloody Valentine videos. Packaging for Pinkshinyultrablast includes an 8-page booklet, rife with stills from the video, and includes all the lyrics (!), as well as an additional b&w 4-page booklet insert, with lyrics, liner notes, and song titles, translated into Japanese text.
Astrobrite started in 1994 as a noise pop excursion and solo effort for Scott Cortez. Over the years with the trusty Tascam Portastudio, drum machine, Fender Jaguar & some basic effects, he churned out ep after ep: candy swirl ep (1994), cherryflavor ep (1995), futuramic ep (1996), mile ep (1997). In 1995 he formed a proper band to play the material out live and went through line up after line up until 1997 when Astrobrite played their last show. That is until now. Astrobrite as well as various other projects were merely in hiatus. Scott along with Adam and Kat Cooper of Alison's Halo, maestros of blisspop, have joined forces to bring Astrobrite back to life. Think superhero teams like the Avengers or new X-men.
Astrobrite has included the brightest from the beautiful noise bliss scene: Rob Smith and Doug Walker of Xebec, Andrew Prinz of Mahogany, Odell Nails of Majesty Crush, and Lynn Anderson of 6SM and Alison's Halo.
Formed in Arizona where the Beautiful Noisescene was officially begun at the behest of Brandon Capps, Astrobrite debuted at the second Beautiful Noise festival. In the summer of 1995 Scott moved back to his home state of Michigan to become a part of the space rock scene he had once been a part of and left behind in its infancy.