The debut album from Mood Rings, an Atlanta-based five-piece, is certainly not easy to pigeonhole. Shifting seamlessly from taut post-punk to lush 60s balladry, and starry-eyed guitar pop to moody guitar squall, VPI Harmony is the sound of a band meticulously studied in their influences, and unafraid to expand, combine and re-imagine the sounds of their musical loves into their own signature package, and can be heard in full on June 25th, 2013 on Mexican Summer.
Breathy lead single “Pathos y Lagrimas,” replete with glossy guitars and an air of sexy mystery, was just released on Mexican Summer. The track was also given away as special edition screen-printed 7″s for this year’s Record Store Day at Criminal Records in Atlanta.
Moving from the loose, lo-fi quality of their debut EP Sweater Weather Forever in 2011, VPI Harmony was recorded, mixed and mastered in-studio at Gary’s Electric in Brooklyn. The upgrade has done wonders for enhancing the band’s sound, and helping to fully realize and emulate their seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of pop production. VPI Harmony is out June 25th on Mexican Summer.
VPI Harmony Tracklisting /
01. Dark Flow
02. Pathos y Lagrimas
03. Come Lay Down in Lined Arrangements
05. Minor Slaloms
06. Promise Me Eternity
07. The Line
08. Exorcised Painting
09. Hollow Dye (Defected Crystal)
10. Get Lost
11. Charles Mansion