Mood Rings will be hitting the road this fall on a massive North American tour with Cults. The band will be playing songs from their Mexican Summer debut, VPI Harmony.
Their music draws on a range of influences and is a kaleidoscope of layers and textures that take you to a different headspace with each song, all the while maintaining a cohesion throughout.
The debut album from this 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. Take for instance the way album opener “Dark Flow,” whose lilting guitar notes and stately drum rolls drifts with floaty falsettos straight into the tightly wound, breathy lead single “Pathos y Lagrimas,” replete with glossy guitars and an air of sexy mystery. Or the way in which “Promise Me” switches from peppy, Sarah Records jangle into dreamy girl-group heartbreak in under a minute.
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. Fellow Atlantan musician, Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox on his hometown buddies: “Mood Rings rip the captions off the stairs and explode moonlight panels with alcohol and mint. This is not political music. These are not ringtones. There is no mystery man in the plasma tent. The floor tom is the new kick. Don’t forget the scale of mercury.”
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