Chicago’s Pink Frost are to release of a completely remixed and remastered update to their debut album, ‘Gargoyle Days’. Originally released under the band’s previous moniker Apteka in 2011, ‘Gargoyle Days’ has been “painstakingly reworked from the original analog tapes.”
Fair to say from first listen, the 9-song album packs even more punch and sonic breadth which it is said “is a better representative of the band’s live sound.” That said this is a new release, complete with new artwork and under the band’s new name, it’s not just ‘a polished artifact’. Listening to the original it not any stretch of imagination to read that the album that made many Best of 2011 lists, including Time Out Chicago. Like ‘Sundowning’ and last fall’s ‘Traitors’ EP, the new album was also recorded at Steve Albini’s legendary Electrical Audio in Chicago with engineer Gregoire Yeche. Mixed by Adam Stilson at Decade Music Studios and mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service, bit of a northern affair it seems.
The new release as such, is out December 4th, the album begins with the title track which confirms almost imeediately we’re in expanded tweaked terriotory still compared to the modern mainstream, whatever it is, Pink \Frost are still on psych rock fringe, with discernable shoegaze tones, the lighter and darker moods of ‘Gargoyle Days’ which runs to 6 minutes, the song still leaves the listener with hope held high. Something only heighted by the more powerful, ‘Striking Violet’ if Tame impala create a new December mixtape, if there is any sense to this ramble, ‘Striking Violet’ is at the very least is on there. ‘In Clouds’ helps demonstrate the depth of sounds, deftly delivered that I eluded to earlier, laid back and well executed before the much played first time around, ‘Where Days Go’ which screams of single, but that’s probably just me, as at over six minutes and with the song not the band’s most commercially-minded work to date, so in short do not listen to a word I say.
Just past the half way mark and to the more dynamic ‘Voices’ is still a great guitar refrain and vocal that continues to work, ditto for the gift that is ‘Gravesend’. It is unexpected just how far Pink Frost have brought their Apteka days work forward, the sound is so lush on ‘Monterey’ or confidence of the added colours to ‘We Know Time’.
I may be akin to a few when I cringe at something much loved gets re-mastered or re-worked, but in ‘Gargoyle Days’ any fears are dispensed with. Instead i am excited, nay giddy – have to hear this new band called Pink Frost from Chicago, yeah they were around a few years ago but have you heard the new album? Making more sense perhaps, it’s a 2011 album much improved for 2015. Well done, 8.5/10