February 24th is a significant date for everyone in Ukraine, and also marked the point at which half of Super Pink Moon‘s album Iron Rain had been recorded. The second half followed after the war had gripped the country, recorded at a home studio in western Ukraine. Ihor Prshyliak, more widely known for his work as the lead singer and guitarist of Somali Yacht Club, formed the project in 2019 to delve into stranger, psychedelic rhythms and ideas from the main band, and for Iron Rain, using it as an escape from reality from the all-consuming war.
We’re really pleased to team up with Super Pink Moon and present the second single off of Iron Rain today, the stunning opener “Nothing Is Real”. To begin, a doomgaze foundation of noise is paired delightfully with Ihor’s delicate, melancholic vocals, drowning you in a rich waterfall of sound. However, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill Slow Crush or Holy Fawn clone; in fact, it’s far from it. Super Pink Moon suddenly takes a sharp right turn with the track, heading into a psychedelic, proggy unknown. Slow, subtle, and inviting, this section eventually closes off the track. It’s a confusing end to the track, but one that totally blows your mind.
Each of the tracks is a reflection on the current situation in his country, with Ihor stating:
‘All the lyrics are revolving around self-reflection on the war. It’s still hard to describe the weird mix of feelings. Sometimes you’re extremely proud and even happy, but usually, all you feel is sadness, pain, and despair.‘
That can be felt in the sombre and sometimes haunting passages in the track, and later in the album, too. It was also quite jarring to read him talk about not only the situation in the country but also how he associates with this great piece of work:
‘Also, you can’t hide from the missiles, which is ‘disturbing’ at least. So, I had to evolve. Now I’m feeling much better, so the record is a kind of snapshot of the ‘self-curing’ process. After our victory, I don’t think I’d ever listen to this record again, too many emotions.‘
Needless to say, our thoughts go out to him and everyone affected by this illegal war, and we hope for a swift resolution to the crisis.
Iron Rain releases in February 2023 on the 16th, so make sure to follow the socials below to keep up to date with Super Pink Moon, and get a load of this amazing album once available.