"The Line"May 28, 2013 Mexican Summer
Mood Rings continue to show-off their lush songwriting prowess on “The Line” the third single taken from their debut album VPI Harmony. Will Fussell’s breathy vocals positively float over the bubbling and arpeggiated synthesizers, aided by bright, airy production which brings a sense of 80s goth opulence.
The Atlanta-based five-piece, Mood Rings, 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.