Love Inks (Austin), Melted Toys, and Tidelands
"Austin's Love Ink's first long-player is very, very good, especially if you love The xx, Fleetwood Mac and Young Marble Giants. The latter were an eerily sparse post-punk trio with a female singer whose brilliant idea was to play punk rock like a late-night whisper, and Love Inks have copped much of their sound: bass as lead instrument; almost jazzy less-is-more guitar; sighing, horizontal vocals. The one thing they add is one of those drum machines that sounds like you have to power it by steam. It's an aesthetic based on a sort of sleepy intensity and immaculate good taste." - BBC
"Short, simple songs songs driven by an spare drum machine beats, with Sherry LeBlanc's warm, inviting voice right there up front. I've seen comparisons to Young Marble Giants but Love Inks are nowhere as minimal as that." - Brooklyn Vegan
"This trio makes razzle-dazzle pop with an homage to Ariel Pink's sound, especially in the distortion-laden vocals on the band's "Night Kids" demo. Melted Toys has recorded many demos, and all the practice is paying off, as the band is set to release its first EP on Underwater Peoples early next year. The band has sparkling beats and serenading vocals, singing of bad dreams and lost connections."
orchestral indie folk-gaze
mie is from osaka japan and plays drums, moog synth, and sings a little bit. gabriel is from nowhere but claims california and he writes words, plays guitar and flugelhorn and sings. together they write and arrange songs that become tidelands. yep, that's it, just the two of us. we do it with loopers and the ultra-dexterity of mie's limbs.
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