Minks – 'Tide's End' album review
A languid, hazy pop record, by turns enchanting and repetitive
Fri Aug 2 2013
Time Out Ratings :<strong>Rating: </strong>3/5
After the first Minks album, 2011's 'By the Hedge', we didn’t think it was possible for the project's main man Sean Kilfoyle to get any more laid-back. However, on ‘Tides End’ he’s practically horizontal: you can picture his eyelids drooping as he languidly creates what would be an ideal West Coast soundtrack to a hazy weekend at the beach.
His style is reminiscent of The Byrds before they went psychedelic, and it’s quite enchanting. Synths lurk in the background at all times, creating a hazy bed for thrumming, ’80s-style guitar riffs (think Hall & Oates) and monotonous beats.
Of course, repetitiveness can take its toll. Things get a little too soporific on ‘Painted Indian’, when Kilfoyle starts chanting, ‘black to white to red to white and back to red,’ over and over. By the time the title track comes around to close the album, you feel not only dozy, but a bit bombarded by drum samples. ‘Tide’s End’ is easy on the ears, but be warned: it could send you off to sleep altogether.
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