MINKS “Cemetery Rain”

By Emily Becker on Thursday, February 17th, 2011  |  1,860 views

Dream-pop, Indie-Pop

MINKS “Cemetery Rain” MINKS “Cemetery Rain”

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“Cemetery Rain” is moodier than a sleep-deprived fourteen-year-old girl. Open-ended guitar chords ring out over a repetitive snare beat that forms the backdrop for Shaun Kilfoyle and Amalie Bruun’s layers of wispy vocals. When Kilfoyle and Bruun join their voices at the chorus to sing, “If we ever get back to this place / If we ever get back,” they lift the song up from the doleful melodic mire, and take the listener to a desirable destination. “Cemetery Rain” is an ambiguous mix of sad music and uplifting vocals that rings true.

“Cemetery Rain” may bring The Smiths “Cemetry Gates” to mind. If Morissey had Wilde on his side, Kilfoyle and Bruun surely had Johnny Marr on theirs while writing the guitar solo. On “Cemetry Gates” Morrissey sings, “If you must write prose and poems / The words you use should be your own / Don’t plagiarize or take on loan.”

Though MINKS owe a huge debt to predecessors such as The Smiths as well as Felt, Echo and the Bunnymen, and The Cure, they manage to imprint their music with an original interpretation on 1980s Brit rock. Despite its title, “Cemetery Rain” morphs from downtrodden to upbeat in short order, bringing in recognizable elements to enhance, rather than define, its sound.

Captured Tracks released their full-length debut, By The Hedge, which includes “Cemetery Rain,” on January 12, 2011.

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