Spotlight on MINKS

In this new series I’ve dubbed Sonic Spotlight, I present to you a collection of artists that I think deserve a bit more attention. Some of them may be unfamiliar to you, others you may have been listening to for years.

We begin with MINKS, a Brooklyn duo that morphed into six people when I saw them on stage at the Bowery Ballroom last Saturday.

MINKS members Sean Kilfoyle and Amalie Bruun (photo courtesy of artist)

MINKS is not the obvious choice for a spotlight. As the openers for Abe Vigoda and Wild Nothing (see the write-up of the show here), they’re clearly not meant to be the focal point – not that they make any pretense of trying. In some ways, MINKS’ set on Saturday night fell flat. Though their music is fairly upbeat, their delivery is oddly devoid of emotion and passion. They’re The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s morose kid sister.

Usually, this kind of so-cool-it’s-like-we’re-dead performance leaves me  a little… cold, but for some reason, they piqued my interest. I couldn’t take my eyes off Bruun in particular, who must have been the most listless tambourine player I’ve ever witnessed. Her lack of movement and any animation at all was unnatural and bewitching. Those smokey eyes seemed capable of draining the entire room of energy, or as their press page poetically states, “make you feel eternal album.”

Take a listen to “Cemetery Rain,” live from the Bowery Ballroom:

MINKS released their debut full-length album, By the Hedge, in January. You pick it up on the cheap via Amazon (or even cheaper, if you’re an eMusic subscriber). They’ll be back to the Bowery Ballroom on March 4th, supporting the Dum Dum Girls.

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