Toegegeven, we hebben het niet zo voor popmuziek, toch niet van het platte, overgeprduceerde soort. Echt talent laat zich echter niet in hokjes duwen en wanneer we dat authentiek talent ook voelen, dan schenken we er héél graag aandacht aan. Bij deze dus de fantastische Minke.
Today, British musician Minke has released her debut EP titled The Tearoom [This Fiction], the 7-track collection of songs includes the previously released and critically acclaimed Gold Angel, Maybe 25, Something Better and Too Late, plus 3 additional, unheard tracks Another Me, Frantic Love and her latest single Bite The Bullet. Each song chronicling “two years of living in and outside of London, moving to Los Angeles, and going through two breakups.” “It was a time of upheaval,” she says. “When I listened back to the EP, I didn’t realize how much I was writing about relationships—as well as just being heartbroken. To me, the word ‘Tearoom’ looked like ‘Tear Room’. There are many angles to it. It speaks to the sadness. I’m also British, so the name works on that level.” Available now on all digital platforms,
Following her breakout anthem Gold Angel which earned the support of Apple’s Zane Lowe & Beats 1, Spotify’s New Music Friday, Pop Rising Playlist, and hit No.1 on Hype Machine, thus paving the way for her follow-up single Something Better, a beautiful ballad that rises from stark piano towards a gospel-inspired chorus with all of the harmonies performed personally by Leah. It culminates on the heavenly refrain, “Show me that there’s something bigger.”
“It comes from the crazy time we’re living in and hoping for better, but the situation is dressed up as a relationship,” she exclaims. Elsewhere, the eighties-inspired Too Late highlights her dynamic range over a danceable beat. The tense Another Me doubles as what she describes as “a Peter Gabriel moment” and nods to formative progressive influences. Then, there’s the seismic Frantic Love. The track’s Pink Floyd-style expanse spotlights impressive fretwork on a hummable solo, reaffirming how “important musicianship is to me,” as she says.
“Songwriting is my therapy. It’s what I’ve done since I first picked up a guitar when I was eleven. It’s the only thing that makes me feel better, so it’s what I do. When people listen to the Tearoom, I hope they get whatever they need from it. It could be reassurance or someone to identify with. That’s what makes me happy. It’s all I can do.”
(High Rise PR)