Hinds – ‘Barn’

Music, Reviews, Singles November 16, 2014

Originally published and still available on The Girls Are (14/11/14). Deers changed their name to Hinds in Jan 2015.

Winter may already be resolute in its chill, but if you are already longing for the far away summer heat then you would do well to bask in the warmth of the dulcet tones of Deers. The band, hailing from the sunny capital of Spain, have doubled in size since they first appeared a year ago, with the original duo of Ana Garcia Perrote and Carlotta Cosials enlisting new cohorts Ade Martin and Amber Grimbergen in order to expand their originally minimalist sound.

Even in their most recent incarnation, their songs are very ‘bare bones’, but it is that implied childish naivety that makes them so charming. The two tracks that make up ‘Barn’ bring to mind the beach tones of Best Coast, the care-free slacker observations of Mac DeMarco and the garage sound of The Black Lips. ‘Barn’ builds on their popular demos, ‘Bamboo’ and ‘Trippy Gum’ but offers a more realized sense of where the band intend to take their sound, especially now this is their first installment as a four piece. The drudging first moments of ‘Castigadas en el Granero’ transform into a potent slice of upbeat pop, vocals ricocheting back and forth conversationally, whilst the lo-fi nature of ‘Between Cans’ marries girl gang vocals with a slumberous riff.

The camaraderie between the fours girls is palpable throughout their songs and with the band still being in a very embryonic stage, it will be intriguing to watch them grow further from their influences and more into themselves.

 

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