Ltd self-released clear vinyl LP in silk-screened, letter-pressed sleeve. Hand-stamped/ numbered edition of 100 copies.
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I’m not sure what Winkie means in downtown New York but round here it is another word for a love muscle, a if-you-will pork sword. Unfathomable name aside, here are a band successfully taking the blueprint from the early 90’s shoegazers and taking it to some kind of compressed, digitized next level. In a recent interview with Kevin Shields the shoegaze lord stated that his next album will be a wild affair, pushing things into hitherto unknown sonic territories. I do hope so as ‘mbv’ worked best when it was bonkers.
Similarly Winkie hit the bullseye when they they are producing white hot sonic blast of sounds with the best example being ‘Illuminated’. Built on a blinding sonic scree of guitars, the track is piercing but mesmerising with some thumping drums and Cocteau Twins like bass moves. They are no one trick pony’s though, ‘The Line Up’ churns along on a distorted Jesus and Mary Chain drum beat with pulsating bass and layers of distorted guitars. It sounds utterly mesmerising. ’Sometimes’ is almost poppy by comparison with fizzing synths added to the wall of sound, the guitars undulate wonderfully in the background, layers and layers of the stuff blasting away.
The more you dip into it the more the album becomes a swirling vortex of sound, a veritable smorgasboard of industrial shoegaze drones. Comparable with the best bits of fellow travellers A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Belong, harking further back to Cocteau Twins, Curve and The Cure yet they add a sonic harshness along the way which is just the ticket to blow away any New Years cobwebs.
8/10 Anti Podean Customer review, 7th January 2014
Somewhat disappointingly, the name Winkie is apparently a reference to the diner 'Winkies' that features in the David Lynch film, Mulholland Drive, which in turn references The Wizard of Oz, or something like that. Still, it is fun to snigger at American English; at least they are not called 'Fanny'. Despite their silly name, the racket they create does evoke a pleasingly dystopian vision. Don't be put off by the opening track, it has perhaps the weakest vocal performance on the album.
10/10 mark farmer Customer review, 3rd January 2014
What a way to start 2014. Once in a blue moon you hear something special, this record is it. Just a classic record and band in the making, grab it now before the prices hit the roof on ebay etc....and here's a plug for the forthcoming Autumns record on Downwards....it could be C86 all over again..YEAAAAAAH
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