Winkie are a New York based shoegaze-pop group, but with a twist: they don’t use any guitars! Nevertheless, the fuzz haze is strong with this one, cloaking the innocent vocals to just the right degree. Come To My Party is their second full-length, and is released in a screen-printed sleeve by America Primitive.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 10 February 2016
The improbably monikered New York band Winkie produce that rarest of thing - shoegaze without guitars. There’s nothing in the sleeve notes to explain what instruments they actually use - I’m guessing it’s the bass guitar making all the jagged tones and feedback.
The album starts in impressive style ‘I Will Not Weep For Any Throne You Fall From’ (oh lord), it has metronomic drum machine, lashings of fuzz and feedback and amazingly disconcerting pitch shifted vocals in what passes for a chorus. What I like about Winkie in the current world of lazy-gaze is that they are weird. They make weird noises and are rather scary. ‘Tasting My Heart For the First Time’ has pulsating bass notes and vocals higher than any record by the Cranes. On ‘Paper Tiger’ squealing noises dominate whilst vocals struggle to be heard. Their downfall is that once you get to side two everything starts to become a rather indistinguishable mush, there’s no disguising the similarity of the drum machine parts so what was initially impressive can become a bit of a background drone.
Taken on their own though there are some great slabs of noise here - ‘Only the Night People Know’ has the visceral thrill of early Cocteaus whilst ‘At Night They Dreamed of Revenge’ is slathered in so much sludge that it’s barely discernible what is going on. This makes MBV sound like Frazier Chorus. Lots of great noise, too few really memorable moments but this will still help clear the wax out the ears of noise pop fans.
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