Like previous BTW World Unite/Lucifer Youth Foundation, Minks comes with few details. Their MySpace says they’re a Brooklyn project, and this live video, taken from a May show at Glasslands, shows six people in their live line-up. Their website is unhelpful. Like Brooklyn’s the Drums, Minks harness a few of the best traits of gothic Brit new wave: ethereal synths, thumping, staccato basslines, overall minimal production. They don’t share the Drums’s sunny, surfy outlook, though. “Funeral Song,” for instance is 80% indecipherable, except for its chorus: “So long, summertime / Not coming back.” “Kusmi” is a different side of the band — hazy, lush, dreamy, with boy/girl harmonies shimmers of guitar and keyboard. If that live video is indication, we’ll get more of that side on their upcoming album, out sometime in September on Captured Tracks.
“Funeral Song” is out on a Captured Tracks 7″ this month. That’s the cover art above. The single also has a video made up of footage from an old high-diving romance. Anyone recognize it?