space that exists between two virtues: nostalgic and innovative, Drip
Audio is proud to release a dual album by two pioneering musical projects,
THE WINKS and TIGHTS. Both groups share
the same musical ideal - obvious, considering they share several of the
same members. And both projects seep a very real, personal spirit. The
Winks unfurl their butterfly wings on this, their second official release.
Revealing new tricks wrapped in a historic carapace, the MANDOLIN, CELLO,
and PERCUSSION trio endow with a refreshing dialect of pop language. The
modern framework is there, but the sounds are different - vintage and
unusual like antique arms pointing to infinite roots in time and culture
- places in history obscured by dust and cobwebs, finally rediscovered,
polished, and prepared for the modern world.
Persuading the theory to new levels,
TIGHTS, features the cello and mandolin of THE WINKS and adds the digital
stylings of live laptop processing (Andy Dixon aka: Secret Mommy).
Unlike their articulate album mates, TIGHTS have chosen an avenue of loose
improv, embracing the magic of chance and exploring asynchrony & poly-rhythms.
This electro-acoustic unit expands on THE WINKS theme of archetypal versus
conventional art forms, but broadens it by exaggerating both the timelessness
and ultra-modern qualities and introducing a playful sense of musical
Both units of this split operate
on the same levels of homage and modernism. They both borrow from infinite
points of the past as well as explore new, unmapped musical frontiers.
"Two EP-length offerings on one disc,
from a pair of new Vancouver bands that you'll be hearing bigger things
from soon. The Winks make charmingly bent pop that fizzes and burns at
the same time, while Tights work up grand ruminations from grainy electroacoustics.-
The Globe and Mail
"The perfect album to put on in order to give your buddy who's on
mushrooms heart palpitations and the perfect album to ease him back into
his/her happy place. And visa versa." - Red Cat Records
"...they have a knack for finding
beauty amid unlikely circumstances." - The Toronto Star
"Childish blah-de-blah...odd instrument
mash-ups...equal weird goodness." - Vue Weekly (Edmonton)
"Cute can make you ugly quick as a
pixie stick sugar crash. Cute in the case of the Winks cuts its sweet
with enough salt to keep you snacking for hours. Not unlike a car trip
sing-a-long with Ida and the Unicorns, the four Canadian West coast winkers
put their guy/gal harmonies overtop acoustic strings (mandolin & cello)
and sprinkle with kitchen sink percussion. Tyr Jami and Todd Macdonalds
songs go from mock mythic (Cyclopse and Castle in the
Clouds) to stranger and creepier over the course of their seven
tracks. On Boxes, for example, they sing extra-phonetically
about (t)rees made of aleeumineeium/The centrepiece was made of
tubes. - Exclaim!
Album Review: sceneandheard.ca
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