Track Review – Garden / Hinds

This is the Hinds song that should come next. Sure, the opening vocals sound identical to ‘Bamboo’, but the evolution from that track which they came through with is pretty amazing. The track doesn’t just amble along like many of the Hinds songs that have come before, even the start takes its time to kick in, getting steadily faster, like some kind of electric mariachi, before a secondary guitar cuts through the typical Hinds 4-chord sequence that they tend to deploy on every other song by now. At this point, it’s important to recognise that Hinds aren’t technically proficient, the charm comes with the clumsy beginner playing that they somehow make into a cohesive song. Another familiar aspect is the joint vocals, sounding like the whole band is chipping in. Their voices are individually recognisable, each adding another element to the collective-voice-chorus.

The lyrics are a little less considered with partying than previous Hinds tracks, apart from the ‘I can’t take you dancing’, which in itself shows that Hinds don’t just want to celebrate the party, but show the sadder side to it. The beauty of Hinds is that even when their vocals are all over the place (They regularly overlap on ‘Garden’), the mood of the track (which can only be described as ‘feista-worthy’) is enough to make the track exciting and fun. The outro to ‘Garden’, whilst short and sweet, is their best ending yet; winding down with the clean guitar that cut through the intro not too long ago. Hinds don’t let up in their wild happiness, something which is missing greatly in modern indie rock and it’s something that should be treasured. Even if they say ‘we had a more sober ~ or even sad ~ album than we expected’ in their blurb for new album Leave Me Alone, the music itself is pure bliss.

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