Hinds, “Leave Me Alone”

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Leave Me Alone
MOM + POP/LUCKY NUMBER
7/10

Imagine a world where pop songs are written on an acoustic guitar, amped up with a beater of an electric guitar, and then fashioned together with duct tape. That’s a rough imagining of what Hinds did to create this fantastically shambled debut. If that doesn’t sound appealing to you, then you’re simply doing it wrong. Though they sound ragged and slightly punk in the fervently shouted, overlapping harmonies of Ana Garcia Perrote and Carlotta Cosials, this Madrid-based quartet is pure pop at the center. Using mixed tempos and twangy surf guitars to navigate through the usually squeaky clean world of pop, Hinds have an infectious energy on songs like “Castigadas En El Granero” and “Bamboo” that weaves a line between The Pastels, Slant 6, and Vivian Girls—but with less of the shut-in vibes associated with this kind of jangling and more of a carpe-fucking-diem credo that helps this LP shimmer from stem to stern.

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