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Driven by garage-rock guitars that range from jangling, reverb-soaked lines of melody (San Diego, Solar Gap) to fatter, slightly distorted textures, Hinds manage to rein in all the chaos just enough to allow their often naive, off-the-cuff lyrics - often delivered via the trebly dual vocals of founders Carlotta Cosials and Ana Perrote - to cut through the mix.
In an album where the most complicated arrangement is an occasional bassline that underpins the melody, three or four chords often suffice.
And that's just fine.
• Hinds. Leave Me Alone. Mom & Pop Records.
• Three stars (out of five)
Single download: Bamboo
For those who like: The Strokes, The Troggs
- Shane Gilchrist