Self-recorded music is all the rage these days (much like happiness ... sorry, Davey von Bohlen reference). While some artists jump into recording without a clear picture of what they want to create, Austin's Love Inks' upcoming album, E.S.P., is a precise example of harnassing self-recordings with a vision. An old drum machine loops over dream pop electric guitar and bass, all as the lush yet serene voice of Sherry LeBlanc floats through you. The first single, "Blackeye," is a minimalist Best Coast, with Sherry's wonderful singing beckoning forth like a bird singing, then being freed from a stripped down cage of drum machine beats and bright, muffled guitar. Even though Love Inks uses a drum machine, it has a peculiar warmth through and through, emblematic of "Blackeye."
Keep your ears peeled for this Texas trio as the spring thaw leads to summer breezes. E.S.P. comes out May 10th. Already I've been taken, and am now forgetting the perils of this past winter thanks to this three-piece. Most importantly, they're starting to subconsciously convince me to move slowly towards more and more dream pop, unlike many of the predecessors.