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Torii to release album ‘Return to Form’ on Mink

As some of you already know, we’re absolutely over the moon to welcome one of our favourite bands to the Mink Records & Mink Music Publishing family: TORII

This Friday will see the release of their first single ‘Heat Lightning’ from their upcoming album ‘Return To Form’, which will come out in February 2020.

‘The psychedelic pop of Dutch quintet Torii seems to deftly breeze by without a care in the world: warm, wistful and weightless. Multiple listens to the band’s debut LP Return To Form (due early 2020), however, reveal a stark antithesis of that snap judgment: each one of these eleven tracks was written, composed and recorded with painstaking, deliberate care. Founder Domenico Mangione transmutes troubled feelings of trauma, lonesomeness, and alienation into his intricate, spectral production values.

Torii started as a solo project that found Mangione demoing tracks in an abandoned school building. This rather desolate scenery, plus the screeching of the seagulls that terrorized the area, provided the perfect echo chamber for the Dutch musician & producer to find his definitive voice, at his desired pace. That being said: Torii’s early incarnations – with a revolving line-up of musicians around Mangione – were, as a result, much more erratic in sonics and live performance. During ‘Human’ – off of the band’s 2016 Submerged EP (Geertruida Records) –, he would often exert himself in cathartic guitar noise, failing to straddle his own non-conformist lexicon to his bandmates – and vice versa. Soon after releasing their debut record, the band played critically-renowned festivals and venues, namely Paradiso, Vera, De School, Incubate, Grasnapolsky and Le Guess Who?.

Now a steady five-piece ensemble – Mangione, multi-instrumentalist/producer Tijmen van Wageningen, guitarist/lap steel player Willem Oostendorp, keyboardist Jilles van Kleef, and drummer Olivier Schiphorst – Torii began using Mangione’s free-spirited recording methods as the root for fully-realized studio splendor, giving themselves ample time to blur the sharp frontiers in skill and philosophy. Each musician handled Return To Form’s makeup with kid gloves, harvesting wayward sounds in meticulous fashion.’

– words by Jasper Willems
– photo by Rick Erfmann

Mink Records DJ Set at Le Guess Who? Festival

Founder of Mink (Marieke McKenna) will be spinning records at the amazing Le Guess Who? festival this weekend! Two sets on Sunday, in the main hall (Ronda), between 18.30-19.30, and 20.23-21.35.

Read more about the festival on the official website. 

Make sure you check out the line up for this amazing festival, which kicks off today.

It truly is the most adventurous music festival The Netherlands has on offer in terms of line up.

Hope to see you there!

Image by Pierre Zylstra

The Mighty Breaks Host Legendary
‘Master Club’ Album Release Show

Last Friday we released The Mighty Breaks’ debut album ‘Master Club’ in style at our very own night club ‘Master Club’, named after the real deal in Italy, for one night, at The Grey Space in the Middle. The turnout was more than we dreamt of in advance, thank you all so much for being there, for sharing this special moment with us.

You can listen to the record here, it’s also available on 12” vinyl, in our webshop and record stores.

The always amazing Philine van den Hul took some cool pictures of people attending the event, to be seen here.

 

Much love!

 

 

The Visual impress at Best Kept Secret Festival

We are so proud of The Visual, who absolutely killed it at Best Kept Secret Festival, gracing the line up amongst acts like Guided By Voices, Kraftwerk, Fat White Family, Stereolab, Spiritualized, Mac DeMarco and more. Some reviews of their show (in Dutch):

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“Op het climaxmoment schuiven wolken voor de zon, alsof de weergoden begrijpen wat voor setting deze act nodig had. Het moment geeft meteen rillingen over de rug, en is een gevalletje ‘nomen est omen’: we zijn een kind geworden in de dystopische, zwart-wit arthouse film van The Visual.”

Dansende Beren (BE)
“Hun korte set ging van chaos naar extreme sereniteit in de finale. Nadat Anna met haar gitaar de microfoonstaander aan diggelen gooide, sloot ze in haar eentje af met het rustgevende “Hold Your Breath”.

The Daily Indie
”Tussen alle mystiek door vallen invloeden als Jeff Buckley en Beach House op. De hoogtepuntjes uit dit optreden zijn toch echt wel de nummers Lost in Translation en Under My Skin.’

Image by Willem Schalekamp

NME & Line of Best Fit
praise The Visual at The Great Escape

Thank you NME for the beautiful review of The Visual’s show at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton!

“The three-piece band’s sound tickles the same parts as Nick Cave, PJ Harvey or – most aptly – Jeff Buckley, thanks to the transcendent vocals of frontwoman Anna van Rij. Lost in the music, she at one point swiped her mic stand with her guitar, sending the microphone flying. Not quite Hendrix burning his Stratocaster, but an affordable version of the same.”

The Line Of Best Fit named the group one of the highlights of the festival:

‘The Visual are a trio from Amsterdam who make textural and affecting music which snaps between the epic and the angular. Fronted by the husky-voiced Anna van Rij, their best songs find a place when the ambience is tuned up a notch with synthetic beats and loops. But it’s really van Rij’s voice which remains the core of the set – winding the audience along with it and leaving smoky trails behind. Cinematic is an understatement.’

📷 by Jamie MacMillan Photos

The Visual live on BBC Radio 6 Music

Yesterday we flew into Manchester for The Visual’s live radio session with DJ Vic Galloway (sitting in for Marc Riley) on BBC Radio 6 Music!

The band chatted about how they started making music together, the new album ‘Moments of Being’, the Dutch music scene, our collaboration with them and lots more. They performed ‘Figure’, ‘Under My Skin’, ‘Open Your Eyes’ and ‘Hold Your Breath’ live. You can listen back, starting at 19.30, here!

Many thanks to Vic for having us.

 

The Visual Release Music Video
For ‘Open Your Eyes’

We have something special for you today… a new music video by The Visual for their track ‘Open Your Eyes’, shot by filmmaker Mateo Vega in Antwerp. Head over to The Daily Indie, who premiered it (click here) for a first glance, and a read about what’s been going on in songwriter Anna’s mind during the coming into being of their album.

‘Melancholisch en poëtisch zijn maar enkele woorden die we maar wat graag associëren met de Amsterdamse band. De videoclip bij Open Your Eyes neemt ons mee naar een gedachtenwereld: rustig en meeslepend. De hele clip bestaat uit zwart-wit beelden, op één kleur na: rood. De indringende, mysterieuze kleur wist de wereld van The Visual binnen te sluipen en met resultaat. Je vraagt je bij momenten af waar je naar kijkt, maar gelukkig is er de muziek om je hand vast te houden en je tot het einde te begeleiden.’

Debut album ‘Moments of Being’ will be out on streaming on March 29th, it’ll also be available on beautiful 12” vinyl and CD. We’ll celebrate during the release show at Bitterzoet (presented by Paradiso). Tickets can be found here. Facebook event here.

Cheers to VEVO for the support!