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Mink Records DJ Set at Grauzone Festival

Marieke will be playing two Mink Records DJ sets at Grauzone Festival on Saturday – Grauzone is a festival in The Hague with a line up filled with brilliant acts, including a jam featuring Damo Suzuki (!) of legendary krautrock band CAN together with members of Kikagaku Moyo & Bo Ningen, Thurston Moore, Legowelt, The Murder Capital, Automatic, Shortparis, Shame, Deutsche Ashram and many more. See you there? More info and tickets here. 

 

 

Documentary featuring Anna of The Visual out now

Available since today via 2Doc.nl / NPO 3 after being premiered at Nederlands Film Festival; a documentary by filmmaker Iris Grob & production house Hazazah, entitled ‘Alleen Op De Wereld’, featuring Anna van Rij of The Visual, who’s debut album we released back in March.

‘Anna is a young artist and looks for answers in her poetry and music. Kjeld lives in a small house surrounded by nature. In individual ways, they both try to give meaning to life.’

It also features some great shots from The Visual’s album release show in Amsterdam.

The documentary is in Dutch. Highly recommended!

 

Torii Release ‘Heat Lightning’ & Announce
Album Release at De School, Amsterdam

Here’s the music video for Torii’s recent single ‘Heat Lightning’, created by band member Jilles van Kleef and Pauline Bauvin.’Heat Lightning’ is the first single released by Dutch psychedelic pop outfit Torii, taken from their upcoming album ‘Return To Form’ (out February 2020).

Torii shrewdly borrows stylistics and bends them to its whims, like on the sweltering soul melodicism of ‘Heat Lightning’, which thrillingly accelerates into a motorik-indebted slipstream.

Many thanks to Spotify for placing the track in New Music Friday, and all other radio stations, blogs and playlists who have shown their support.

The album release show in Amsterdam, plus shows in Utrecht and Rotterdam have just been announced:

  • 1/2 Utrecht, Ekko | FB Event 
  • 13/2 Den Bosch, Willem Twee | FB Event 
  • 22/2 Amsterdam, De School | ALBUM RELEASE | i.c.w. Subbacultcha | FB Event
  • 29/2 Rotterdam, V11 | support: Global Charming | FB Event 

 

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

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 Birth of Mink Music Publishing

Very happy to announce we have signed a deal with the lovely people at Cloud 9 Music, marking the birth of our new venture ‘Mink Music Publishing’. We have a lot of respect for Cloud 9 as a company – and all they’ve achieved in dance music, and look forward to being their gatekeeper for alternative indie music, and exploring the crossover potential in our respective specialisations and network. The news was featured on Entertainment Business. Thank you Pieter van Bodegraven and the team for the trust and enthusiasm. Big things coming!