Pitou’s ‘I Fall Asleep So Fast’ Turns 2!

Today marks the second anniversary of the release of Pitou’s second EP ‘I Fall Asleep So Fast’! We can’t believe it’s been two years since we released this beautiful record by a truly remarkable artist.

To celebrate, we have a 20% discount in our webshop for the record on 12” vinyl and CD. Valid until May 18th. Use code: IFASF2 at checkout. We ship worldwide.

Click here to order the CD, and here to order the vinyl.

A note from Pitou:

“I Fall Asleep So Fast turns 2 today. Some songs stay in the past and some songs travel with you through the years. The title song is one that has travelled with me. Guy Garvey kindly said: ‘hearing the vocals to this song is like watching a high-wire act’ – and that is exactly what performing the song still feels like and means to me. I miss playing, but will continue working on my album in the meantime. Hopefully we will see each other some day after all this. ❤️ Pitou”

The EP received a sea of critical acclaim from major platforms and radio stations such as NME, Clash Magazine, Line of Best Fit, The 405, DIY, Europavox, BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 1, Radio X (all UK), Radio FIP (FR) 3FM (NL), and many more. Pitou was named one of the 12 ‘Talents For 2018’ by 3VOOR12 (the music department of the national broadcaster) in The Netherlands, and ‘One To Watch for 2018’ by The Independent.

‘Regimented but gentle (…) Mechanical but empathic. Like Tinkerbell serenading you from the far side of a wormhole, or an archangel contemplating eternity in some heavenly hall of mirrors.’ – Gigwise

‘Spellbinding”; “heavenly”; “unique”. The adjectives that have been deployed to describe her music are as numerous as they are effusive. And as her fingers dance across her guitar strings, it’s easy to be mesmerized — whether viewing the world through the prism of alcohol (“Give Me A Glass”), dealing with self-doubt (“Be Delicate”), or the wonders of new love (“Debt Of A Lover”), her songs flutter and float like a cloud, slowly coalescing into grand shapes and forms. Sometimes, as Pitou proves, less really can be more.’ – Europavox

’I don’t know exactly how to describe this, but Pitou’s songs reach straight into my soul. Her way of singing instantly brought tears to my eyes. She creates intimate, minimalistic and above all beautiful folksongs, with mysterious melodies that remind one of Alela Diane, Laura Marling or Julia Holter. Not overly sentimental, but intimate and powerful.’ – Noisey VICE NL

One Year Since The Release of The Visual – ‘Moment of Being’

Oh how time flies… today it’s exactly one year ago that we released The Visual‘s debut album ‘Moments of Being’. On ​Moments Of Being,​ The Visual assert patience in unraveling their truths, little by little. The songs were all written throughout a four-year period in which Van Rij slowly but surely transforms her vulnerability towards the outside world into a life-affirming empathetic force.
To celebrate, we have a a 25% webshop discount on the album on 12” vinyl and CD for a week (enter code: ‘The Visual’ upon checkout). It’s also available online, of course.
The album received a sea of critical acclaim, from platforms big and small, including radio stations such as BBC Radio 6 Music, where they did a live session the the studio. Some reviews:
NME: ‘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 front woman Anna van Rij.’
The Line Of Best Fit: ‘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. Cinematic is an understatement.’
Gigwise: ‘Anna van Rij’s voice, cool and evanescent as the morning dew, veers between melancholy lethargy and emotionally wrought upper-register bends. Partner in crime Timon Persoon does his ‘voodoo soundman’ bit on keys, crafting an proper three-dimensional sound landscape at the tender locus of soundtrack and songwriting.’
3VOOR12: ‘Op het debuutalbum Moments of Being maken we zo kennis met de volgroeide versie van de band: duistere, zelfverzekerde dream pop die onder je huid kruipt en je niet meer loslaat tot je nummertje acht van het album hebt afgeluisterd.’
Europavox: ‘The Visual, the project of singer songwriter Anna van Rij, is one of the best, slow-burn sultry pop that’s by turns lush, intricate, and melancholic.’


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 / 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