After recently announcing news of their new album Exi, which is due Sept 8 via Republic of Music, Austin trio Love Inks have revealed a trippy new video for the second single from the record.
Directed by Detroit artist Aaron Valdez, the video for Sky Machine is a mesmerising work. It matches an array of vintage shots and scenarios with the delicate tones of Love Inks which makes for an incredibly beautiful pairing showing just how sleek this band’s sound truly is.
Speaking about the track, bass-player Kevin said: “The song is a reference to Yoko Ono who has always been the main inspiration of Love Inks. Her positivity through 40 years of public scrutiny has made her a higher level person – she turned a lot of hatred into beauty and love. Sky Machine is a homage to her.”
Love Inks are a minimalist group making music that harkens back to early 80’s UK (Marine Girls, Young Marble Giants) and David Lynch’s Roadhouse. The group’s sleek, needle-precise sound comes distinctly from Austin, Texas.
The trio use a combination of delicate guitar sounds, played quietly as if from a 12-foot deep well alongside a bass creating both tension and melodic release, in conjunction with an electronic drum machine. The triangle is only completed by Sherry LeBlanc’s voice which leads the listener through every song whether it be mellow or dark. These three elements come together in synchronised dignity to make Love Inks.
The band’s use of silence and approach to instrumentation makes their music direct and sincere harking a real testament to that little old saying, that sometimes less really is more.
Live dates to be announced soon.