Experimental and devoid of unoriginality or blandness, m1nk captures that esoteric trapped in the depths of creativity with their new video titled ‘The Far Side’. m1nk is the result of distant minds meeting in that cloud of sound and forming a musical marriage destined for greatness, with this video being just the latest offspring. Genres and styles meld and mold to combine something new, fresh, and innovative within the confines of 30 frames per second.
m1nk (pronounced ’em one en kay’) is a duo based in the UK and Greece, comprised of Barry Snaith from Wakefield, UK, and Erika Bach – German-born, raised in Australia and currently living in Ithaca, Greece. Having met each other on Soundcloud, they collaborated on the track ‘Bleed Through’, hitting the alt-rock chart on that platform after the first day.
Erika Bach (a.k.a. Lola Demo) comes from a more garage rock background with some electronic influences. Her haunting voice and edgy trash ethic sometimes remind us of a less hopeful Patti Smith. Barry Snaith (a.k.a. The Inconsistent Jukebox) moves effortlessly between genres, his productions encompassing everything from acerbic alt-pop and industrial soundscapes to French cabaret and dubstep.
For these two, writing together was instantly a natural and organic process, each adding what they felt at the time of writing. Sometimes structured and sometimes completely abstract, vocally and sonically.
m1nk produce dark, gothic, electronic soundscapes for the passionately dispossessed and sexually charged absentees of the blank gender nation. Their songs are about lust, disappointment and dangerous encounters. They are very distinctive, yet hard to define.
Barry’s influences include Bernard Herrmann, David Lynch, Francis Bacon, Robert Fripp, Captain Beefheart and Dali. Erika is inspired by stormy days, a little pain and ugliness, human kindness and bewilderment.
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For the Single ‘The Far Side’, Bach wrote the lyrics and melody first. “This is a song of yearning, waiting and disappointment,” says Erika Bach. With no particular sonic or musical structure, Snaith added the soundscape to fit the plaintive mood.
‘The Far Side’ released on August 1 across online music stores and streaming platforms, as well as Bandcamp. Find this and their previous single ‘Fuck You Up’ on Spotify and everywhere.
“Hauntingly ethereal… the imagery cloaked in a thickening black atmospheric is all at once petrified, desolate and withered yet strangely seductive in a darkening way”
– The Sunday Experience
“A dark edgy sonic trip… like David Lynch armed with a fuzz box”
– The Spill Magazine
“A stunning slab of gritty, grimy industrial electro reminiscent of the KLF at their idiosyncratic best. From the distorted, glitchy guitars to the impassive rapped vocals”
– Paul Kerr (The Devil Has The Best Tuna, BBC6 Music Selector)
“A genre-defying collage of electro beats, distorted guitar… surreal lyrics and spooky chanted vocals”
– Essentially Pop
“Apart from Lynch, this music brings to mind Portishead, The Bad Seeds, Nico, the softer underbelly of Lydia Lunch, and Siouxsie Sioux, and even the darkest side of Mylene Farmer. The lyrics take you to a noir place and, surprisingly enough, it’s not an uncomfortable one”
– Big Takeover Magazine