Tuesday, January 31, 2012

CD Review: Mina Tindle - Self-Titled

Note: This review originally appeared in the Illinois Entertainer.

Mina Tindle drifts through this self-titled EP as a free spirit, mixing eccentric arrangements with almost childlike vocals. The Parisian singer-songwriter frequently opens with acoustic guitar or piano and then adds instrumental quirks and layers of voices until she’s created a bizarre tapestry. Other times, she just keeps things simple and pretty.

“Henry,” with its fractured rhythms and discordant singing feels like a children’s recital that has splintered in numerous fun ways, while the more delicate “Plein Nord (Demo)” evokes images of angels singing a duet in French. Other songs, like “Echo” and “Some Things Last A Long Time” exude an intimate coffeehouse ambience. On the festive first single, “To Carry Many Small Things,” Tingle proclaims, “It’s a game you have to play without the rules.” She makes that philosophy pay off on this engaging U.S debut.

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