Minden Share “Sheila”
New LP Sweet, Simple Things Out Friday
on Hit City U.S.A.
RIYL: Prefab Sprout, Ariel Pink, Dâm-Funk
Photo Credit: Jaclyn Campanaro
Listen to “Sheila”
“[It’s] good to have tunes as refreshing as Minden’s “Real Sugar” to fall back on… the plush groove of warm bass and glowing keys out-glucoses any Coca-Cola product.” –SPIN
“An indulgence you can’t possibly resist” –NYLON
“so damn good…easy breezy music that bears traces of Steely Dan’s 70s chill with a tablespoon of funk” – NOISEY
“Though bursting with their own sweetness, the band’s songs offer something little more enticing… Salacious themes of bondage and role playing juxtapose with frontman Casey Burge’s exquisite lyrics and bright delights.” –FLAUNT
Hit City U.S.A. is streaming “Sheila“, a new gem from Portland indie pop quintet Mindentoday from their new LP Sweet, Simple Things, due out on August 5th, 2016 on Hit City U.S.A. and now available for pre-order from the label. “Sheila” is available for instant grat download now at iTunes and Bandcamp.
Songwriter Casey Burge explains of the new track, “As the lyric goes, this song is the story of one of the greatest Loves I’ve known. It’s focused on idyllic beginnings and it’s luck heavy. I’m not typically one to name names but I wanted everyone to know, this time.”
There’s a subtle sexuality that penetrates Minden’s saccharine indie pop. Erotic themes of bondage and role playing juxtapose with frontman Casey Burge’s lighter subjects, such as searching for authenticity while selecting the right soda pop — it’s all enough to leave one wiping his brow and licking her lips.
On the Portland quintet’s upcoming album Sweet, Simple Things, Burge and his band — Lia Gist (vocals), James Taylor (guitar), Evan Houston (bass), Ryan Johnson (drums), Dan Talmadge (keys) and Papi Fimbres (percussion) — hone an evocative collection of smooth and danceable tunes, indulging in confectionary hooks laid over funky grooves. The LP is delicious in its oddity, befitting feel good moments from West Coast summers to Parisian night clubs.
There are elements of indie-pop’s modern legacy favorites, evoking Phoenix, Peter, Bjorn & John and Miike Snow, or contemporaries such as Unknown Mortal Orchestra or Ariel Pink, but Minden widely pull influence from far less expected artists: Azymuth on the album’s rhythms and genre-crossing, Dâm-Funk and his modern funk boogie, and classic soul-funk heroes like Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield, and Bill Withers whose vibes carry on throughout. But at the core, the songwriting is still pure, pop-rock bliss with its inescapable influences running from the Beatles to Prefab Sprout.