During production for MINKS’ sophomore album, Tides End’s, producer Mark Verbos let Sonny Kilfoyle listen to four categories of music: Seal, Enigma, Simply Red, and early Chicago house music. That’s a pretty brilliant little cocktail. What came from it is an impressive sophomore album from a band that seemed doomed to be pigeonholed in 2011’s lo-fi craze.
MINKS’ two albums are full of contradictions. Their first album, By The Hedge, was recorded in Brooklyn but had the vacant production of an empty house on Long Island’s East Coast, which is where Tides End was recorded, even though that album sounds primed for a Brooklyn dance party. By The Hedge had multiple band members, but had a minimalist quality similar to Washed Out’s Within and Without. Kilfoyle recorded Tides End as a solo project, but it has a big band sound that falls in the sweet spot between alternative rock and popular rock. In fact, the only thing that seems to be a perfect balance between the two albums is the new music video for MINKS’ single, “Margot.”
Filmed by Kilfoyle, and directed by his wife, Danielle Harrington, the couple took to the road, driving and biking around Long Island. The track was inspired by an old portrait Sonny purchased, and the video seems to be a re-imagining of what this girls life might have been like. Watch it below, and be sure to check out MINKS’ new album, Tides End, out today on iTunes.