Leave Me Alone is the debut album from Hinds, a quartet of Spanish gals with heavy guitars, big feelings, and tons of reverb. It’s top-notch slacker beach rock with a beer in one hand and a cig in the other.
This is one of those albums that feels so comfortable in your ear you’d swear you already know it at first listen. The sound is charmingly unpolished, with jangling surf guitar and harmonics that evoke California, but for those Madrid accents. They’re not the first cool chicks to strum electric guitars, and indeed borrow from the sound and swagger of those before them, but they’ve found their voice. They play with tempo and time signature to engrossing effect, and inject a drunken karaoke group-sing vibe into the choruses between soft-sung intimate verses. They draw you in like a new member of their clique.
In the vein of Courtney Barnett, Hinds is rock n roll with a stoner’s gait and a confessional heart. The album is about the push-and-pull of love, half “leave me alone,” half “I can’t get enough of your time.” They sing about bad boys, stealing candy, sex and secrets, and the mystical hold people have over each other. The drama of teenage love and angst plays out over beautifully layered guitar licks and the result is totally electrifying.