February 2014 National Music Reviews

Review: Winkie – One Day We Pretended To Be Ghosts

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Winkie
One Day We Pretended To Be Ghosts
Self-Released
Street: 10.01.13
Winkie = The Soft Moon + Blouse
Any number of adjectives can be bandied about in a short space to describe the squelching, blissed-out, psychic, slurry, spaced or abrasive qualities of Loveless-esque shoegaze, but guitar-less isn’t usually one of them. For their debut LP, this NYC duo–Gina Spiteri, vocals and keys, and Peter Santiago, bass—sought out ghosts, dark abrasion and sugary vocal melodies and recruited A Place To Bury Strangers’ Oliver Ackermann to master the resultant tracks. Though it’s often difficult to distinguish one shoegaze project from another in writing—better to just place the headphones over your own ears—Winkie’s inclination toward the melodic structure buried beneath the fuzz is what places them alongside their already established peers. Was mbv too full of love for your horizontal head? Eat at Winkie’s! –Christian Schultz
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