Hinds – I Don’t Run review

This second full-length album from the Spanish quartet Hinds, ‘I Don’t Run’, is far more brutally direct than its metaphor-rich predecessor, making this album far fresher in its honesty and a pleasingly lighter listen. It feels as though the band have gained confidence from their first release as they expose their true feelings and their struggles in life with love and friendship. The group are not ones to sugar-coat and this authenticity is admirable. There is a clear combination of anger and confusion at the big issues that the album deals with, along with the expected fun and carefree element of the group’s youth. The authenticity of the album carries across into the production, this is not a clean or polished effort but it is warm rather than the overly cold and sterile records that have been filling the indie pop shelves that Hinds belong on.

‘Soberland’ is a witty take on a love-hate relationship, with lyrics like ‘but how am I supposed to like you and stay away’ and ‘I hate your taste, I hate your background, Why don’t you talk normal once?’. It mixes a youthful naivety with an ageless wisdom and is by far one of the standout tracks on the album.

‘Finally Floating’ is wistful over the time lost being heartbroken as they lament how long an ex-has been on their mind with lyrics like ‘useless, overdose of time, stuck in this phase, in this phase’ and ‘I need to stay awake tonight, because you’re sleeping in my mind’. It’s a vocally clever track with a sugary sweet tune.

The hint of sadness on tracks like ‘Finally Floating’ is countered with the summery optimism of tracks like ‘New For You’ which are about the beginnings rather than the ends of love. With dreamy lyrics ‘Imagine walking on the Sun in Arizona, I don’t want to disappoint you now with my persona’ and a catchy, upbeat tune Hinds have shown their versatility. Overall, the development from ‘Leave me Alone’ is minimal, ‘I Don’t Run’ is a good album but leaves the listener asking whether Hinds have stagnated or if they can move further on in the future? This album is outstanding in its natural mix of the emotional ups and downs of life and the warmth of the vocals, instrumentation and production which make this a comforting and pleasant listen. But it’s familiar sweetness is also what holds it back from being truly interesting or challenging. Hinds sound like a comfortable mix of the alt-folk-rock of Wolf Alice and the dance indie-rock of the Arctic Monkeys but perhaps with more original voice, their next releases will leave more of a long-lasting impact.

Words by Sophie Shrive.

7/10.

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