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Love Inks' debut album ‘E.S.P.’ was conceived and recorded with
strict, direct motives. No frills, tears through extravagant side roads, indulgent solos, certainly no jamming, and no extra instrumentation.The sounds captured within these 10 tracks are simply an electric guitar, a bass guitar, an old drum machine, at special moments a Moog Satellite and, most importantly, the simple yet poignant vocals of Sherry LeBlanc. The combined sound is minimalist dream-pop; imbued with raw emotion,
sexuality, and splashes of electronic colour. Focus is placed primarily on the voice, which is direct and honest and real.
"I don't even like rhythm, assonance, all that stuff. You just go on your nerve. If someone's chasing you down the street with a knife you just run." – Frank O’hara
“Our heroes are masters of simplicity and tact” explains Sherry.
“This sometimes leads to uncomfortable situations, but we never get caught by the blade.” Self-recorded in their own homes, Austin, Texas, and mixed by a friend; the idea was to get the purest signals from all instruments and feed them through an 8 track reel-to-reel, immediately warming the sounds and weaving it all together. This process was drawn out on a piece of paper in schematics before recording with the concept being:the less digitized, the better.
In March of 2010, Love Inks started the process with fifteen or more songs, and by June they were down to a solid ten.
The songs featured on ‘E.S.P.’ were written to showcase the essence of emotion behind each instrument. It started as an exercise and became the only way to do it, forever. With the guitar and bass, Love Inks found there is a way to drop it perfectly into the song, in between everything, so that the vocal can exist in its own world, floating independently above the song.
For the lyrics, Sherry channels the intensity and love between Yoko Ono and John Lennon. The art of Ono, inherently Japanese, is concise and inspired John Lennon to follow suite: "Try shaving it all off and getting down to the nitty gritty-- that's what I always try to write. I'm not interested in describing a fucking tree. I'm interested in climbing it or being under it." Give it to them straight, with honesty.
Sherry is also a firm believer in positivity. Her lyrics are never abusive or cynical.“We are a family, and in some ways stronger because we are always supportive. The album reflects a time and place for everyone in the band. A time to pear down to what is necessary, essential. Cut out complexity, and you'll find a deeper layer that is thicker and stronger. Like the human body, you'll eventually end up at a nerve; once it's once it's hit, that's when we know we're there, and that's when we press the record button.”