Review: Love Inks, E.S.P

Hailing from Austin, Texas, this acoustic-pop group released their debut album, E.S.P onto the world this month. The delectable three-piece features husband and wife Sherry LeBlanc and Kevin Dehan on vocals and bass respectively, with guitarist Adam Linnell completing the line up. The name Love Inks is said to come from an ancient voodoo of writing love letters that contained magic by using ink created from the burning of old love notes. 

The first single, Blackeye is a light, radiant composition which is accompanied by a  video which doesn’t do it as much justice as it could. A very short tune which ends just as it starts to vibrate happily under the skin. The lyrical content remains  positive and always will according to Sherry LeBlanc, “The album reflects a time and place for everyone in the band. A time to pare 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 hit, that’s when we know we’re there, and that’s when we press the record button.”

E.S.P starts off short and sharp but gradually lengthens although the total running time is only 26 minutes. An almost new romantic, dreamy sound which integrates nicely with the rain on a fresh summer’s day. Aside the abstract melodies, the haunting undertone to Love Inks seem to linger well after the album has played out.

All ten songs on E.S.P were written and recorded to “showcase the emotion behind each instrument.” Another positive point to note is that there is not an ounce of self-indulgence on this record; just pure, raw emotion. A UK tour is currently undergoing some fine tuning  so keep an eye on the website for further details.

E.S.P by Love Inks is out now on Hell, Yes! Records.

Download: Down and Out


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