Love Inks: “Skeleton Key”
There’s little subtlety when it comes to music in Austin–from our “live music capitol” moniker to the Red River scene, everything is about grabbing attention in a showy manner. But Austin trio Love Inks grab attention with a less-is-more approach.
This week saw the release of their debut album, E.S.P. It’s a collection of smoky dance-pop songs that are tailor-made for Saturday night–or more accurately, the quiet drive home from a Saturday night. With just a drum machine, synth notes, and lead singer Sherry LeBlanc’s ethereal voice, Love Inks can conjure up a world of emotions. Songs like “Blackeye” are built around a repeated hook and a driving rhythm, but album standout “Skeleton Key” slowly unfolds around a lonely melody, building the tension all the while.
The group is holding a joint record release and tour kickoff show tonight at the Legendary White Swan, an old blues club on East 12th Street that should suit the trio’s dark vibe. In the meantime, you can take a listen to “Skeleton Key” below.