Could anything be more perfectly timed than Hinds‘ debut album? The Madrid garage-pop band built the perfect amount of buzz ahead of it with EPs and a worldwide tour last year, then released on Friday, so early in 2016 that hopes are still high that this go around the cosmos will bring fewer bummers than the last. And so far, the promise of better days remains intact—in regards to Hinds, at least. Leave Me Alone gleefully rises to the occasion, simultaneously fulfilling expectations for the group and validating your New Year optimism.
We’ve already heard the opener: It’s “Garden,” the deceptively sweet sounding love song underscored by the rumbling of failed romance. That track made our Best Of 2015 list, and what follows is more of the perfect same, but with the occasional extra kick. There’s an overarching F-you in “Fat Calmed Kiddos,” a jump-off jolt in “Castigadas En El Granero,” which is pretty lyrically vicious. At one point, they even threaten to kill someone’s dogs. It’s probably not a literal threat, of course, but still — yikes. Though their tunes might be generally carefree, Hinds make sure there’s no question about the potency of their pluck. On “And I Will Send Your Flowers Back,” there’s an obvious degree of detest: “What goes around comes around,” they chant, and it rings more like a curse than a subtle warning.
Leave Me Alone, then, is sonic proof of that ethos — and it’ll likely inspire you to adopt the same adage in your own resolutions, not only for this year, but always.