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by Cindy

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nowideau Cindy's dream pop sound sounds familiar, but Karina Gill's songwriting elevates 1:2 into a kind of basement-produced stratosphere. Don't let the sleepiness fool you. At least five of these songs are contenders for my song of the year. Favorite track: Deer in Japan.
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andyalford62 Somehow elevates itself above the low-fi, low-key, low effort presentation. I keep going back to it.. Favorite track: To Be True.
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Bohemian Square Sort of like staying up for 67 hours straight, listening to the third Velvets LP, and in sleep/deprived hallucinations imagining that the band had replaced John Cale with an also sleep-deprived Ronnie Spector. Maybe. Favorite track: Lost Dog.
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b:ck I have lost my heart to the singer's voice... Favorite track: Lost Dog.
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DrOz Just received this on vinyl in the mail today...am spinning it now, my first listen at proper volume levels in my armchair. An EXCELLENT album.
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My Friend 03:09
Party Store 02:14
Song 36 02:51
Lost Dog 03:55
To Be True 03:55
1:2 03:01


Cindy is a band built around the singing and guitar playing of Karina Gill. She became a musician only recently, having sat on the sidelines while ex-partners and friends made their stabs at it. Gill describes a chance encounter with an abandoned Squire Strat left in the basement by a previous tenant, “mummified in electrical tape with the remnants of a burrito on the head stock”, that led her to begin carefully strumming her way through simple chords and making her own songs. After one interesting self-released LP, still finding their footing, the band made the masterful and buzzed-about Free Advice, which went from a limited cassette on local SF label Paisley Shirt to vinyl pressings on Tough Love (UK) and Mt St Mtn (USA).

Cindy’s third LP arrives in quick succession, the quietly devastating 1:2. Jesse Jackson on bass, Simon Phillips on drums and Aaron Diko on keyboards weave the perfectly thin web behind Gill’s slow Velvety strums and murmured melodies. The rhythm section brings the crude flow, while the keys add subtle and surreal counterpoint to the withering world Gill depicts in her lyrics. “Songs tie together seemingly disparate things by the logic of mood,” Gill tries to explain. This isn’t dream-pop sunshine bliss; half-closed black drapes hang on the window where the narrator stares into the middle distance. “Sometimes you say you’re feeling small/You plan all day for your own funeral”, she intones in Party Store. Gill has a way of halting her phrasing that makes it feel like her thoughts are gently tumbling into the abyss. It’s this unsettling quality mixed with the hazy atmosphere that makes Cindy’s new LP 100% addicting and the perfect antidote to comfort listening. - Glenn Donaldson, 2021


released September 1, 2021


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Cindy San Francisco, California

Cindy is Karina Gill, Will Smith, Mike Ramos and Stanley Martinez. We're based in San Francisco, California.

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