My friend first introduced me to this up-and-coming mysterious boy/girl duo INK a few months ago, and ever since I have been hooked. Their songs are incredibly catchy, with their beautiful indie/soul/electronic/pop melodies. I find their sound and music so addictive that INK’s song “Ink Goes On” has already entered my Most Played playlist on iTunes, in just two months. INK is another gem the creative London music scene has produced, emerging on the music scene in autumn 2012. The duo has formed beautiful constructed enigmas around their identities, which leaves audiences, and myself, desperately wanting to know more about the band.

Although what we know about INK is little, this is what I can tell you. This mysterious London based duo comprises of Liverpudlian Miriam Massie, and Glaswegian Colin Mac. You can hear through their musical talent, that these artists have come from musical backgrounds, even though they are both very different backgrounds. Massie has a classical background, with being a classically trained pianist. Whilst Mac’s musical path has formed uniquely from hearing his uncle perform in cover bands, down at the local pub. In my opinion, Massie has a pop music flare to her voice, but she has chosen to do something interesting and unique with her sound. Instead of going down the pop music field, Massie has used her voice to create innovative indie music. Massie and Mac’s musical backgrounds form together to create a sound similar to Lykke Li and Sufjan Stevens. Although these artists may be their inspiration, together they form their own unique quirky sound.

Although INK is a new band, they already have formed an Internet buzz around their music and video. Not only have they worked alongside with Amy Winehouse’s Grammy Award Winning engineer Dom Morley, the Guardian has already declared that INK is “going to be massive”. With the help of Morley, INK creates a unique sound, with the perfect blend of indie-rock and soul. Their video “Ink Goes On” is a visually gratifying video, which transforms viewers into a modern day Alice in Wonderland. As their press release states, INK’s video creates “an anti-social media love song”, following the girl meets boy narrative, where the young lovers only communicate through handwritten ink love letters. Not only is “Ink Goes On” a beautiful song, but also the video is a film within its own rights.

Check INK out before they explode onto the music scene worldwide. Give your ears a break through purchasing their debut single, “INK Goes On”, both digitally (for £1.58- bargain, I know!) and on vinyl via ATG Records. And, to find out more about this addictive band, tour dates and to listen to more great music, go to:

“Ink Goes On” is going to be my summer song. It is the perfect accessory to a picnic in the park, with that Alice in Wonderland feel.

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About Melanie Moran

I am a Comparative Literature and Film Studies student at Queen Mary, University of London. What I enjoy about my degree is pushing myself to work hard and immersing myself in writing, literature and exploring the rich cinematic world. Some of my favourite novels include, To Kill a Mocking Bird and The Great Gatsby. Cinematically, I love the works of Wes Anderson, Krzysztof Kieślowski and Ingmar Bergman (with Wild Strawberries being one of my favourite films). I am originally from Melbourne, Australia. I moved to Cambridge when I was twelve years old, and London when I was eighteen. I love living in one of the world’s greatest cities, and utilising all London has to offer. I can explore and enrich my passion for the theatre, cinema, literature, art, photography, architecture, fashion and music in London. London is the cultural capital, which has allowed creative individuals like myself to be inspired and thrive. I am extremely excited to showcase the vast and extensive talent the Swinging City has to offer. I know there are amazing unsigned talented individuals from seeing these gifted individuals with my own two eyes, and also from working with the Roundhouse Rising Festival. I worked alongside the Roundhouse in Camden, to showcase an amazing line-up of emerging music. I saw just how many brilliantly creative and talented people there are in London and across Britain. Alongside with ‘Born in Britain’, I want to help unearth some amazing talent London has to offer.

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