British indie-pop sensation Minke made waves today with a brand new single called "Maybe 25." Supported by the likes of Zane Lowe and Spotify, she is on the fast track to becoming one of the most exciting indie artists of 2018.
With "Maybe 25," Minke illustrates all of my issues with Tinder and online dating. Between "I'm on the right in the photo" and "I smile like I'm supposed to," her poignant lyrics about the fleeting nature of online connection and the awkward confusion of online dating are spot-on. In Minke's own words:
It was originally inspired by my fleeting past experiences with online dating. As I started to write, it became less and less about that and more a general observation on connection. We’ve never been more connected but disconnected at the same time. It’s made us more insular, less open to having a conversation with a stranger and maintaining eye contact for more than a second without looking at your phone. So it’s about longing for something more than that, whatever that is. Something real in a seemingly disposable world. Questioning if that’s still possible. Questioning if it’s got the better of you too.
"Maybe 25" is subdued and stunning. The piano is delicate and used just the right amount. Her vocal is reminiscent of London Grammar, but there is an element of throwback to the guitar which makes the track sonically unique. Do not sleep on Minke.