Fresh off the release of her debut EP, ‘The Tearoom’ [This Fiction] and a successful trip to Austin, TX for the SXSW Music Festival last month where she dazzled in a series of official showcases, British musician Minke returns today with her music video for “Too Late,” directed by actress, comedian and director, Aisha Tyler and starring actor, Jean-Luc Bilodeau (ABC Family’s ‘Baby Daddy’).
Talking about the new video, Minke says, “The ‘Too Late’ video was a joy to be a part of, mainly due to the limitless talents of Aisha who thought of the concept, directed and edited the video,” she gushes. “I couldn’t have asked for a more talented and supportive screen partner in Jean Luc to bring this broken relationship alive and I’m proud of the end result. It feels wholly representative of the song as it captures the dizzy confusion I was feeling at the time when I wrote it and I can’t wait for people to see it!”
The same sentiments are echoed by Aisha Tyler, who adds, “Minke is a stunningly evocative songwriter. Her music is visceral and emotionally intoxicating — dreamlike melodies encircling a razor’s edge. ‘Too Late’ is so intensely captivating that coming up with a visual language for the video was a delight — all I had to do was let her creativity and rock star quality shine through. We had an absolute blast filming a relatively unseen part of Los Angeles; I can’t wait to do it again in the future.”
This Spring, is excited Minke will take her show on the road, playing a headline show on April 5at Hotel Café in Los Angeles, which has been upgraded to the main room. She will then join acclaimed American 3-piece X Ambassadors on their upcoming U.K and European tour, which kicks off April 29in London, before winding through Paris, Berlin, Prague, Warsaw and concluding in Cologne on May 8. Later in the month, she heads back to North America, linking up with GRAMMY®-nominated musician Kevin Garrett in San Francisco on May 19, joining his HOAX Tour as support in select cities, including Los Angeles, Austin, Houston, Dallas, Nashville before ending in Atlanta on May 31. For a complete list of tour dates and ticket information, please visit www.facebook.com/thisisminke/.
Minke will be playing songs from her recently released debut EP, ‘The Tearoom’ a 7-track collection of songs includes the previously released and critically acclaimed ‘Gold Angel,’ ‘Maybe 25,’ ‘Too Late,’ and ‘Something Better,’ (recently added to Spotify’s Chill Hits Playlist) plus 3 additional, unheard tracks ‘Another Me,’ ‘Frantic Love,’ and her latest single ‘Bite The Bullet’. Each song chronicling “two years of living in and outside of London, moving to Los Angeles, and going through two breakups.” ”It was a time of upheaval,” she says. “When I listened back to the EP, I didn’t realize how much I was writing about relationships—as well as just being heartbroken. To me, the word ‘Tearoom’ looked like ‘Tear Room’. There are many angles to it. It speaks to the sadness. I’m also British, so the name works on that level.” Available now on all digital platforms, listen to ‘The Tearoom’ EP HERE.
“It comes from the crazy time we’re living in and hoping for better, but the situation is dressed up as a relationship,” she exclaims. Elsewhere, the eighties-inspired “Too Late” highlights her dynamic range over a danceable beat. The tense “Another Me” doubles as what she describes as “a Peter Gabriel moment” and nods to formative progressive influences. Then, there’s the seismic “Frantic Love.” The track’s Pink Floyd-style expanse spotlights impressive fretwork on a hummable solo, reaffirming how “important musicianship is to me,” as she says.
“Songwriting is my therapy. It’s what I’ve done since I first picked up a guitar when I was eleven. It’s the only thing that makes me feel better, so it’s what I do. When people listen to the Tearoom, I hope they get whatever they need from it. It could be reassurance or someone to identify with. That’s what makes me happy. It’s all I can do.”