"I Don't Run" is the second full length studio album by Spanish garage rock band Hinds. Produced by Hinds and Gordon Raphael, it was released on April 6, 2018 under Mom + Pop Music.
The Spanish group’s second album displays the superior songcraft of the band, as vocalists Ana Perrote and Carlotta Cosials wade through love’s messy feelings with confidence and exuberance.
Hinds specialize in songs about love—which are not the same as love songs. Their jaunty tunes don’t so much offer declarations of devotion as catalog all the conflicted emotions, second-guessing, and compromises that lead up to them. In a Hinds song, love isn’t the product of the universe bringing two soulmates together, love is the result of uncomfortable conversations and ultimatums issued after one too many casual hook-ups. But on I Don’t Run, the Madrid quartet wade through these messy feelings with confidence and exuberance to spare, taking us on a pleasure cruise through choppy waters.
On an album overflowing with cheeky ruminations on modern romance and pleas for commitment, the lo-fi acoustic closer “Ma Nuit” offers a stark portrait of Hinds’ day-to-day reality as touring musicians, and its inherent logistical incompatibility with domestic bliss. As Cosials’ Spanish-sung lyrics chronicle the difficulties of long-distance love, Perrote offers this glimmer of hope: “Every night when I’m on stage,” she sings, “I picture you in my favorite lines.” It’s a vulnerable moment, but for Hinds, this is what a proper love song should sound like.
Reviewed by Stuart Berman for pitchfork.com.