Please believe me when I tell you I was not compelled to write about Hidden Pictures simply because of the male part of the duo’s striking resemblance to Elliott Smith. I mean, it certainly helped (and it’s pretty eerie), but their music struck me in a sweet spot as well. It’s simple, pop-infused rock, with sugary vocals, bells, and guitar. Bordering on the radio-friendly line, Hidden Pictures (aka Richard Gintowt and Michelle Gaume Sanders, from Kansas) have a bit of work to do to round out their sound but their forthcoming album, Synchronized Sleeping, shows promise for a new level of maturity.
Check out two tracks from Synchronized Sleeping, which officially drops April 1, below.