(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 36: Postcards

Postcards (®Rachel Tabet)

Postcards is a Lebanese band formed in the summer of 2012 when cousins Marwan Tohme and Pascal Semerdjian met Julia Sabra. They were joined by Rany on the bass a few months later. Their first EP Lakehouse was released in the fall of 2013, while their second EP What Lies So Still was released in early summer 2015. Here Before EP was released in the spring of 2017 and their first album I’ll be here in the morning was released in early 2018. Their sound, at first influenced by American and English pop folk, evolved in something more complex and articulate with nods to dream pop, noise rock, shoegaze and jangle pop. The Good Soldier, their second album, out in January 2020 was a great step forward for the band’s sound.
The band, now a trio, delivers their third album, the wonderful After The Fire, Before The End in October via German label T3 Records.

What They Say: “We are a dream pop/shoegaze trio that formed in 2013, in Beirut, Lebanon. Our 3rd full-length album and 6th release, After the Fire, Before the End is due for the Fall of 2021. It was written between January 2020 and January 2021, in a year where we experienced the slow demise of an uprising we thought would change the country, an economic collapse with no end in sight, a crushing pandemic and an explosion that blew up half the city––courtesy of our politicians’ incompetence and corruption.
The album is one of mourning, for our city, its people, for our absurd past and suspended future. Sonically the album feels more raw and unfiltered than our previous releases –– for obvious reasons”

Their Mixtape: “here’s a short list of some of our favorite music/artists that inspired the sound and approach (among many others)”

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Jubilee Street 

Push the Sky Away specifically was on repeat for us in the last couple of years. Nick Cave’s storytelling and the band’s captivating energy that enhances his words, is incredibly inspiring for us.

Fiona Apple – Fetch The Bolt Cutters

Fiona’s latest album was so inspiring in the poetry of its lyrical rawness and the unconventional rhythms, sonically and technically. 

Galaxie 500 – Blue Thunder

Galaxie 500 capture this very intimate and nostalgic mood, great melodies and delivery, and they’re only 3 people (like us:)).

Radiohead – All I Need

Everything Radiohead do is inspiring, they manage to have so much depth and intricacy in the music while keeping a great sense of melody and “pop” aspect. This song (and all of In Rainbows) was on repeat for us during the writing of the album, and it inspired a different approach to synth playing.

Air – The Word Hurricane

The Virgin Suicides soundtrack is one of our favorites of all time – dreamy vocals over heavy band playing, something we often find ourselves doing, and we love the sense of storytelling through without lyrics, just music.

Electrelane – Gone Under The Sea

Electrelane’s raw and loose feel pushed us to feed off each other’s energy while writing, and focusing on unspoken communication through music and feel.

PJ Harvey – To Bring You My Love

We love everything PJ Harvey does, but this album (and track) inspired a lot of the guitar playing on this album, as well as her vocal melodies and vocal treatment.

Grouper – Heavy Water / I’d Rather Be Sleeping

We always go back to Grouper, she’s one of those artists that is always an inspiration. With this track, like all others, she manages to have a very dreamy, underwater-y feel without losing the depth of vocal melodies and lyrics.

After The Fire, Before The End will be out in early October onT3 Records. Look HERE for more information on Postcards.

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