(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 57: Sun June

Sun June (credit: Santi Dietche)

Sun June is an American indie band from Austin, Texas. The five members of Sun June spent their early years spread out across the United States, from the Hudson Valley to the outskirts of LA. Having spent their college years within the gloomy, cold winters of the North East, Laura Colwell and Stephen Salisbury found themselves in the vibrant melting-pot of inspiration that is Austin, Texas. Meeting each other while working on Terrence Malick’s ‘Song to Song’, the pair were immediately taken by the city’s bustling small clubs and honky-tonk scene, and the fact that there was always an instrument within reach, always someone to play alongside. Coming alive in this newly discovered landscape, Colwell and Salisbury formed Sun June alongside Michael Bain on lead guitar, Sarah Schultz on drums, and Justin Harris on bass. They released their first full-length album in 2018 titled Years via the magnificent Keeled Scales. The band coined the term ‘regret pop’ to describe the music they made on the ‘Years’ LP. In February 2021, the band released its second album, Somewhere, through Keeled Scales and Run for Cover. In the time since, Colwell and Salisbury have become a couple, so they’ve called this one their ‘prom’ record: a sincere, alive-in-the-moment snapshot of the heady rush of love. 
In January 2022 Somewhere got a reissue with three great bonus tracks.

Their Mixtape: That’s life!” – A mixtape of songs we’ve recently found or always return to.

Little Dragon – Ritual Union

*This song is the best feel good dance party weirdness that always brings joy.

Yebba – Distance

*I owe a lot of my soul fulfillment to the music supervisors of HBO’s Insecure. This is just the latest from a very long amazing list. The best!

Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen – Like I Used To

*Anthemic milestone of 2021 – Sharon Springsteen Angel Nicks mash up!

Laura Marling – Held Down

*I think if I ever go on SNL, I could do a pretty good Laura Marling impression. That said, she’s untouchable.

Fenne Lily- I, Nietzsche

*Sometimes we leave this record on the player for days at a time just to softly play us through the week.

The Mountain Goats – In Corolla

*We saw them play recently and it ripped.

Frank Sinatra – That’s Life

*Stephen doesn’t break into song often, but when he does, it’s usually this.

Primitive Radio Gods – Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in my Hand

*A song to end all mixtapes.

Somewhere (Expanded) is out now on Run For Cover Records and Keeled Scales. Look HERE for more information on Sun June.

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