Theory Of Ghosts – EP1

Francesco Amoroso per TRISTE©

Music won’t save you from anything but silence/ Not from heartbreak, not from violence

Let’s shut the lid on this/ Let’s move this rock and seal this cave/ ‘Cos this show has over-run/ I am done, I am done, I am done/ I’d rather stick a sword in my eye/ Than go through this again/ I am moving to Alaska/ I am moving to the moon/ But you never get/ No, you never get/ Closure
(G. Johnson)

Nonostante sia uno dei miei parolieri preferiti di sempre, non sono d’accordo con Glen Johnson quando afferma che la musica non possa salvarti da nulla fuorché dal silenzio. A me la musica mi ha sempre salvato da tutto (pleonasmo voluto), forse anche dai numerosi danni che la musica stessa mi ha causato.
Perciò, nonostante un caro amico abbia preso a prestito il verso per dare il nome alla propria webzine, reputo che questa considerazione sia semplicemente il tentativo da parte di un artista fin troppo sensibile di mostrarsi cinico per non risultare fragile e indifeso. Tentativo malriuscito (seppur riuscitissimo dal punto di vista della metrica e musicale) perché (al pari dell’ I Don’t Love Anyone dei Belle And Sebastian) dimostra sostanzialmente il contrario.

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Hansan – Blod Eller Bläck (single release)

Hansan is a Swedish-German duo consisting of Swedish folk/Americana artist Sofia Talvik (who recently charted with her single Too Many Churches on folk radio U.S., and German cello genius David Floer. Together they create beautiful New Acoustic music under the name Hansan (derived from the Swedish word for the Hanseatic league, a trade union between Sweden and Germany originating in the 12th century). Their debut album Nattflykt was out in 2020 and all the songs are self-composed, inspired by everything from Jazz to old traditional folk songs.
Hansan draw inspiration from the raging seas and the Swedish magical forests, but also covers more difficult subjects such as the me-too movement (Hej Då), immigration (Sjung Min Lilla Näktergal) and break-up and independence (Du Du Du). A new album, Blod Eller Bläckwill be out on February 14th on Makaki Music.

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The Murder Capital – Gigi’s Recovery

Francesco Giordani per TRISTE©

L’infausta notizia della morte del grande, grandissimo Tom Verlaine (a così pochi giorni peraltro da quelle, non meno impreviste, di Jeff Beck e David Crosby…) mi ha costretto a tornare a riflettere su una delle categorie tassonomiche più sfumate, a tratti francamente indecifrabili, del contemporaneo bestiario musicale: post-punk. Cosa cosa designa, esattamente? E quel che designa, stricto sensu, è veramente lo stesso oggetto musicale a cui ci si riferisce quando oggi si sceglie di appellare una nuova canzone o la band che la intona “post-punk”?

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The Declining Winter – Really Early, Really Late (single premiere)

The Declining Winter is the band led by Richard Adams, the co-founder of the group Hood. Their sound is a unique blend of influences from lo-fi, electronica and post rock with a strong visual aesthetic inspired by the countryside of Yorkshire. Their debut single was The Future Sound of Hip Hop Parts 1 & 2 on Misplaced Music fifteen years ago. This was followed up by the debut album Goodbye Minnesota released by Rusted Rail in 2008 and, in 2009, by the mini album Haunt the Upper Hallways on Home Assembly Music. After a long period of silence, the band (now consisting solely of Richard Adams with various guests) returned in 2013 and 2014 with a couple of eps and a new album, Home For Lost Souls, in 2015, again on Home Assembly Music. Belmont Slope arrived three year later and, in 2021The Definition Glance 7″ appeared on Spanish indie label Acuarela followed by another single I Remember – the lead track featuring the words of poet Thomas Hood.

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(Make Me A) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 101: The Primitives

The Primitives

The Primitives emerged from the UK independent music scene of the mid-1980s, with a sound that distilled the shimmering guitar chime of The Byrds, the buzzsaw style of The Ramones and 60’s girl group melodies into two-and-a-half-minute pop gems.
After topping the indie singles chart several times, their widely acclaimed first album, Lovely, (released in 1988), made them one of the UK’s most revered alternative rock acts, while the international success of the single Crash saw them cross over to a mass audience. Further chart success followed, along with two more studio albums, Pure (1989) and Galore (1991), plus extensive tours of Europe and the US, before the band called it a day in 1992.
In 2008, Mojo Magazine named The Primitives’ second single ‘Really Stupid’ one of the top 40 greatest UK indie singles of all time. The band were reunited in 2009 by the untimely passing of their original bass player Steve Dullaghan, reforming to play a show in his memory later that year in their hometown Coventry; their first time on stage together for 17 years. Bolstered by the success of this and of a secret show in London, they went on to tour the UK in April 2010, followed by shows in the US and mainland Europe. The Primitives released the Never Kill A Secret EP through Fortuna Pop! in 2011 and, in 2012, a covers album Echoes and Rhymes, on Elefant Records.
An album of new original Primitives songs entitled Spin-O-Rama was released in 2014.
The Primitives went back into the studio in late 2016 to record tracks for the New Thrills EP, which was released in May 2017. Bloom! The Full Story 1985-1992, a 5 CD box set exploring the first wave of The Primitives’ career was released in 2020 on Cherry Red Records. In 2022 the band released the single Don’t Know Where To Start, their first new material in six years. The current line-up of the band includes original members Tracy Tracy (vocals), Paul Court (guitar/vocals) and Tig Williams (drums).
Don’t Know Where To Start is out now on Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records.

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