(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 14: Mt. Doubt

Mt. Doubt

Mt. Doubt is the project of songwriter and singer, Leo Bargery. Based in Edinburgh since 2015, the band have recorded three full length studio albums and toured across the U.K. They’re sound draws for a wide array of influences and tends towards the introspective and downbeat. We talked about their stunning latest album, “Doubtless”, out in 2020 on Last Night From Glasgow here.

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(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 13: Kindsight

Kindsight (Photo by Line Hvid)

Kindsight is a new act from the Copenhagen indie scene and the first act outside of Sweden to sign with Rama Lama Records (Melby, Chez Ali,  Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes etc.). Last fall, the young quartet released their two very promising debut tracks “Who Are You” and “Terminal Daze”. Two warm, nostalgic and atmospheric indie pop songs that got them praise such as “your new favourite band”. Now, the slow-burner ‘How I Feel’ follows and expands the sound of this promising act.

Kindsight are Nina, Søren, Anders and Johannes and formed out of Nina and Sørens shared love for The Sugarcubes. According to the band, the two of them then recruited drummer Johannes to “drag him out of an unsettling obsession with jazz-music” and bass player Anders was chosen “only because of his looks and his ability to fit into small bags.”.

The quartet makes retro-tinged indie pop that is instantly appealing and addictive. Nina’s vocals crowns the atmospheric soundscape perfectly and makes Kindsight something that’s been missing in Scandinavia for a long time. they’re recording their debut album at the moment which is really exciting!

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(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 12: James Yorkston

James Yorkston is a genius! His whole career is a clear evidence of this statement. His new album with The Second Hand Orchestra was released Friday 22nd January on Domino Records. We totally loved it and wrote a few words about it (in Italian) here.

What He Says:
James writes “This beautiful album I made with The Second Hand Orchestra, a Swedish band ran by Karl-Jonas, a man I have known for a few years now. The Second Hand Orchestra hadn’t heard any of these songs before the sessions. I flew to Sweden and said my hellos, then we all sat round and set up our instruments. I would run through a song, once, perhaps twice, and simply encourage the musicians to react to what they were hearing. The engineer would press record and – voila – we’d have a song down. This here album is the result of eight such castings of the net. We all love it – it was a joy to make and is fresh, spontaneous, and full of life x”

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(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 11: Clara Mann

Clara Mann makes soft “almost folk music” to make herself feel calm in a busy world. Now based in Bristol, Clara grew up in a small village in the South of France, and grew up with classical music always around her, from choral pieces to chamber music. She is a classically trained musician, playing piano and voice, with classical music playing a great part of her identity as a folk musician. She writes lo-fi songs to be played in the evening. She is one of the most exciting, original and engaging artists producing music right now. Her debut EP, Consolations, will be out soon on the wonderful english label Sad Club Records.

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(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 10: The Fernweh

credits: Christina Almeida

Liverpool band The Fernweh combine the baroque psychedelic sounds of ’60s bands like the Moody Blues and the Left Banke with British folk and a modern sonic punch. Their sound is made by three musicians who paid their dues as sidemen for years and used every sonic and melodic trick they learned along the way on their impressive self-titled first album, released in 2018.
The project started as an idea years before it became a reality. Guitarist Jamie Backhouse and keyboardist Austin Murphy, where at Glastonbury in 2007 with their band, where they were joined by bassist Ned Crowther, who was playing with its own band. The trio ended up sitting atop a hill discussing their shared love of classic American bands of the ’60s, psychedelia and British folk like Fairport Convention (whose album Liege and Lief became something of a guiding light for the trio.) Somewhere along the way, one of them suggested they should start a band. The sound they came up with was classic psychedelic pop with a huge swath of folky weirdness mixed in. The Fernweh’s debut self-titled album was released by Skeleton Key in late 2018. Their new single “The Wounds Of Love” is out now via bandcamp.

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