(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 15: Rachel Love

Rachel Love

Me and some friends formed the band Dolly Mixture in 1978, I was 15 and the other girls were 17. We were very serious from the start and learnt to play our instruments quickly as well as learning song writing. 
I’ve been in other bands since and 8 years ago started making albums under the name ‘Spelt’ with my husband Steve Lovell, ex record producer who worked with artists  such as Blur, Julian Cope, Holly Johnson and Morten Harket.
Last year I started writing a solo album and we recorded it all at home. The first single is Primrose Hill. I was inspired by a painting from the top of the hill looking out over London that my parents bought in the 60’s, I always loved it.

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(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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