(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 70: Future West

Future West

Future West is a 4-piece Alt./Indie/Lo-Fi ensemble conceived by frontman Francis Watters some years ago. With their studio HQ based in Dundalk, Ireland, the band have been busy at work this past year after a recent signing with Galway based label Blowtorch Records. The band have recently put out two singles in 2022, Late Last Nite and All My Sins with a third, Give You My Time,  to follow in June. Presenting the live show as a four-piece band and with a speaker full of beats, loops and samples, Future West deliver their own unique style of indie/noise-rock tinged with synth-pop/pulsing dance beats with Watters maintaining relentless honesty in his thought provoking, emotive and witty lyrics. The band have spent the last 18 months writing and recording under a new line up and their second album is finished and due for release mid 2022.

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(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 69: Winter Moves

Winter Moves

Winter Moves are an Edinburgh and Glasgow based-band founded over Facetime in 2021 by songwriters Fraser Macintyre (Linburn) and Leo Bargery (Mt. Doubt). Born in during the pandemic lockdowns in Scotland, Winter Moves grew out of a remote friendship; sending ideas for songs, full songs and everything in between back and forth. This creative outlet was a real source of positivity for both writers and soon a real collection of songs were starting to form. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Bargery made the most of moving into a house with a piano. Sending MacIntyre voice notes as song after song took shape, Bargery received thoughts then ideas in return until one sketch was returned with a full arrangement in tow. MacIntyre, starting to build a makeshift studio in the living room of his Glasgow flat, threw a few of his own songs into the melting pot, and it quickly began apparent that the duo had stumbled their way into a new project of equal priority to their solo ventures. Currently they are piecing together their debut EP.

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(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 68: phoneswithchords


cut the kid will be the first album by phoneswithchords, stage name of Arthur Alligood, singer songwriter from Tennessee. He defines his debut album, which will be released on cassette on the fabulous Z Tapes on May 13th, as “songs about stuff that happened.” And Z Tapes gave us an absolutely incredible bedroom songwriter. His songs are understated and, frankly, just magnificent. Intimate, honest stories of lost love, just total heartbreakers.
Arthur Alligood aka phoneswithchords takes you to a pure beautiful homely world. All the songs on his debut album were recorded in his living room on a really old Mac computer with a cheap microphone and an even cheaper parlor guitar named Blanche.
Enough said. Just listen!

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(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 67: Birds In The Brickwork

Birds In The Brickwork

Birds In The Brickwork is the new instrumental project of self taught multi-instrumentalist and producer Benjamin Thomas Holton, who hails from England’s landlocked Staffordshire. Benjamin is a founding member with Rob Glover of the magnificent epic45, which, in the last two decades, released a series of widely celebrated EPs and albums, inspired by their surroundings and the ever-changing English landscape. He is also the mastermind behind the dream-pop and folk project My Autumn Empire, which released six records (five on his own label Wayside & Woodland and one for Sound In Silence) from 2010 to 2018. Ben has previously worked with July Skies, Bibio, Stephen Jones (Babybird), Hood and Ian Crause (Disco Inferno). As well as playing live with Mick Turner (Dirty Three), The Fauns and Riley Walker. Birds In The Brickwork, his latest solo project, focuses on the idea, which was central to the epic45 concept and poetics, of nature and the inescapable man-made landscape in further ways, via the medium of music and photography. In Novembre 2021 the first Bird In The Brickworks’ project, Twelve Months was out: a collection of twelve tracks, one for each month of the year, to accompany a calendar from Ben Holton’s photography.
Recovery, an album and collection of photographs that document the beginning of the recovery process following a severe back problem, is out now on Wayside & Woodland.

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(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 66: Marta Del Grandi

Marta Del Grandi (@Rishi Jha)

Italian-born Marta Del Grandi is an eclectic singer songwriter gathering influences from near and far to create a unique genre-splicing style, a jazz vocalist originally, now travelling her own unique and unchartered path. Marta studied Jazz Vocals at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, she visited China, then Nepal where she taught at the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory, before returning to Italy where she unpacked the influences and inspirations she’d soaked up. Re-connecting with old sparring partners and collaborators along the way, she met new like-minded souls and developed a plan that had first been ignited in Kathmandu’s rarefied air where she re-imagined her relationship with music and its with her. From there, songs became soundtracks, patterns emerged, vocals drifted over electronic synths, classical structures and ambient soundwaves ran abreast; strange nuances of texture evolved. Her vocal style matured; became folky, West Coast, ethereal, pronounced, enveloped, exotic, explorative, a chameleon-like presence counter-balancing her music. Marta Del Grandi has studied the fine art of songwriting, drawing from the wonderment of life, she weaves stories of marine fossils at the peak of the Himalayas, myths around precious stones and species on the brink of extinction. Morricone-esque in structure, with a hint of David Lynch, her music is playful and evocative. Signed to Fire Records, she released her debut album for the label, Until We Fossilize, on November 5th, 2021.

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