(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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Mogwai – As The Love Continues

Francesco Amoroso  per TRISTE©

Sono sempre stato un amante delle parole.
Le parole mi fanno sentire a mio agio, mi confortano, mi danno una direzione.
E’ probabilmente per questo che sono un avido lettore, un ascoltatore attento e anche un gran chiacchierone (e, visto quanto mi dilungo quando scrivo, dubito che questa sia una gran rivelazione).

Senza le parole a spiegarmi il mondo, mi sento perduto. Il non detto, la comunicazione non verbale mi ha sempre messo in difficoltà. Mi accade così anche con la musica strumentale. Senza i testi (lyrics come dicono gli anglosassoni con una certa dose di enfasi) è come se vagassi per una città sconosciuta e non avessi la possibilità di avvalermi, non dico di un navigatore satellitare, ma neanche di una mappa cartacea.

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That Which Is Not – The Basic Sharpness Of Emotions

Peppe Trotta per TRISTE©

Svegliarsi un venerdì mattina ad inizio Febbraio e ritrovarsi improvvisamente in primavera. Trascorrere due giorni cullato dal sole, in un tepore straniante e finire la domenica sera immerso nella nebbia prima che esploda un violento temporale percorso da un vento gelido. È spiazzante passare tra poli opposti nell’arco di un frangente limitato, un’esperienza in apparenza banale, ma che per il modo in cui accade può divenire affascinante.

Allo stesso modo ci si può ritrovare in balia di un suono che gradualmente muta muovendosi tra atmosfere divergenti, un flusso sensoriale in costante trasformazione, coerente e privo di cesure, a cui abbandonarsi totalmente seguendone le suggestioni. Sono esattamente queste le coordinate alla base dell’itinerario di esordio di That Wich Is Not, neonato progetto che vede insieme Nicola Fornasari (Xu, Xu(e), La Petite Vague) e Pier Giorgio Storti (Morose, Belaqua Shua).

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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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