IOSONOUNCANE – IRA

Emanuele Chiti per TRISTE©

La pianificazione dei trasporti è un aspetto del mondo che ci circonda che moltissimi di noi trascurano. Siamo circondati di cose che non ci rendiamo conto di quanto siano importanti ma, anche giustamente, ignoriamo del tutto o alla meglio non ce ne curiamo. O ci lavori e stai dentro in pieno ad un determinato argomento oppure devi essere davvero curioso del “come funzionano le cose”.

Perché questo preambolo? Non si parlava di musica qui?
Perché proprio leggendo in giro (che per i nostri tempi frenetici si traduce: da Wikipedia in su) di pianificazione dei trasporti e di quanto impattano sulla nostra vita e le relative ansie, perdite economiche, impossibilità di fare le cose, ho ragionato sul Valore del Tempo. Il VOT (Value Of Time) è una grandezza proprio usata nella pianificazione dei trasporti ed indica il valore monetario associato al tempo impiegato per muoversi.

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(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 27: White Flowers

White Flowers (Credit: Hanna Cobb)

Brought up on the sounds of nearby Manchester – think New Order and The Smiths et al – Preston’s duo White Flowers, made up of Katie Drew and Joey Cobb, on 15th January 2020, the duo released their debut double A-side single Night Drive / Portra on Tough Love Records, followed on 8th May by Day By Day / Katy Song (the latter a wonderful Red House Painters’ cover), both co-produced by Doves’ guitarist, Jez Williams.
Following the release of the two 12″s in 2020, White Flowers returned with the Within A Dream EP, a four song collection, released on 15th January 2021. this time co-produced with Ali Chant (PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius, Portishead).
All their videos and records to date, and the artwork for the singles are created entirely by the band, an example of their intentions to create a defined White Flowers universe distinctly their own.
Their (long delayed) debut album, Day By Day will be out next week on Tough Love Records.

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(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 26: Would-Be-Goods

Would-Be-Goods

Would-Be-Goods, the band fronted by singer Jessica Griffin, owes its name to the 1901 novel The Wouldbegoods, by children’s author E. Nesbit.
On the first album, The Camera Loves Me, released in 1988, on the legendary él label, Jessica was backed by members of The Monochrome Set. In 1993 she worked with the Monochrome Set on a second album, Mondo, produced by Monochrome Set singer Bid and released on the Japanese label Polystar and then on Cherry Red in England. Peter Momtchiloff, formerly of Talulah GoshHeavenly, and Marine Research joined the band in 1999 and two EPs, Emmanuelle Béart and Sugar Mummy, were released in 2001 and 2002 followed by a new album, Brief Lives, released on Matinée Recordings and Fortuna Pop!
The band recorded a fourth album, The Morning After, in 2004 and a fifth, Eventyr, was released in November 2008. There were rumors that band began working on a sixth album in 2019, but it was only in October 2020 that Jessica Griffin began a new project: writing a song a day, with a new title provided every evening by her partner and bandmate Peter Momtchiloff. All the songs were written and performed by Jessica. Fifteen of the songs were released on Bandcamp (as three five-song EPs) in March 2021.

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Damien Jurado – The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania

Francesco Amoroso  per TRISTE©

Mettetevi nei panni di un cantautore folk che si appresti a lavorare sul suo prossimo album. Magari nei panni di uno di quelli che hanno una lunga e (moderatamente) gloriosa carriera già all’attivo.
Quale sarà la vostra prossima mossa? Abbandonare e evitare tutti i cliché del folk, le chitarre pizzicate. i testi introspettivi, i più o meno poetici commenti sulla vita e sulla società, rischiando di alienarsi lo zoccolo duro dei fan, nella speranza che la svolta possa interessare e convincere la critica, sempre pronta di solito, a scagliarsi sulla monotonia e scarsa attitudine alla sperimentazione dei rappresentanti del vostro genere musicale? Oppure preferireste muovervi su un terreno più sicuro, in un ambiente protetto che possa preservare intatte le vostre caratteristiche, senza sconvolgere chi vi segue da tempo, pur nella consapevolezza che, con molta probabilità, se tutto va bene, vi sentirete dire “l’ennesimo buon disco di… che non dice molto di più di quanto già detto dall’autore”?

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(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 25: Jim McCulloch

Jim McCulloch

Over three decades as the unassuming but pivotal figure behind some of Scotland’s most iconic pop, Jim McCulloch delivers his debut solo album. When I Mean What I Say will be released on Violette Records on 21 May 2021. Lush and textured, delicate and intriguing, it is immersed in the melodic tapestries of Laurel Canyon but rooted in Jim’s life in his hometown of Glasgow.
Bursting onto the influential mid-80s Scottish scene with the BMX Bandits, making his mark with The Soup Dragons and then with Superstar, Jim’s albums as Green Peppers identified a songwriter committed to the detailed sculpting of melody and expression. His craft and presence, both as a composer and performer, are felt on his contributions to the critically lauded collaborations between Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan. And in summer 2020 the second Snowgoose album, his psyche-folk project with Anna Sheard, was met with considerable acclaim.

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