Single of the Week: Mina Tindle – Lions/Belle Prénitence

By Phil Scarisbrick

The ever-evolving 37d03d label is making real moves with the music it is putting out. The collaborative nature in which its records are put together have already seen some stunning results, with Eve Owen’s Don’t Let the Ink Dry and NAEEM’s new records being two of 2020’s highlight so far. This week, they announced the release of another exciting new project with Parisian songwriter, Pauline De Lassus, under her Mina Tindle moniker. Another veteran of the now legendary PEOPLE festival in Berlin, De Lassus also lent her vocals to The National’s I Am Easy To Find. Produced by Thomas Bartlett and Sufjan Stevens, Sister will be released this October and will be the third Mina Tindle record.

Ahead of its release, we get to sample two new songs. The first is Lions – a lo-fi number that builds around a minimal, funk-edged soundtrack that flits between layered vocals to create a gloriously immediate sound palette. The song describes the need to keep pushing forward, even if your bravery is just a pretence. The soulful delivery of De Lassus’ vocals are enough of a hook on their own, but the minimal sounding, yet intricately woven soundtrack seals the deal.

The second track – Belle Pénitence – is sung in French, but is no less immediate to non-French speakers than its Anglicised fellow release. Written as a love letter to husband and collaborator, Bryce Dessner, it follows the same stylistic approach to Lions, only with a more staccato feel. Both tracks build throughout, and reward the listener with beautifully expansive conclusions.

Now some six years since she last released a full album, De Lassus’ return was always going to be welcome, but these two songs have poured petrol on the flames of our excitement.

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