Mina Tindle, the project of Parisian singer/songwriter Pauline De Lassus, has shared a new single, the gentle, flowing “Indian Summer,” produced and recorded by Thomas Bartlett, with musical accompaniment by Bartlett (Piano and a bit of everything), Benjamin Lanz (trombone,synths), Bryce Dessner (guitar), and Raphaël Séguinier (drums). Also released today is a video for the single featuring performances and filmed by Camila Dutervil and Indira Dominici in Sicily. “Indian Summer” is featured on her forthcoming new album, SISTER, her third full-length due out October 9, 2020 via 37d03d. Buy the single HERE and Pre-order the album HERE.
Pauline says of the video for “Indian Summer,” “Indira Dominici is one of my favorite artists, She seems to see and reveal beauty in people and things effortlessly. This song was originally inspired by Italo Calvino’s short novel ‘Under the Jaguar Sun,’ but Indira is a kind of magician and she seems to have changed the meaning of the song with her images. Camila Dutervil and her are telling me a new story with this video and I am mesmerized.
“Where you can’t love don’t delay
Where you can’t dance don’t delay… “
Merci mes beautés.”
Indira Dominici says, “Where you can’t love, don’t delay” – my friend Camila Dutervil would quote Frida Kahlo while we were on the road in Italy. I was looking for the mermaids I wanted to film, and Camila was my true-hearted travel companion. For some reason, I’ve mistaken the quote, and until this day, I thought it said, “Where you can’t dance, don’t delay.” In Sardinia, we drove to Is Arutas, the crystal sand beach, looking the polished colourful quartz stones, but arrived in a cold, windy, black&white day and danced, in and for the wind; The following year, we went to Stromboli, Sicily, and danced on and for the dark volcanic sand beach, feeling the pulse of the volcano in our bodies. Indian Summer brings back my memories of dancing in and for the waters, the air, the earth and the fire. With the women I love, my greatest friends, I wandered on my venture of capturing affection on film. Traveling home, cause you’ll always be my home.”
In a departure from the radiant alt-pop of De Lassus’ first two albums, SISTER brings that depth and contrast to a more heavily contoured yet beautifully nuanced sonic backdrop. The album was mostly made in New York City with producer Thomas Bartlett (Joan as Police Woman, Yoko Ono, Florence + the Machine), with additional production by Sufjan Stevens and Bryce Dessner.
SISTER is an album populated by mythic creatures of all kinds: lions on parade, lovers turned to cannibals, kings and Sirens and women with wings. Like any great fabulist, she threads her storytelling with a fragile wisdom, revealing essential truths about all the danger and wildness within the human heart. With each moment elevated by her spellbinding vocal work—a gift she’s shown in recording and touring as a singer for The National—SISTER ultimately makes for a transportive listening experience, at turns impossibly dreamlike and profoundly illuminating.
“With my first two records I was on a quest, searching for the meaning of life and love and absolutely everything, but in making this album I felt much more grounded,” says De Lassus, who notes that becoming a mother closely informed her songwriting on SISTER. “Instead of feeling nostalgic for the past or worried about the future, I’m living more fully in the present, and it makes all the colors feel deeper and more contrasted than they were before.”