Mina Tindle, the project of Parisian singer/songwriter Pauline De Lassus, has shared her new video for “Jessa”, using footage from 2017’s Sounds from a Safe Harbour festival in Cork, Ireland. The video features a dance routine by De Lassus’ sister-in-law Jessica Dessner and is featured on her new album, SISTER, her third full-length out now via 37d03d. Listen and order the album HERE.
Watch the video for “Jessa” HERE.
The album track was 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). It opens the record as something of a title track, a homage to De Lassus’ sister-in-law with themes of sisterhood and a celebration of female creativity running through the album. Brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner also feature in the video’s background.
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.”