Toronto, ON – September 11, 2020 – The dictionary defines nostalgia as “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.”

As Mipso’s Joseph Terrell recently observed, nostalgia can be a bit of a tricky thing to navigate. “I think there’s a double strangeness in looking back on our childhoods from our late twenties,” he notes. “For one thing, the memories themselves are fuzzy, deceitful. And then all the strongest emotions I can access – the moments of joy and triumph or heartbreak--feel unfamiliar, like I can’t see the world that way anymore.”

Mipso’s Let a Little Light In, out today, gives voice to the complex feelings childhood memories can evoke, and the companion video illustrates a series of moments on a typical summer afternoon in all their awkward, messy, mundane glory. Let a Little Light In appears on Mipso’s forthcoming self-titled album, out October 16. Listen to Let a Little Light In and pre-order the album here. Watch the video for Let a Little Light In here.

“I guess I’m old enough now to feel totally disillusioned about the politics and culture of the ‘90s--which is to say I’m seeing the era clearly! – but still it’s hard not to miss the wide-eyed wonder of being a kid.” Terrell laughs, “There’s probably a German word for this kind of negative nostalgia.”

Terrell’s bandmate Libby Rodenbough adds, “It was really tempting to take this song in a kind of familiar, bluesy direction, but we fought the temptation and tried to take into a weirder, quirkier zone. Joseph’s lyrics are like that; they describe nostalgia for childhood in a way it often feels to me: sort of uncomfortable and sad in an inscrutable way, but charged with the emotional memory of something beautiful.”

Mipso is the group's most communally realized work to date.  Mipso's members – Wood Robinson, Libby Rodenbough, Jacob Sharp, and Joseph Terrell, each a songwriter and lead singer in the band – collaborated closely with producer Sandro Perri toward the goal of shaping a sonic landscape that is expansive and atmospheric yet also personal – “like an intimate voiceover to a dream sequence," as Terrell puts it.

With additional musical contributions by artful engineer/guitarist, Mark Goodell (Julian Lage, Margaret Glaspy),  Mipso's touring drummer, Yan Westerlund, and their longtime collaborator, Shane Leonard (on banjo, percussion, and synth), Mipso is a body of work with spacious arrangements that gently illuminate the idiosyncratic details and refined musicianship at the heart of every song.  

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