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Demolition Derby

by Minta & The Brook Trout

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1.
Easy 03:55
Pots and pans Bearing witness to my failed attempts At domesticity With someone other than you Cloths and cutlery Sometimes they seem to stare right back at me As I stumble through another Awkward night Hope there’s still some hope for me I want to learn to ride the wave Oh my friends Gentle and kind, wise and prescient Have been letting me down easy Now for weeks I’ll re-task The effort I put into colouring the past Into searching for a future I want in Hope there’s still some hope for me I want to learn to ride the wave
2.
From under a cloud of dust I swear I felt my soul reach out New-agey as it may sound I heard it whisper in a gravelly voice You can’t cut a slice of honey I’d found out the hardest way before Still I’m here for more It didn’t have to be the summer All those summer evenings gone to waste But it was the case From under a cloud of dust I swear I felt my soul reach out New-agey as it may sound I heard it whisper in a gravelly voice Enough International loss adjusting International just in time for the end That’s how I’ve been I’m not great at being angry Waiting for the other shoe to drop I’d rather not From under a cloud of dust I swear I felt my soul reach out New-agey as it may sound I heard it whisper in a gravelly voice From under a cloud of dust I swear I felt my soul reach out New-agey as it may sound I heard it whisper in a gravelly voice
3.
I heard a creepy rendition Of a song I used to love I was on the edge of thinking of something deep But there was someone at the door For a moment the man peddling real estate Looked like a handsome astronaut Lately I have the the attention span Of a tiny anxious dog I might Run wild At the very mention of a party At an early summer afternoon At myself reflected in a pretty stranger’s eyes For the littlest of whiles I went back into the apartment Holding a glossy brochure Of a house with a kidney-shaped swimming pool Surrounded by the fake outdoors So if I ever grow a fortune – by some accident i’m sure – We can all lounge in the lounging chairs And drink wine like connoisseurs I might Run wild At the very mention of a party At an early summer afternoon At myself reflected in a pretty stranger’s eyes For the littlest of whiles
4.
Halfway True 03:35
Who would have thought At thirty-six I’d find myself jealous of a cat Who’s sitting on your lap I make excuses To write to you I’m trying hard Not to fall Before I know it’s halfway true Halfway true Halfway true Halfway true How can I tell At thirty-six If this is wishful thinking Or a momentary lapse of clarity Keep it simple Isn’t that the golden rule? Don’t go catching any feelings Before you’re halfway through to sure It’s halfway true Halfway true Halfway true Halfway true If it’s only halfway true I’m happy to have gone there with you If it’s only halfway true Halfway to Somewhere new
5.
I wonder baby Did we get the chance to ruin every street in the neighbourhood Did we get the chance to ruin every part of the town we love Or do you want to go again Do you want to go again I wonder baby Are you ever going to come by and pick up the rest of your stuff Do you think we had the chance to break other’s heart enough Or do you want to go again Do you really want to go again I wish you would Stay off my mind I wish you would Stay off my mind I wonder baby Do you miss me most in the afternoon Will I stop missing you any time soon Or is this something else I’m going to have to learn to live with I heard it said baby There’s a time and a place for everything You shouldn’t mix up the end and the beginning For a lack of better words to describe the mess that we found ourselves in I wish you would Stay off my mind (some days I feel comfort in the weirdest things) I wish you would (some days I almost feel like myself again) Stay off my mind (somedays I’m almost one with the universe)  
6.
Chewing Gum 04:00
I got up past the third snooze again I had sworn this year would be different A blackbird was singing a straightforward song And I tried to harmonize with it I suppose it’s just how it goes After your thirtieth You want to believe you can be anyone But it’s pretty obvious Out of the abyss And into the groove I do the same thing Again and again Finally moving I go through my pockets For a stray piece of chewing gum Aspartame, glycerin, peppermint flavour Lanolin, sodium My best ideas die quietly At the altar of laziness I suppose it’s just how it goes After your thirtieth Out of the abyss And into the groove I do the same thing Again and again
7.
Here comes your baby Here comes your baby Now if only you were taller Here comes your baby And the room becomes much smaller Here comes your baby And the night is raw and tender All the sharpness is suspended What can you do but surrender? Here comes your baby You’d made up your mind to go home Here comes your baby There’s a riot in your eardrums Here comes your baby And the center starts to cave in There’s no point in trying to blend in There goes all that you believed in Here comes your baby There goes all that you believed in
8.
Matador 04:37
Under the vertical garden In the fluorescent light You came up with a plan Then you let it go Look at the vertical garden The shiny artificial plants They will never die They will never grow Go out of your way Or fake it through another day Everything is real Make your peace with whatever you feel The unwilling coalition of characters crowding your thoughts Make too much noise And way too little sense When you run out of excuses someday soon You might just linger In the present tense Go out of your way Or fake it through another day Everything is real Make your peace with whatever you feel

about

“Matador” was the first song I wrote that ended on the collection that was to be called Demolition Derby, in the faraway summer of 2018. Listening to it now, I realize a lot of the subjects that permeate the whole album were already there: artificial landscapes, dealing with the passage of time, self-delusions and disappointments and, finally, an attempt at being okay with a certain degree of inner turmoil: “make your peace with whatever you feel”, goes the chorus.

Demolition Derby is a weird choice of name, seeing as there are no such events in or near Portugal, where this band is from. But other than my being a sucker for alliteration, there was something in the imagery of cars wrecking cars, the sheer nonsense and waste of it all, that resonated with a quarter life crisis of sorts I was going through, as well as with an ongoing sadness at the climate emergency and the flabbergasting amounts of useless objects that are produced, sold and discarded every single day in spite of it.

This is the fourth full-length album in Minta & The Brook Trout’s history. It’s the one with the smaller number of songs in it, and the one with the longest songs we ever played. It’s the one with the least acoustic guitars and the most keyboards, the first without a single ukulele strum. It has a lot of stuff that made it to the final version all the way from my home demos, so I do love the fact that “demo” is part of its title. Everyone in the band sings in it, and everything you hear was recorded by the four people in the band: me, Francisca Cortesão (vox and guitars, some keyboards and percussion), Mariana Ricardo, who produced the record with me, for the fourth time in a row (bass, some other stringed instruments, synths, percussion, vox and the music to “International Loss Adjusting”), Margarida Campelo (piano, both electric and acoustic, synth, vox) and Tomás Sousa (drums, percussion and vox). We recorded Demolition Derby with our longtime collaborator Nelson Carvalho, who also mixed it. JJ Golden (of Golden Mastering, in Ventura, CA), who we reached out to knowing his work from Little Joy’s self-titled album, among other gems, mastered. Bernardo P. Carvalho, whose illustrations I’ve been a fan of for the longest time did the artwork, which is almost like a miniature graphic novel.

We usually take a long time between releases – our previous record wasn’t named Slow for nothing! –, mostly because we take a long time making sure we’re happy with how everything sounds and looks before sending it out to the world. Demolition Derby was no exception.

I hope you enjoy it.

Francisca Cortesão, Minta & The Brook Trout

credits

released April 16, 2021

Minta & The Brook Trout

Francisca Cortesão: vox, acoustic and electric guitars *
Mariana Ricardo: bass, vox **
Margarida Campelo: piano, electric piano, synth, vox
Tomás Sousa: drums, vox ***

all songs written by Francisca Cortesão, except “International Loss Adjusting”, music by Mariana Ricardo and Francisca Cortesão, lyrics by Francisca Cortesão

produced by Mariana Ricardo and Francisca Cortesão

recorded by Nelson Carvalho at Vale de Lobos, Sintra, assisted by Nuno Simões, December 2020
additional recordings by Mariana Ricardo and Francisca Cortesão at Hide and Make Inactive, Lisbon

mixed by Nelson Carvalho at Valentim de Carvalho, Paço de Arcos, February 2020

mastered by JJ Golden at Golden Mastering, Ventura, CA, February 2020

artwork by Bernardo P. Carvalho
graphic design by Joana Pardal

* piano and synths on “International Loss Adjusting”, percussion on “Neighbourhood” and Here Comes Your Baby”, synth and vocoder on “Here Comes Your Baby”
** electric guitar on “The Fake Outdoors”, percussion on “The Fake Outdoors”, “Halfway True” and “Here Comes Your Baby”, synth and charango on “Chewing Gum”, banjo and synth on “Matador”, vocoder on “International Loss Adjusting”
*** percussion on “Halfway True

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Minta & The Brook Trout make music in Lisbon.
Demolition Derby, the band's 4th album, is out now.

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