Faustina Masigat – Faustina Masigat (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 40:56 minutes | 392 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front cover | © Mama Bird Recording Co.
Faustina Masigat’s self-titled debut album is rooted in her complicated relationship between traditional music schooling and her own expressive creativity. The lyrics of these tracks resonate with her commitment to self-reflection on artistic maturation by creating a sonic environment of fragile intimacy and vulnerability in the timbre of her voice and the simple guitar accompaniment.
Frustrated by academia and emotionally raw from a breakup, Faustina Masigat stepped away from her peers in her mid-twenties. She had come to realize that her personal and artistic maturation had been stifled by her relationships and her overly angular traditional musical schooling. She knew she needed to spend more time alone, committed to a process of unlearning, before she could move forward. As she peeled back the rigid layers of her youth, she began to write the songs that, a few years later, would make up her debut record. Seeking honesty over perfection, her approach to composition became much more intuitive; seated in the natural expression of not only her emotional life, but also that of a spiritual life, an expression of her own femininity, and a means of self improvement through self reflection. She became obsessed with the old, forgotten, second-hand guitars she would find in the “As Is” section of local music shops, believing that magic and songs still lived in the beat-up wood. One album track, “Willie Nelson”, manifested, fully formed, from one of these guitars – an ancient, labeless individual that she called “Red”.
The songwriting on her self-titled debut is all at once heartbreaking, intelligent, meditative and elegant – centered around a voice that is difficult to attach genre to. There is a quiet intensity running through the world that Faustina creates: sweet and heavy, a touch of angst, brutally honest, smoldering. The album is understated, arranged as to allow Faustina’s effortless rapport with pedal steel player Tucker Jackson (The Minus 5, The Delines) to shine clearest. It’s a spacious and lush debut, with all of her vulnerabilities laid bare in songs hemmed together with fragile intimacy.
01 – One Day
02 – Colored Glass
03 – Done Thinking About It
04 – Intervention
05 – Stay with Me
06 – Poverty
07 – Anthony
08 – Different Ways
09 – I Was His
10 – Willie Nelson
11 – Words Left to Say
Engineered by Rian Lewis. Mixed by Ben Nugent.
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering, Portland, OR.
Faustina Masigat: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Keys
Tucker Jackson: Pedal Steel
Nate Szytel: Percussion
Dan Bindschedler: Cello
Tyler Maxwell Bussey: Banjo
Rian Lewis: Electric Guitar