Track of the Week

frances mistry – like souvenirs

3rd May 2021


It’s the first Monday in May, and we’re welcoming in the new week and month with a brand new Track of the Week!

Take a listen to ‘like souvenirs’ from BIMM Brighton’s frances mistry and find out more about how the track came about below…

What was your inspiration when you began writing the track?

The inspiration behind the track was that I had a chord progression which I liked, but I didn’t have any lyrics, so I chose to write about my childhood with an old friend of mine, and it just fit so well with the sound. I got to take the song to a studio where a family friend, Martyn Barker from Shriekback, recorded some drums/percussion and helped me produce it.

Are there any artists that inspire you when writing?

Some artists that have inspired me recently in my writing are Arlo Parks, Bill Wurtz and Matilda Mann.

What is key to your sound, and how do you make your music stand out?

My writing sound I would describe as being Dream Pop, and I love to use very atmospheric distorted guitars. I think the melodies/top lines of my songs are a strong point of my sound.

How does your songwriting process work?

My songwriting process usually happens with me messing around on my acoustic guitar to find progressions I like, and then I’ll hum or sing some random words to find a melody that I like, and then I’ll figure out which lyrics fit best. I then will record it in Logic and trial and error what sounds best with other instruments.

Describe your sound in 3 words…

Dreamy, emotional, atmospheric

How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as an artist?

Studying at BIMM has helped highlight some new ways of writing, so now I’m writing a lot more than usual, which has helped my music improve. I’ve also picked up some tips for using a DAW more efficiently.

What’s next for you?

I’m hoping that I can progress as an artist socially and gain more recognition for my music by playing some shows when it’s safe to do so, and hopefully get more of my song played on national radio. I would also love to do some collaborations with other artists.

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