Post-hardcore up-and-comers Lastelle are preparing for the release of their new EP ‘Delicate’, which includes previous singles ‘Coping Without A Cure’, ‘Distant Bodies’, ‘Departure’ and ‘Only Apathy’.
Vocalist Adam Rigozzi had this to say about the themes of the new release: “As a whole, the E.P focuses mainly on the subject of loss. Loss takes many forms and, whether it’s love, death or health, it is something we all deal with. Delicate tells our stories, and how we’ve dealt with our personal experiences of loss.”
To celebrate the release of ‘Delicate’, we caught up with Adam from the band who took us on a track-by-track run through of the EP.
01.) Distant Bodies
We chose to start the EP with the most full-on track of the record, to really catch the listeners’ attention from the get go. Traditionally we have merged our influences to attempt to form a cohesive blend of ambience and aggression – this track focuses more solely on the aggressive side of our music. Distant Bodies focuses on the effects love can have on your mental health when it isn’t felt the same from both sides, and the music reflects this with its jarring rhythms and tempo changes. The line “The brightest colours in my life leave me and black and white” sums up the whole song’s meaning in one sentence. I think this is a feeling that most people would have been able to relate to at some point in their life, as sometimes what we think is best for us, can manifest as the opposite.
02.) Only Apathy
Taking a different approach to Distant Bodies, this song starts slow and builds to the chorus. Dynamics are often hugely overlooked in rock and metal – we think it’s important to concentrate on the “quiet” as much as the “loud”. We had a few different versions of this song, with different choruses and in different keys, but the end result became probably one of our favourite tracks. This song again focuses on mental health, but from a different perspective. Coping with your own is one thing, but having to deal with other people’s is very different. Seeing someone you know – a friend or a lover – fading away from you because of their own internal struggles is harrowing to see and to deal with. Unfortunately it can affect your own mental health when someone becomes reliant on you. The lyric “I hope that you find peace before leaving me in pieces” sums up how trying to find the balance of selflessness and selfishness isn’t easy without hurting either party.
03.) Coping Without A Cure
This song happened so quickly. It was one of those tracks where you sit down to write and it just happens, with everything naturally falling into place seamlessly. We wanted to focus on cinematic melodies and atmospherics, and this is what came out the other end. The song is about Alzheimer’s disease, from the perspective of the afflicted’s former self, looking at what they’ve become and what they wish they could have said to ones they love. It comes from my personal experiences of losing a family member to it. I was a kid and didn’t really understand much at the time, but looking back it was a very strange experience and it must’ve been very hard for everyone in my family, who knew what was going on.
There were a few different versions of this song throughout its infancy, but the end result was a song that focused on all corners our music, both instrumentally and vocally. It’s got the heaviest part of any of our tracks, but also draws from some of the more atmospheric parts, with a bold choruses. This is another track that focuses on our personal experiences of dealing with illness. Losing a loved one to cancer is a horrible process, and one that a lot of people have had to deal with. This song is a reflection of that process, as well as the realisation of our own mortality that death can bring you. Lyrically, I personally think it’s the most powerful track on the E.P, and it ends on the lyrics “But there’s beauty in death. I found closure in absence. I was blessed to have loved you and lost you, than never have loved you at all. I hope you’re happy now.”, which rounds the song off by showing the eventual acceptance of death.
This song is a short ode to our love of ambient music; post-rock, soundtracks, ambient electronic, etc. It can almost be considered a “part 1”, with A Letter Unread being “Part 2”. The trumpet on the song is a nod to a future vocal melody on the EP, and is actually performed by our bass player Freddie. Brass sections are definitely something we’d love to incorporate more into our music in the future too. It’s musically dissimilar to anything we’ve tried before, but we’re always looking to experiment with atmospheric layers and soundscapes.
06.) A Letter Unread
As the “ballad” of the E.P., this track was all focused around building to the final crescendo. We wanted to expand outside of the usual sonic textures of a 5-piece rock back, implementing additional instrumentation, with a focus on the piano and strings arrangement at the beginning. Lyrically this song looks back on a failed relationship; a desire to return it to the glory of its prime; how once love starts to disappear it is unlikely to return. “That letter you left, A reminder of, how fragile this trust, how fleeting this thing we call love” represents the brutal truth that not all things that are broken, can be fixed.
Lastelle‘s new EP, ‘Delicate’, is set for release on February 26th, via Year Of The Rat Records/Beth Shalom Records.
You can pre-order the EP via the Beth Shalom Records‘ official store (here).