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5 QUESTIONS FOR: Brit Tsewole of Senseless Optimism

Featured photo captured by Jake French

Senseless Optimism‘s (Or SO for short) Bandcamp profile cites a plethora of wide-ranging influences, as varied as Fela Kuti, Black Sabbath, and an “undisclosed and mysterious near-death experience on her 15th Birthday.” Dark to be sure, but this undoubtedly is what fuels the singer/songwriter Brit Tsewole‘s distinct and specific blend of lush, textured bedroom pop, punctuated with deeply personal and introspective lyricism about coping with an unkind existence. It’s 2021, and it’s the first 5 Questions article of the year. You know the drill. Let’s introduce…

5 QUESTIONS FOR BRIT TSEWOLE OF SENSELESS OPTIMISM

1. What’s the last GREAT album you’ve recently listened to?

Molchat Doma’s 2018 album ????? or Etazhi. I actually found their hit song off the album, Sudno, in a Facebook meme video and started scouring through the comments to find out the song title. I’ve been obsessed with them ever since. I can’t say I understand anything that they’re saying (in Russian), but I grew up listening to African music and had a similar experience. So didn’t affect my love of them one bit. The album is my favorite mix of dark and gloomy with a punch, though they use 808s instead of an acoustic drum set, it only added to the allure.

2. What band or artist would you most like to share a bill or collaborate with?

Layzi, I love her work. She’s fantastic, and we’re both trying to do the same thing. Hopefully when all this is over, we can share a bill one day.

3. What passions and hobbies do you follow outside of music?

All I do is music. I go to school and work part time but I live and breathe the music I’ve put out, and the music I’m working on for the future. I am constantly trying to find new ways to grow into the artist I aim to become in all realms of my life. If I’m not writing, playing, or recording new songs, I’m watching interviews, music videos, Youtube videos on other artists, and biographies.

4. What’s the one thing about the music scene as a whole you’d like to change?

I would probably say having more people come out to shows pre-quarantine, but when this is all over, I don’t think that will be an issue. Many, myself included, are missing going to a basement show or watching some of our favorite local bands fuel a mosh pit at the Worthen or Thirsty First. It’s something even I, who went to at least two shows a week, took for granted. One of the benefits of 2020 is that it really forced me to appreciate what I had and never thought twice about. I’m just excited for a time where we all can see some bands, meet new people, and have a collective musical experience.

5. What’s the most important song you’ve ever written thus far?
(This question comes from the previous 5 Questions interview Trevor Sullivan)

My most important song is called ‘Moody Afternoon’, a song that will be released later this year. It depicts my life in quarantine up until this point where I now have so much time on my hands depression begins to creep in. It leads to me overthinking, or sleeping to get away from it. “Moody Afternoon”s importance directly correlates with the meaning of Senseless Optimism, and what I strive to achieve as an artist: to find optimism in senseless times. Within this song, it’s about depression, feelings of despair, and being overwhelmed by my circumstances. Yet, I channel those feelings in a song to let others going through those feelings know, “You are not alone, even if you feel like you are.”

Senseless Optimism’s material can be found via her LinkTree central hub, which features links to all major sites and social media pages. Her most recent single “Half A Home” is available to stream and purchase on all major outlets. 

-Lilz Martin