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April 11

The End of an Era

By Ella Miista
It's Friday! Of course that's not quite what we mean by the end of an era. It's Una's last day at Miista. Always filled with shoes, there's so much cake here today it's a small miracle we've managed to squeeze ourselves in here at all. Because a) there really is a lot of cake and b) we've eaten quite a lot of it, too. We're even doing some interpretative dancing to Enya as we listen to Una's choice of music. She has been at Miista since the very beginning. It was only her and Laura when the company was first launched. She's seen the company through everything and has been crucial to getting Miista to where it is today. But, all good things come to an end. She's been overseeing our production in Spain but her home is in London via Ireland - to spend more time here, she's found a different job in London. We're all sad to see her go but Una would laugh at that and say we'll see each other more often now. It's most likely true, actually. So here we are, excited. For Una and her new ventures, and the bottle of champagne waiting to be popped open to celebrate all the good times we've had. There's also the fact there's the whole weekend ahead of us for sunshine and careless fun. We might stay at the Pub on the Park until closing time and shed some tears over the departure of our resident crazy Irishwoman but while we'll miss her, we can't deny we're happy for her. Add a traditional Saturday afternoon at Broadway Market for some food bliss and a cultural trip to the museum to revel in some Italian fashion for the perfect weekend. Since interpretive dance and good times both need the appropriate soundtrack, we've posted videos to some of our current faves below! Sometimes good things (things that aren't massive delays) come from taking trains. Sometimes inspiration hits. That's what happened to London based artist Sofia Mattioli who was listening to music on a train once: “After a while I took my headphones off and she came up to me, started signing and then wrote me a note to say that she was deaf but could almost feel the music by my movement.” She then went and created a music video for Jamie xx's "Sleep Sound" of deaf people dancing. It's every bit as beautiful as you'd expect it to be. Wild Beasts say this on their newest video: "We were inspired enough by the absurdist approach taken by Talking Heads to don electric suits and dance in the ether on the top of a Beacons mountain. We wanted to capture the weightlessness of a song like A Simple Beautiful Truth, to attempt something so ridiculous as to be sublime. The experience was strangely liberating and we asked ourselves why we hadn't done this before." Yeah, why hadn't you? Directed by Klaus Thymann, shot in sunny Wales, it was a lil ridiculous and a lil sublime. Just the way we like it. Mapei's "Don't Wait" was first released in October last year and it was super popular with all the cool kids. It's now got an equally cool video ahead of her debut album supposedly out this summer. The girl with some odd living arrangements (she went to school in Stockholm, spent her summers in Rhode Island and at one point shared a flat with Lykke Li) she has an explanation to why Scandis do good music: "It gets dark at like three in the afternoon and there’s really nothing to do and nobody wants to go out so you need to make yourself have fun. That’s it basically." No video to accompany this but we'll let it slip. Much like the title suggest, it's a song for a Sunday morning. The legendary Detroit god is a rare appearance in London clubs and he has plenty of music appropriate for a Friday evening too - go see him if you can. If not, enjoy this! When Georgie asked Una this morning what she'd like to spend her day listening to, we were told One Direction and Enya. We may or may not have familiarised ourselves with the boy band but figured Enya is a better choice for the blog. The whole sailing away theme is kinda appropriate as well. With this we will check out to soon crack the champagne open. Good luck and lots of love, Una!
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