Make Me a Mixtape is a segment where we interview artists and have them make a mixtape of seven songs based around a particular scenario, explaining why they chose each song. This week, we chat with the New York City-based musician and filmmaker Jack Whitescarver, aka Amiture, who gives us the perfect seven-song soundtrack to a coming-of-age drama.
With the recent release of his debut album The Beach, Amiture dives deep into experimental synth-driven club music. Lyrically, his debut explores some dark and emotional themes that carry a cinematic quality over the lush soundscapes that are packed with flashy pop melodies and shuffling EBM-inspired beats. Amiture's experience as a filmmaker bleeds into his narrative songwriting, giving the album a visual aesthetic and romantic mood. When listening, it's hard not to picture yourself as the protagonist in a thrilling and artsy '80s coming-of-age film. Keeping this film aspect in mind, we asked Amiture to curate the perfect seven-song soundtrack to a coming-of-age drama, fit with descriptions of scenes unfolding before your very eyes—an ideal 2023 submission to Sundance.
7 Songs for a Film by Amiture
Bulgarian State Television Female Choir — "Polegnala e Pschenitza (Harvest Song from Thrace)"
"This song plays over the opening credits which appear all at once as text over the image of a middle aged woman sitting in a chair watching television in a huge skyscraper overlooking downtown Stamford, Connecticut (we only see the back of her). We find out later this woman is our protagonist's mother."
Benjamin Britten — "Peter Grimes, Op. 33, Act III: Interlude V"
"I've always wanted to make a movie where this is the love theme—slowly fading into the soundtrack every single time our protagonist and his lover appear together. Their love is a secret and seems to occur only in the corporate playground of downtown Stamford."
Sonic Youth — "Bone"
"This song appears without warning, at a moment of tremendous and immediate loss. I see our protagonist (I think his name is Richard and he's 19) walking through an office building lobby into a completely deserted street. Our Protagonist is beginning to lose it..."
Edson Natale [ft. Suba, Toninho Horta & Alex Braga] — "Viajante"
"This song absolutely plays over a scene of Richard watching his lover board a train to go somewhere secret (this film is also about corporate espionage). Richard has no idea where he's going but he see's it all through the window of his penthouse—slow zoom from Richard's view to his lover entering the train—cut to slow zoom from the train station to Richard in his window."
Kraftwerk — "Radioactivity"
"I will be fully transparent and say that this is my favorite song from my favorite movie, Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Chinese Roulette. This is when we get the big reveal that the person we thought was Richard's work associate is really his mother and she is in on the complex web of espionage."
DAF — "Liebe Auf Den Ersten Blick"
"Every good movie has a scene in a nightclub and you guessed it—our protagonist heads to the city to find his lover who he suspects has been sent on a mortally dangerous mission, of course he finds him in a strange punky gay club. Will they escape, or will the chaos of nightlife bring them further into an underground they cannot escape?"
Goldfrapp — "Felt Mountain"
"The two lovers are united, but their union is only possible with a dangerous commitment as devoted agents to the interests of their corporate overlords and our protagonist's mother. Their future is uncertain as their love is cemented but their agency fully removed. This song plays on the onset of this realization into the closing credits."
You can listen to Amiture's playlist below.