If you’re like me, you’re trying to figure out how to shop responsible ‘n small this holiday, rather than put a single penny more into corporate giants’ pockets. In the event you’re lacking inspiration, we’ve had the good fortune to touch base with Misty Mtn (Mo Trunzo + Lucas Segall) this week to pick their brains; the band has a few great suggestions for where to grab gifts, all of which you’ll find below.
And while you’re here, be sure to check out their brand new (like, BRAND NEW, as in RELEASED TODAY) seasonally-appropriate tune, “These Lights“! Inspired by a return to Montana, and informed by the volatility of this year, it’s a pensive synth pop gem you’re guaranteed to have on replay all month long. From the band:
“‘These Lights’ is that moment of, beyond your better judgment, going to your childhood home that’s no longer yours, looking up your ex on Instagram, seeing who got the job over you — allowing yourself to get lost in the memories but dance among the pain.
We’ve been doing some field recordings up here in Montana. If you listen closely you can hear us walking around in the snow. Stuff like that really helps start a unique atmosphere that can inform the rest of the production. We also wanted to bring in elements of the holiday genre without pinning ourselves into the corner of calling this a ‘holiday song’.”
The accompanying video was appropriately shot in Missoula, Montana, and it’s a nice little breather from the hustle and bustle (even in a pandemic) vibes of the city:
And now, without further adieu, here are Misty Mtn-approved spots to shop this season:
You want curated gifts that are unique and cooler than anything you could ever get at Target? Yowie
You want artisan goods from around the world that just so happen to be curated in the cutie town of Missoula, Montana? Aporta Textiles
Organic (and delicious) coffee, ethically produced, environmentally friendly packaging, and the cutest merch? Black Coffee Roasting
Candles that are subtle, adorable, and have names that would make even the Grinchiest person laugh? Cancelled Plans
Hand-painted cowboy boot / cowboy hat earrings? Zuck
Beautifully dyed and sustainably made sweat sets in adult AND baby sizes? all the babies.
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Featured image by Kelsey Talton