Triptides — Visitors (April 13, 2018) ••• Los Angeles~based quartet employs a kaleidoscopic blend of breezy, retro~West Coast pop, knotty punk, and gritty, groove~laden psych~rock.
••• 2018 release. After the acclaimed Azur (2015) and Afterglow (2017), Triptides are already back with their sixth album, Visitors, the LA based band is probably delivering it’s most accomplished album yet. Visitors deepen the exploration started with Azur, digging deeply into fifty years of psychedelic pop music with their trademarked pristine and charming melodies. However, the finer production and musical arrangements shows a real leap forwards in the band recording skills and maturity: the songs of Glenn Bringman and Josh Menashe never chimed that beautifully and accomplished. A truly great accomplishment for a band that has never stopped progressing since it’s early days.
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Genre: retro~West Coast pop, knotty punk, and gritty, groove~laden psych~rock.
Styles: Neo~Psychedelia, Alternative/Indie Rock
Album release: April 13, 2018
Record Label: Requiem Pour Twister
01 All My Life 3:16
02 When Will I See You Again 2:19
03 Visitors 3:50
04 Flashing Before Your Eyes 2:45
05 Heavy Cloud 4:09
06 Sunday in the Park 5:57
07 Saturday Far Away 4:01
08 The Illusion 2:53
09 Mary Anne 4:20
10 My Friend 5:38
11 Strange Love 6:45
12 Child of God 5:47
••• Glenn Brigman : Vocals, guitars, farfisa, mellotron, drums, sitar, electric harpsichord, tambourine
••• Josh Menashe : Vocals, guitars, bass, farfisa, flute, piano
••• Modeste Cobián : Flute on Mary Anne and Heavy Cloud
••• Dylan Sizemore : Backup vocals on Sunday In The Park
••• Recorded and mixed by Triptides in Los Angeles, CA
••• Additional mixing by John Warlick
••• Mastered by Mathieu Berthet
••• Sleeve by Jeremy Perrodeau
••• Photography by Gabriel Fernandez
••• Layout by Etienne Gimenez
ATTENTION : Due to the length of the album, we could not press every songs on one unique vinyl LP without jeopardizing the sound quality, instead of making a double LP that we don’t really like, we decided to make it this way :
• LP contains 10 songs pressed but CD and Digital contains the full album (12 songs)
• Those who wants the two additionnal songs on vinyl can take the Limited edition 7” (CRM022 Heavy Cloud / My Friend)
AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra; Score: ****
••• Visitors is Triptides sixth album and the L.A. by way of Indiana band exhibit no discernable drop in quality; delivering another gloriously trippy slice of bedroom psych~pop. The duo of Glenn Brigman and Josh Menashe hold true to their vision of recreating the swirling sounds of late ’60s UK groups like Tomorrow and Pink Floyd, while keeping the whimsy on a low boil. Instead, there’s a rock hard toughness under the jangling 12~string guitar guitars, biting 6~string guitars and wistful voices that gives the album a kick and provides a very solid foundation from which to launch their tuneful flights of fancy. And the songs are quite fanciful, whether the band is in full daydream mode like on “Saturday Far Away” or “My Friend,” rollicking gently as on “All My Life” or kicking up paisley swirls on rockers like “Mary Anne,” their melodies are sticky sweet and the hooks are sharp.
••• This album seems a little more cleaned up than some of their earlier work, but they still show a mastery at crafting echoing, atmospheric sounds that complement their tunes perfectly. The new twist to their approach brings the band a step or two out of the bedroom and lends an air of professionalism to the record. It’s not far from the sound bands like Plasticland or the Rain Parade got in the ’80s and that’s high praise. Those bands conjured up the sounds of their psychedelic heroes without sounding like slavish imitators, they used modern recording techniques wisely and they got a full, rich sound most bands in the ’60s couldn’t come close to. Triptides do all those things too, and against the odds, they keep getting better.
••• Visitors is their best sounding record to date and anyone with even a passing interest in psych~pop should start here, then work back through the rest of the band’s impressive catalog. ••• https://www.allmusic.com/
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