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Caves
     

Caves

by Tristen
 

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With her 2011 debut Charlatans at the Garden Gate, Nashville singer/songwriter Tristen established herself as an articulate and clear-voiced purveyor of folk-minded, acoustic pop songs with gentle strains of Americana. Her strong sense of melody helped her music skew more toward an indie pop angle rather than get too mired in rootsy old

Overview

With her 2011 debut Charlatans at the Garden Gate, Nashville singer/songwriter Tristen established herself as an articulate and clear-voiced purveyor of folk-minded, acoustic pop songs with gentle strains of Americana. Her strong sense of melody helped her music skew more toward an indie pop angle rather than get too mired in rootsy old-timeyness, and on 2013's Caves, she throws any remaining twang out the door, delivering an eloquently rendered synth-driven album. Jumping ship on acoustic music may have been a reaction against the traditional Nashville establishment, but the stylistic turn suits her music well. The brazen opener "No One's Gonna Know" is a diamond-sharp pop song filled with soaring hooks, and tracks like "Gold Star" and "House of War" contain the kind of lovely, pure melodies that thrive in the dreamy, electronic-based production. For the most part, the 11 songs on Caves are generally more midtempo lullabies than straight-up dance tracks, filled with complexity and effervescing with Tristen's independent spirit. Weaving throughout the album is her clean, effortless voice, which can coo, vamp, and soar, but generally takes a more subtle tack, dancing easily around the well-written lyrics and lush but not overbearing production. Caves may not have been the follow-up fans expected of her, but as Tristen's artistry continues to evolve, future left turns such as this will be welcome.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/15/2013
Label:
Pupsnake Records
UPC:
0794504222661
catalogNumber:
1
Rank:
182240

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Performance Credits

Tristen   Primary Artist
Stephen Hague   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Synthesizer Bass,Synthesizer Strings
Sam Smith   Drums
Chris Scruggs   Drums,Steel Guitar
Doni Schroader   Percussion,Drums,Electronic Drums
Jordan Lehning   Background Vocals
Tracy Dunn   Viola
Ryan Norris   Organ
Eli Beaird   Bass
Frank Seligman   Violin
Paul Ledwon   Cello
Matt Moody   Bass
Tristen Gaspadarek   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Vocals,Synthesizer Bass
Buddy Hughen   Bass,Guitar,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Matt Rowland   Synthesizer,Piano
Jordan Caress   Bass
Alex Caress   Background Vocals
Casey Kaufman   Cello
Megan Siebe   Violin,Cello
Judy Davis   Violin

Technical Credits

Stephen Hague   Additional Production
Bill Mims   Engineer
Sam Smith   Artwork
Matt Andrews   Engineer
Mike Mogis   Engineer
Darin Harmon   Management
Jeremy Ferguson   Engineer
Lydia Pasternak Slater   translation
Boris Pasternak   Composer
Tristen Gaspadarek   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Buddy Hughen   Engineer,drum programming,Additional Production
Christina Dunkley   Management

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