Caves

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All Music Guide - Timothy Monger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Timothy Monger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/2013
  • Label: Pupsnake Records
  • UPC: 794504222661
  • Catalog Number: 1
  • Sales rank: 163,650

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 No One's Gonna Know (3:24)
  2. 2 Goldstar (4:10)
  3. 3 Easy Out (3:44)
  4. 4 Catalyst (3:51)
  5. 5 Winter Night (4:29)
  6. 6 House of War (3:11)
  7. 7 Dark Matter (3:36)
  8. 8 Monster (3:58)
  9. 9 Forgiveness (2:57)
  10. 10 Island Dream (3:26)
  11. 11 Startling News (3:27)
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Album Credits

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
Mike Marsh Mastering
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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