11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On her previous album, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Tristen crafted highly melodic, ambitiously arranged indie pop with an Americana tinge. For the follow-up, she leaves the twangy touches behind to focus on a bigger, more electronic-based sound. It's pure pop delivered on a cinematic-sounding scale, with a seeming nod to big-production synth-pop pieces of the ‘80s. While Caves has its quiet, reflective moments, “Catalyst” boasts a straight-up disco beat boosted by buzzing, angular synths. And despite its baroque-pop intro, “House of War” quickly finds its way to a midtempo dance-pop feel. Tristen has a voice that sounds equally comfortable leading the charge on a soaring, epic track like the album opener “No One’s Gonna Know” and on a low-key song like the wispy “Monster.” Though Tristen was still a Nashville resident as of this record’s release, Caves invites one to wonder whether her earlier earthy tones represented Music City’s influence on the Illinois native and if this album is the sound of a woman fully embracing her true pop personality.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On her previous album, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Tristen crafted highly melodic, ambitiously arranged indie pop with an Americana tinge. For the follow-up, she leaves the twangy touches behind to focus on a bigger, more electronic-based sound. It's pure pop delivered on a cinematic-sounding scale, with a seeming nod to big-production synth-pop pieces of the ‘80s. While Caves has its quiet, reflective moments, “Catalyst” boasts a straight-up disco beat boosted by buzzing, angular synths. And despite its baroque-pop intro, “House of War” quickly finds its way to a midtempo dance-pop feel. Tristen has a voice that sounds equally comfortable leading the charge on a soaring, epic track like the album opener “No One’s Gonna Know” and on a low-key song like the wispy “Monster.” Though Tristen was still a Nashville resident as of this record’s release, Caves invites one to wonder whether her earlier earthy tones represented Music City’s influence on the Illinois native and if this album is the sound of a woman fully embracing her true pop personality.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Slikquid ,

Awe

Saw her open up for Bell X1 on their recent American tour. It's amazing such a voice can come from such a tiny person. Great lyrics and awe inspiring music for her sophomore effort. Bravo.

Discriminating listener ,

Sumptuous Tristen

Having been captivated by Tristen at a live show in Houston, where she opened for Justin Townes Earle, I bought her first album at Fitzgerald's and have been waiting EVER SINCE for this album...and it does not disappoint. Reminds me of Slave to Love by Bryan Ferry in its atmospheric quality, but with intricate, intelligent lyrics. Love this girl!

deloreans8 ,

Good quality

This is really interesting music

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