Tristeza is an instrumental post-rock band from San Diego, California and they have been doing their thing for a few years now. They’ve released two great albums (Spine And Sensory and Dream Signals In Full Circles) as well as a bunch of EP’s and 7” singles and even a record of remixes. All that aside, their latest effort A Colores is the group’s first without founding member James LaValle who left in 2003 to pursue his Album Leaf project full-time.
I loved their EP’s for Gravity Records as well as Dream Signals and really didn’t know what to expect from this new Jimmy-less Tristeza. Well, it is more of their signature indie rock on psychedelics that (for some) might seem repetitive and relegated to simply being background music. This is not the case. Each successive listen reveals more layers that pull the listener into the dream worlds they create. The music is intoxicating. Atmospheric, melodic, beautiful lush soundscapes are exactly what you’ll get on A Colores. It is out now on Better Looking Records.