It’s entirely fitting that a city named after the power of flowers has given birth to a new psychedelic rock act. Triptides hail from Bloomington, Indiana (so-called because it’s a “haven of blooms” apparently) and seem hell bent on messing with your mind on half a dozen tracks of kaleidoscopic nostalgia.
The opening title track is virtually swimming in propulsive rhythms, breezy vocals and swirling keyboards that dazzle in the best space rock tradition. However, there is an immediate switch from energetic to chilled; ‘Destiny’ taking on a sun-kissed atmosphere courtesy of some deliciously languid guitars and breezy vocals and therefore showing a level of depth to the trio’s output. On the other hand, the strident forms of ‘Throne Of Stars’ and ‘I Didn’t Know’ display the kind of trippy, wigged-out psychedelia which an indelible stamp of late 1960’s all over it; the former in particular taking on very pronounced Eastern influences. All well and good but the lighter material is where the true gold lies.
‘Moonbeams’ takes up where ‘Destiny’ left off but looks even further to the heavens and heads for a dream pop destination in the clouds, with its glistening, doleful charms making it the best song here. As with the rest of the EP, the track still has its roots but this time the reference would be The Monkees’ ‘Porpoise Song’ crossed with The Pale Saints’ cover of ‘Kinky Love’. Finally, the relaxed grooves of ‘Lullabye’ is a joyous way to end ‘Colors’, with the band allowing the listener to rest again for a final time.
The EP is cleverly sequenced so that each heavier song is followed by a blissful number. It’s effectively the musical equivalent of being thrown back and forth between a room full of sweaty old rockers and lying in a peaceful meadow. It is the latter style which proves the most enduring; perfectly fitting in with the current trend of retro-driven dream pop.
Modern Rivals, Jefferson Airplane, Zoo Brother