Triptides: Colors - Triptides hails from Bloomington, Indiana – not the first place that comes to mind when listening to their latest EP, Colors, a six-track psychedelic symphony. Triptides consists of Glenn Brigman on vocals and guitar, Josh Menashe on bass and vocals and Josh Morrow on Drums. Colors is a substantial addition to the band’s discography, a set of shoegaze-infused tracks (it is also available on cassette tape, a relic of the past).
The first song and title track, ‘Colors’ kicks the EP off with hyper tempo and relentless drums. The vocals remain barely distinguishable throughout, and the song truly takes off when they submit completely to a tripped out bridge, full of feedback and reverberating echoes of Brigman’s guitar. ‘Destiny’ follows, a significantly slower song, reminiscent of the Flaming Lips circa At War With The Mystics. ‘Destiny’ may be the EP’s strongest song, and most indicative of Triptides sound – heavily ambient, a little rock and always a bit weird.
‘Throne of Stars’ continues the acid-washed sounds of its predecessor, a track of ambient psychedelia. Reverberating guitar riffs float over the steady drums, vocals carrying over the top like a cloud. A schizoid bass line rings throughout, the grounding force of the song as the vocals build in layers of echo and digital enhancement.
The EP’s fourth track, ‘Moonbeams’, earns its title with successful execution of ambient rock and shoegaze bliss. Drums hold their place in the song, but allows for the soaring bass and vocals to shine through, although like ‘Colors’ the vocals in this song are barely audible as words, but emerge more as an instrument itself.
The fifth track, ‘I Don’t Know’, steps away from the complacent ambience of the previous tracks and presents itself as a song of psychedelic rock purity. It begins with a lazy bass line and shiny guitar riff. The layers of sounds within the track individualize it from the rest.
Colors concludes with ‘Lullabye’ another track in the style of the Flaming Lips. The vocals sing, “Summer time can get the best of you” a melancholic testament to the dangerously lazy days of summertime. ‘Lullabye’ carries out like a lullaby, a sleepy track that speaks to the bittersweet sadness that comes with the end of summer, echoed by its place at the end of the EP.
Colors shows Triptides greatest strength: creating tracks that allow the listener to lose themselves within the music completely, to be fully submerged in the tripped-out ambient bliss of their music. A perfect selection for summer, Colors maintains this other-worldly sound throughout. It’s quiet beach rock, music to watch the stars or float down the coast…8/10