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3.08 | 6 ratings | 1 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1999

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Golden Hill (4:51)
2. Beige Finger (4:46)
3. RMS 2000 (5:06)
4. When We Glow (6:14)
5. emphis Emphasis (3:25)
6. Muerte En Tu Sueņo (2:47)
7. Electrolytes (3:05)
8. The Marionette (1:34)
9. Cinematography (5:26)
10. A Little Distance (5:52)

Total time: 42:06

2003 Re issue with bonus tracks:
11. Macrame
12. Pink Elephant
13. La Verdad

Line-up / Musicians

- Christopher Sprague / guitars
- Luis Hermosillo / bass
- James Lehner / drums
- James LaValle / guitars
- Stephen Swesey / keyboards

Releases information

Limited 1st Pressing of 220 Gram Black Vinyl
Red & Black Vinyl

Reissued in 2004 with 3 bonus tracks, in Better Looking Records

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TRISTEZA Spine and Sensory ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(17%)
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Review by Tarcisio Moura
3 stars A post rock/math rock band from USA.; well, where else? It seems that every band that plays this genre comes from that country (albeit also from different regions). Iīm not an especialist or even fan of this kind of music, but since I like to try something new once in a while I decided to give it a shot. Besides, the name was quite curious (Tristeza means sadness in portuguese, but I donīt know if there is any connection with my native language).

This is their debut and I found the music inside quite interesting: guitar driven, as it is common with post rock bands, but there are (discreet) keyboards too. The tracks are all short (the only exceptionis When We Glow, which clocks a little over the 6 minute mark) and totally instrumental. As usual on this style, the melodies are quite delicate and minimalistic. For the casual listener they might sound repetitive and without much structure, but after some spíns itīs easy to find that they are quite nice and atmospheric (NOT new age). Different, ok, but not self indulgent nor too freakish like so many avant guard or īmodernī stuff Iīve found during the years. Here the music is definitly more on the soft side, like a soundtrack of a film, making you think of nice landscapes and travellings.

The album has no highlights, neither there are lows. It flows consistenly during the whole 42 minutes of its duration and it didnīt sound boring at all. You may take some time to really get into this album (again, my case, Iīm not really a fan), but it is worth to get to know this band. Specially if you like instrumental soundtracks with lots of subtle details and melodies.

Rating, 3.5 stars.

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