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Freaky-deaky LA group Triptides drop their sixth LP via the nice French imprint Requiem Pour Un Twister. They're not reinventing the wheel, Triptides they do offer up a way with melody, harmony and songcraft on Visitors that puts many of the current crop of global psych-rockers to shame. Songs like ‘All My Life’ and ‘Heavy Cloud’ are lovely ditties that will sound superb in a late-afternoon festival slot.

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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 10 April 2018

Six albums in now for LA psychedelic pop people Triptides and it seems like only yesterday they were unleashing the fifth of those 'Afterglow' and there are parts of this new album when I'm wondering if they should slow down a bit and sharpen their songwriting to the levels they reached during 'Sun Pavillion' and 'Azur' their two best albums in my opinion. 

'Visitors' though still has plenty to offer. I showcases a little more of a freaky organ driven sound that earlier releases particularly in it's opening half and it's not until track seven 'Saturday Is Far Away' that you hear the hazy Real Estate sound that they are so adept at producing. Elsewhere there's a harder edge to their sound which reminds me of Love circa 'Four Sail' still supremely melodic of course and full of the sort of kaleidoscopic melodies they simply seem to grab out of thin air. It's bright and breezy throughout and whimsical as hell as it drifts across the various sounds of 1967. Even at their least inspired this band still has a wonderful sound. Their guitars are just so wonderful sounding and for people like me who grew up with the Paisley Underground and their dad's old the Byrds records, Triptides are one of the few bands who regularly bring back the magic of those recordings. 'Flashing Before Your Eyes' is a particular favourite with it's 12 string sting and insidious floating melody that recalls if anyone the Dentists.   

Their best work? Possibly not. Enjoyable? Definitely. And at it's best the band have a capacity to thrill me in a way few modern era 60s influenced guitar bands do.    




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