Nashville-based songstress, Tristen, is making moves in 2011 in a major way.
With a new album, Charlatans At The Garden Gate set to drop officially on Feb. 1, plans are also in the works for a winter tour that will land her on the West Coast after hitting The Basement in Nashville on Jan. 21 for her CD release show.
Growing up in Chicago, Ill., Tristen was singing at an early age and was exposed to several influences including The Beatles and a local oldies radio station that are still prevalent in her introspective work.
After graduating from DePaul University, the next and current step was to head to Nashville - where she has been a prize among budding young musicians over the last few years.
“Nashville is a song town,” Tristen said of her experience.
“And I felt like maybe I could give it a shot here, get away from home. You learn a lot about yourself by throwing yourself into a completely different environment.”
The new album, Charlatans At The Garden Gate, is a blend of modern pop with a mixture of vintage arrangements and twangy, mid –range vocal styling.
Opening from the start with “Eager For Your Love,” lyrics such as “Tame that nasty shrew ‘cause she knows what you’re up to/You gotta keep her thin and hungry, so she’s eager for your love” showcase a sweet but sour take on relationships.
Other standouts include “Avalanche” with its traditional flair and the ever-appealing “Baby Drugs,” along with the hip-moving rocker “Heart and Hope to Die.”
“I'm bored of people's diary entries made song. So I try to encompass broader ideas. I write about people, about how we relate to each other. You can analyze social dynamics and simplify everything into different patterns – sometimes people see themselves, sometimes they see others, either way I'm having a good time trying to figure things out.”
Clocking in shy of 40 minutes, Charlatans A The Garden Gate proves to be a listening experience that can be spun time after time with ease and enjoyment.
For more information regarding the album and tour dates, visit www.tristen.com or www.myspace.com/tristentristen.