Saturday, June 25, 2011
After Hours favorite Tristan Clopet has created an outstanding summer album. An album destined to be played loud, speeding along the coastal highway with the windows open and the warm, fresh air blowing through your hair.
From the bright guitars of the opening track, "A Summer in Sussex," through Clopet's signature soaring vocals, the Miami singer-songwriter has created a delicious indie pop album. It is Clopet's best work yet - a real breakthrough in his art.
Clopet's first long player is entitled, Name It What You Want, and is the result of four months of work with both LA-based producer Raymond Richards (Local Natives) and NY-based producer Justin Gerrish (The Strokes, Vampire Weekend). The result is a spacious mix of infectious rock that masterfully incorporates a wide range of instruments and sounds. The album mixes the best of British Indie Pop melodies with Clopet's blue-eyed soul, funky guitar riffs and beat-crazy nature. The LP features several Beatlesque flourishes that can't help but bring a smile to the listener.
Favorite tracks include the wonderful single, "A Chat with My Brain;" the breezy "When You Were Younger;" and the ambitious "Toutes Directions." I have been humming this album for the past week.
Clopet is giving fans a chance to name their own price for LP from his website. iTunes is also featuring the album at its standard price. In another nod to our social media-based world, Clopet had 7 of his Facebook friends back him up on vocals on the album's opening song. Currently, Clopet is touring major eastern and midwestern cities in support of the album. Looking forward to Clopet's return south.