A native of Chicago now based in Nashville, Tenn., Tristen’s brand of earnest Indie Pop initially pointed to both her Midwestern Pop sensibility and twangier Southern influences. Her 2011 single “Baby Drugs,” from her first non-self-released recording, Charlatans at the Garden Gate, nudged Tristen into the spotlight, garnering positive reviews from Rolling Stone, Spin and many other big-time outlets. Tristen has been evolving as an artist ever since. The 2013 album Caves found Tristen returning to her DIY roots (she Kickstarted and self-released the record), but not necessarily her musical ones, as she shifted her impeccable Pop chops into an Electronic-based direction. Tristen’s voice is her most powerful tool — she’s equal parts siren and ingénue, weary and valiant, with her lyrics shooting through with precision and depth and her flexible musicality cheekily filled with bits of Dance Pop, Rockabilly and ’80s Synth Pop. She’s spent time in 2015 touring as a backup musician and vocalist with revered Indie darling Jenny Lewis, further cementing her status in the delicate-but-tough-as-nails camp.
YOU’LL DIG IT IF YOU DIG: Jenny Lewis, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Mount Moriah, Caitlin Rose. (LS)