By Holly Hearn
Release Date: June 23, 2017
Label: Requiem Pour Un Twister
From basements in Bloomington, Indiana, to a full European tour, there is no doubt that the Triptides have evolved since their inception in 2010. Afterglow is the group’s most recent release with sounds reminiscent of early works, but now with an even more notable beach-pop energy. Songs like “Invitation” hit all the psychedelic rock check marks and successfully infuse an obvious West Coast sound. Meanwhile, “Love Me Too” is a bop perfect for eating an orange and soaking up the sun this summer.
Afterglow is the fifth full length album by Triptides, following the 2015 release of acclaimed album Azur. With the return of Shaugnessy Starr to drums, Afterglow notably features great psychedelic beats in mesmerizing tracks like “What For?”. Additionally, there are smooth transitions between the songs, making the project easy to be listened to in its entirety. As Afterglow shifts from vibrantly joyous to carefree and lazy, it claims its place as a hidden summer jam gem.