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Born and raised on the central coast of California, Richard Tripps is a songwriter and multi instrumentalist currently residing and recording music in Big Sur. His debut full-length album showcases his unique brand of breezily melancholic indie rock, reflecting the laid-back yet enigmatic vibe of his coastal origins. Combining elements of mystical folk, indie rock, and introspective songwriting, Tripps’ music transports listeners to a dreamy, nostalgic world.
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Perpetual Doom and Plume Records is proud to present the debut full-length album from Richard Tripps. Following 2022’s Right Back EP, Tripps’ full-length expands his brand of breezily melancholic indie rock into a stirring record full of mystical folk textures and thrilling songwriting—the musical equivalent of a late-night drive up the coast. For fans of Cate Le Bon, White Fence, and Cut Worms.
These ten tracks evince an easygoing mystery that is distinctly reminiscent of their origins at The Unknown, the studio and former Catholic church in Anacortes, WA where Tripps recorded with engineer Nich Wilbur (and his dog Cathy). The studio’s spectral presence is detectable on tracks like “Distant Memory,” with its organ, layers of ethereal vocals, and lyrics of long-forgotten days, and “Bless the Dead.” Speaking of the latter track, Tripps recalls hearing its chorus—“Bless the dead by walking in their stead”—burst out unprompted one morning from the studio’s speakers. “It was kind of spooky,” he remembers. “But the studio never felt haunted in a bad way.” For an album channeling the musical spirits of The Velvet Underground, The Beach Boys, and Leonard Cohen, it was nothing like an evil omen. Other tracks line Tripps’ strumming with a refreshing rock momentum. “Above the Surface” moves with propulsive energy, partly due to a late-night practice session with drummer Brian Noyes (Tomten), as Tripps takes on that universal feeling that “these days are never gonna feel right.” Jangle pop guitar and grieving for a canine friend drive the swirling “VCR.”
Richard Tripps brings it all together on the psychedelic closer “Saturday Flowers,” where swooning organ and Tripps’ rich vocals create an enigmatic texture. The song is an invitation to get lost all over again in the warmth and charm of this singular and delightful collection.
Release Date: June 23, 2023