Tristen Releases New Single DREAM WITHIN A DREAM
"Dream Within a Dream" is the new 7-inch single from pop savant Tristen, out May 10 via Louisville's This Man Records. Crafted from Edgar Allan Poe's classic poem, the single - like the mononymous singer-songwriter and musician known for her "knack for penning an infectious hook" (Entertainment Weekly) - marries complex, introspective lyrics with rollicking, jangly guitars.
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Hailing from the Nashville, TN underground rock scene, Tristen has established herself as a prolific, versatile musician over the past decade, whether touring in Jenny Lewis's Voyager band, collaborating and touring with artists like Vanessa Carlton and Robyn Hitchcock, or releasing three solo albums to critical acclaim. Her folk-oriented debut Charlatans at the Garden Gate (2011) earned her praise as "Nashville's best-kept secret" (Boston Globe), while 2013's CAVES, co-produced by Stephen Hague, recast her as a "synth pop siren" (SPIN). Her most recent album, Sneaker Waves, was described by Rolling Stone as having "Nilsson-worthy power balladry," while NPR's Ann Powers called it "bursting with great melodies and hooky arrangements that tickle the ear and won't leave your brain alone."
Tristen wields incisive, philosophical poeticism across her genre-bending catalog with an air of nonchalance. Seemingly-straightforward pop songs are never just that; there's always a hint of some darker truth to which listeners can relate lingering just under the beguilingly jaunty surface. Sticking with that theme, Tristen's new single "Dream Within a Dream" is the classic Edgar Allen Poe poem set to a 12 bar blues.
"There's a reason why Poe's 'Dream Within a Dream,' Thomas's 'Do not go gentle into that good night,' and Shelley's 'Ozymandias' remain classic," Tristen says. "They finger the wound of mankind, prodding at how mercurial this reality is, consciousness as participation in a shared reality, and how the sands of existence creep through all hands. It rhymes so beautifully. It had to be a song. I thought, perhaps it would be easier to remember these classics if they had a familiar musical background, like the 12 bar blues."
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