Nashville singer-songwriter Tristen is ready to put her killer vocals on the map with a new psychdelia-tinged single and music video for “Glass Jar.” The song is on Sneaker Waves, her first original release since 2013’s synth-oriented C A V E S LP — though she did release a poetry book called Saturnine last year.
In the interim, Tristen has been busy. She’s toured with the likes of Vanessa Carlton and the Weeks, and for the past two years she’s been part of the backing band for Jenny Lewis, who contributes vocals to “Glass Jar.” Perhaps not coincidentally, fans of Lewis’ most recent album The Voyager will probably find a lot to like here.
“I don’t have to say goodbye/ You don’t get to see me cry/ You put me in a glass jar and tap, tap, tap to see how I move,” Tristen croons on the track, which speaks to more weight than the song’s overall airy vibe suggests. Synths and guitars overlay the the idea of being trapped and on display in something more like a prison than a home.
Director Casey Pierce’s music video plays on the themes of the song’s ’60s-nostalgic sound and the isolationist lyricism. Tristen is often cast in pale, pastel light, outfitted in the tunics and skirts of the time. Her image is duplicated side-by-side, like looking through a half of a kaleidoscope. The jar imagery comes to mind as she dances by herself with only a shadowy, undeterminable background behind her, emphasizing the song’s seclusive language. Watch the video below.
Sneaker Waves is out 7/7 via Modern Outsider Records. Check out Tristen on tour this summer.