Even though the Mexican border-town of Tijuana has a stigmatized history it has managed to produce many vibrant and unique artists. None are quite like Mint Field. Comprised of 21-year-olds Estrella Sanchez (vocals & guitar) and Amor Amezcua (drums & synths), Mint Field's sound is organic, spacious, and inhabited by specters that lurk behind rhythms, where Estrella's angelic voice evokes a supernatural world of beauty and melancholy. Their new record, Pasar De Las Luces, is "a compilation of our lives from two years ago to now" says the band.
In the summer of 2017 the band traveled to Detroit to record with producer Christopher Koltay. "We had a much clearer idea of what we wanted and we had the tools to make it. When we recorded [our debut EP] Primeras Salidas, it was a homemade album and we didn't know what we were doing," the duo adds. This time, they managed to channel their inspirations and influences to transmit sentiments of profound sorrow, nostalgia and immaculate beauty...revisiting sounds from the past to make them contemporary.
Mint Field's 13 immaculate tracks nod to everything from dream pop to fuzz-saturated shoegaze. Opener "El Parque Parecía No Tener Fin," is a melodic number with haunting melodic lines where we can appreciate their post-punk tendencies. "Ciudad Satélite" has woven harmonies and crescendos that detonate into a flurry of feelings anchored by a dramatic bassline. "Quiero Otoño De Nuevo" goes full krautrock and is like an introverted, reflective and delicate Neu!. "Cambios Del Pasar" borrows the distorted and imperfect guitar sounds of ‘90s indie bands like Yo La Tengo. "Nada Es Estático y Evoluciona" develops from minimalism into a silent scream and "Club De Chicas" is probably the peppiest song of the bunch.