MINT FIELD (Tijuana - Mexico)
Tijuana is a place where good music happens, It is a border town with a very storied history - sometimes a history of union, sometimes of violence. Such history has given it its own flavor: a hybrid culture with many vibrant scenes and artists that have defied their borders, playing for their own crowds, outsiders who always carve their own road, going from place to place around the globe until they find their corner of the world.
Mint Field’s story is similar, but with its own set of peculiarities. As it is with Tijuana, Estrella Sanchez and Amor Amezcua believe their roots are in the city but are not defined by it; it’s where they jump to find their own way and make the world at large their home. Their sound backs up this attitude. It’s an organic sound inhabited by specters that lurk behind repetitive rhythms, where Estrella’s angelic voice evokes a supernatural world of beauty and melancholy built by rock instruments and synthesizers. Like spirits that wander through our reality, they don’t anchor themselves to one place, yet it’s probable that something like Mint Field might not have come out of anywhere else but Tijuana.
Mint Field are not spirits from beyond that have come to communicate with us through their own unique sound. In fact, they are two women that make incredibly evocative music; they channel their inspirations and influences to transmit sentiments of profound sorrow, nostalgia and immaculate beauty, revisiting sounds from the past to make them contemporary.
This emotion is imprinted on the band's first album, Pasar De Las Luces, a records that has been described by the band as “basically a compilation of our lives from two years ago to now.” A mixtape, if you will, of completely original songs that resound with their recent history. Most of the songs achieve much with just a few basic melodic ideas and other circular riffs that never become self-indulgent, rather they form fully realized and memorable songs. Sanchez’s voices seem to wander in and out of the picture like rays of pure sunlight on a cloudy day, giving a little color to something that is otherwise blue and dark. There are winks to many musical styles like dream pop, jangle pop, indie, twee pop, fuzz-saturated shoegaze, and the cycling repetitions of krautrock, as well as its basis of post punk with dark edges.
Pasar De Las Luces was recorded and mixed by Christopher Koltay at High Bias recordings in Detroit, MI. Mastering was done by Heba Kadry at Timeless Mastering in Brooklyn, NY. Artwork was done by Emilio Villalba.