Following 1999's promising "Spine And Sensory" (released on the micro-indie Makoto Recordings) San Diego instrumentalists Tristeza step further into the indie rock big-time with "Dream Signals In Full

Following 1999's promising "Spine And Sensory" (released on the micro-indie Makoto Recordings) San Diego instrumentalists Tristeza step further into the indie rock big-time with "Dream Signals In Full Circles," out on retail site Insound's Tiger Style imp rint. Produced by the Pulsars' Dave Trumfio at Chicago's King Size studio, the album floats by like a daydream, and is likely to serve as the frequent accompaniment for smooching/bong-hit sessions in studio apartments of indie rockers everywhere. On memo rable cuts like "Respira" and "City Of The Future," Tristeza seems to be straddling what would seem like a non-existent line between Windham Hill-style new-age music and the dreamy, wordless compositions of Tortoise or Pell Mell ("I Am A Cheetah" could be a lost Pell Mell b-side). As proven by their live shows, the band is capable of unleashing more sonic oomph than their recordings display. While "Dream Signals" does find the bottom end much more prominent in the mix than on the last album, there's still too much repetition and noodling about to really pack a wallop. It makes for exceedingly good background music, but when stacked against its aforementioned influences, "Dream Signals" nods off without much of a fight.V