What began in late 2015 as a simple, acoustic blues project has blossomed into a genuine indie-rock contender in the Live Music Capital. Local three-piece, Tortuga Shades is a relative newcomer in the Austin music scene. However, with their latest single, ‘Sycamore Tree’, the eclectic trio proves to be a promising addition to the city’s thriving indie culture.
Shot by Coyote Beard Productions at The Homestead at Potato Road, ‘Sycamore Tree’ comes to us from Tortuga Shades’ forthcoming debut EP, Migrations, out Nov 3rd. Lead Tortuga and rhythm guitarist, Nadia Lopez, anchors the video with a steady acoustic heartbeat, transfixing vocals, and a happy-go-lucky charm.
The dreamy intro delicately tip-toes through the chirping wilderness with gentle acoustic strokes from Lopez and auspicious plucks of electricity from lead guitarist Gian Diliberto. The warmth of a distant, translucent memory resurfaces through the conscious as everything comes into focus at the ‘Sycamore Tree’. Simmering emotions begin to boil and goosebumps instantly spike at the 30 second mark where each instrument falls into place around Lopez’ blissful vocals. The track instantly opens up and the hazy morning dew of the intro evaporates into a radiant, energy-bearing sunshine.
“Sycamore Tree” is a song about the transition from childhood to adulthood and how we feel that shift of life within us” states Lopez. “In my mind, the tree represents my first home and all the morals and values I learned there. No matter where I end up in life, I’ll stand by the positive morals and values I gained as a child.”
‘Sycamore Tree’ spans an array of genres fusing organic, singer-songwriter acoustic with sharp electric riffs and a barrage of jazzy rock percussion from drummer Wylie Sanchez all bursting in harmony at the crescendo. This sunny alt-rock video is a perfect fit for any Summer playlist.
“Sycamore Tree” is available now on Spotify and Apple Music.
Tortuga Shades Official EP Release Party will be Nov. 3 at Dozen Street Bar located at 1808 E. 12th St. Austin, TX 78702.