Pasar de las Luces, Tijuana-born band Mint Field's 2018 debut, was awash with dissociative guitars and blissful psychedelia. But its most rapturous moments were driven home by unexpected changes of pace, tighter tracks like "Ciudad Satélite" and "Quiero Otoño De Nuevo" making their liquid shoegaze seem boundless. Their second full-length, Sentimiento Mundial, is out September 25 on Felte, and the same rules apply this time around — when Estrella del Sol Sánchez wants to drift away, she can create walls of noise that only Kevin Shields could think of building. But when they need to snap to attention, bassist Sebastian Neyra and new drummer Callum Brown can pull the strings taught. The second single from the record, "Contengencia," premiering at the top of the page, is one of those tenser moments, a dive into krautrock that leaves plenty of space for del Sol Sànchez to reach into her delicate upper range.
"'Contingencia' is one of the most energetic tracks from our upcoming album,," del Sol Sánchez wrote in an email to The FADER. "A track about those times when we feel like we don't have any other choice or way of doing things, and that sometimes we need to see the light that is in front of us. I really love this part that said, 'No puedes vivir ciega de lo que puedes ver' ['You can't live blind to what you can see').”
Listen to “Contengencia” above.
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