With the release of their debut EP Primeras Salidas, the Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico-based duo Mint Field, comprised of 21 year-olds Estrella Sanchez and Amor Amezcua, quickly received international attention that included sets at some of North America’s biggest festivals, including Coachella and SXSW, as well as sets at venues across both the States and their native Mexico. Building upon the growing buzz surrounding them, the duo’s highly-anticipated Christopher Koltay-produced, full-length debut, Pasar De Las Luces was recorded in Detroit, and according to the band features both a much clearer idea of what they wanted sonically while having the tools to actually do so, with each of the album’s 13 songs nodding at a variety of influences, from dream pop, kraut rock, stoner rock and shoegaze, while thematically, the duo wanted to express profound sorrow, nostalgia and beauty within the material.
Pasar De Las Luces is slated for a February 23, 2018 release through Innovative Leisure Records, and the album’s second and latest single “Quiero Otoño de Nuevo,” finds the duo playing classic shoegaze, complete with a tight, motorik groove paired with guitar chords played through towering layers of distortion and effects pedals. And while the song may remind some listeners of Join the Dots-era Toy, it has an awe-filled, dreamy vibe, as though it would be the perfect soundtrack for a long drives under endless skies and through sunlit deserts. In fact, as the duo says of the song, “This track is about the horizon, shadows and how infinite they are.”
The recently released video for the song is comprised of extreme zooms into a neon billboard before panning out to reveal a meteorite overhead before heading to a nearby office in which a bored employee texts and plays video games while the computer system running the signs crashes. It’s a trippy yet possesses such verisimilitude that it feels as though it could have happened.
Interestingly, the Mexican duo will be on a world tour to support the album. Check out the tour dates below.