How the heck do you write about a band that’s laying down tumbling bluegrass one second and evoking the barren landscape of the Iraqi desert the next? Words like “eclectic” don’t begin to describe TriBeCaStan, whose music would make an ideal soundtrack for the most crazy-cool travel show imaginable. Their latest, Goddess Polka Dottess (EverGreene Music, 2015), finds the dozen-plus-strong NYC collective touching down in and grabbing sounds from the Balkans, Bollywood, the Caribbean, East Africa, urban and rural America and most prominently the mythical land from which they take their name.
They also expertly reference musical eras (swing, jazz, surf and psychedelic among them) and don’t even get me going as to how many instruments figure into the crafting of their bewildering but unfailingly tight and catchy sound. Global deities are the loosely defined theme of the album, so the band has even created one of their own, hailed on the consciously goofy title track. Helmed by multi-instrumentalists John Kruth and Jeff Greene and populated with players who possess the chops to make this sort of musical exploring sound so much more than gimmicky, TriBeCaStan may be the one band that can do it all.
TOM ORR, World Music Central.org,10/ 21/ 2015