"Some people pull themselves together so quietly no one realizes there was any falling apart to begin with. I'm certainly not about to do that."
Cristina Bautista was 12 when her family left the east coast for Seattle. Swiftly making herself a presence in the Northwest music community, she fronted teenage pop bands before settling in as Visqueen’s bassist in 2009. As storms arrived Cristina became a lightning rod. Misguided love, wanderlust, ambition and the rust of doubt, the ache to grow older followed closely by the turmoil of doing exactly that… All came like electric bolts, quietly passing through her into the ground below.
Now 24, Bautista has begun to recover that electricity from the dirt. Together with Grammy nominated producer and arranger Phillip Peterson (Nada Surf, Brandi Carlile) and a luminous cast of Seattle guest musicians, Cristina Bautista has made the Gold Parts EP. A six-song tribute to growing strong instead of disappointed, Gold Parts reconciles the innocence and urgency of youth with the patience and pain of growing up. The resulting indie rock swings deftly from celebration to regret to triumph. Proudly confessional, Cristina’s voice is sweet and openly hopeful before a backdrop of driving beats, gritty guitars and the occasional flood of ornate strings. At once familiar and refreshing, the songs are an invitation to find the glowing voltage beneath your own feet and grow old enough to be young.