Gothic Tropic is the brainchild of Cecilia Della Peruti, a Los Angeles based multi-instrumentalist whose skills on the guitar have found her touring and collaborating with artists such as Børns and Charli XCX, and landing enviable gear sponsorships with pedal companies and Fender.

With influences ranging from West African music, tropicalia, new wave, doo wop, and more, Della Peruti’s brand of indie pop is at once familiar and adventurous—and despite her admitted love of darkness—leaves the listener feeling energized and optimistic.

After much anticipation, Gothic Tropic will release its debut full length, Fast or Feast on May 19 via Old Flame Records. Produced with Todd Dalhhoff (who also plays bass, keys, and percussion on the album), the album reflects Della Peruti’s eclectic musical interests, knack for storytelling, and of course her many instrumental chops.

Fast or Feast was my first stab at producing a record, so this process taught me a lot about recording,” Della Peruti says. “I met my fellow first-time album producer Todd Dahlhoff because he was playing bass in the band I was playing keys for, and we decided to enter into the unknown together for this (he’s [also] responsible for that killer bass line in “Stronger”). The album is about duality, and balance and reconciliation both sonically and conceptually. Everything about this project follows that doctrine, and this is sort of the first personification of that. The music and the message embrace both extremes of darkness and light. Mainly I just hope people can groove to it.”

Check out Fast or Feast in full now, and get the scoop on some of the gear Della Peruti used to put it all together. Fast or Feast  is out on May, 19 via Old Flame Records. Pre-orders are available now.