CHICANO BATMAN – NPR TINY DESK CONCERT
(Toronto, ON – July 7, 2020) – Chicano Batman’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert (from home) is out now. Filmed in sync with every band member playing in separate rooms, this special socially distanced edition of the Tiny Desk series features four songs performed from this year’s critically-acclaimed Invisible People (ATO), out now.
Pitchfork says the record is “their most accessible…with big hooks and definitive statements to match,” while the LA Times praises the “mix of borderless 1960s and ’70s rock and percussive contemporary tones.” Invisible People was also recently No. 1 in college radio, making it the first record at No. 1 to feature people of color since Brittany Howard last fall.
Watch the full performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hARU2pnprX4
NPR TINY DESK SETLIST:
1. I know It
2. Moment of Joy
3. Color my life
4. Polymetronomic Harmony
PRAISE FOR CHICANO BATMAN:
“Retro-tinged resistance funk”
– ROLLING STONE
“Beautiful mix of love songs, psychedelia to political consciousness”
– NPR MUSIC
“Progressive lyrics with hard-hitting synth-funk beats”
– V MAN
“A cross of Tame Impala and Neon Indian…shape their tropicalia-bent indie rock into a glossier pop-style”
– CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
“Perfect musical accompaniment for summer cruisin'”
– AV CLUB
ABOUT CHICANO BATMAN:
Like all the most iconic music born from the West Coast, Chicano Batman’s ‘Invisible People’ offers an instant escape into the beautifully strange world they inhabit. Throughout their fourth album, vocalist/keyboardist Bardo Martinez, guitarist Carlos Arévalo, bassist Eduardo Arenas, and drummer Gabriel Villa channel the kinetic spirit of their city into a wildly shapeshifting sound, ultimately finding an unstoppable joy in following their most outrageous instincts. Produced by Leon Michels (The Carters, A$AP Rocky, Lee Fields & the Expressions) and mixed by Shawn Everett (Vampire Weekend, Alabama Shakes, Beck), ‘Invisible People’ taps into the unbridled creativity Chicano Batman previously brought to their 2009 self-titled debut, 2014’s ‘Cycles Of Existential Rhyme,’ and 2017’s ‘Freedom Is Free’ (their first release since signing to ATO Records). But as evidenced on songs like lead single “Color My Life” and on the album’s emotionally raw title track (whose lyrics examine race as a scientific fallacy), ‘Invisible People’ embodies elements of everything from krautrock to hip-hop-all while capturing the powerful energy the band’s shown in touring with artists like Alabama Shakes, Portugal The Man, and Jack White. The result is Chicano Batman’s most imaginative body of work yet, a collection of songs that could only come from their own idiosyncratic minds.
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