Published Apr 30, 2020Los Angeles band Chicano Batman have always managed to masterfully blend the sounds of their funk and soul predecessors with a contemporary style. Three years since the release of their acclaimed Freedom Is Free, Chicano Batman's latest album, Invisible People, sees the band pushing their sound further, further incorporating new elements of modern psychedelia and R&B.
While the Tropicália and old school funk influences are still prominent within the album, Invisible People finds Chicano Batman gravitating towards a more contemporary sound. Chicano Batman's style feels less nostalgic than their earlier releases — the turn towards modernity has the band exploring new territory, allowing their sound to stand alone without heavy comparisons.
Songs such as the title track and single "Pink Elephant" emphasize Chicano Batman's pursuit of groove and melody, with a soulful R&B style grounding each song in the band's signature sound. The band truly excel on the songs in which their innate creativity isn't restricted by the confines of typical pop song structure.
Invisible People plays well between its influences and what it aims to achieve; a record full of groove and funk, blending psychedelic soul with modern sound. (ATO Records)