FREEDOM IS FREE
(taken from the album Freedom Is Free, out now via ATO Records)
“With their blend of Brazilian Tropicalia and lavish ’60s psych groove, Chicano Batman have established themselves as a genre of one” – Entertainment Weekly
“Their sets are serious business: You can climb into one of them and follow it a long way”
– The New York Times
Chicano Batman came out of L.A., four young men in vintage formalwear, playing songs that blended Brazilian Tropicalía with early ’70s psychedelic soul and the romantic pop of bands like Los Ángeles Negros. It was an immediately addictive sonic brew, and their reputation grew fast. Now, they’re making their boldest statement yet with Freedom Is Free, their third album and ATO Records debut. To celebrate, the band, who were just announced as part of the 2017 Coachella lineup, have released the album’s second single and title track, ‘Freedom Is Free’.
Listen to ‘Freedom Is Free’ here
‘Freedom Is Free’ is an inspirational credo from the US outfit at an all too apripos time. FLOOD agrees that, “the song’s sweetness, the ease with which it unfolds along that provocative bassline, suggests both the inevitability of its message and the band’s confidence in it.”
“Because of the ascendence of capitalism as a dominant form of cultural exchange, freedom (however you choose to define it) has been commodified like any other product,” says vocalist Bardo Martinez. “Throughout our history the state has presented the rationale (through propagandistic means and ends) that freedom is not free; that your personal freedom is contingent and dependent on the well being of the state. This logic has explicitly justified war and its atrocities in the name of freedom. This song is an antithesis to that ideological fallacy. Freedom is as free as the spirit, as nature, as the universe itself. No matter how hard man tries to control every nuance of nature’s movement, he will not succeed. Freedom is a concept of the feeling of nature itself propelling everything in the universe in motion.”
Already receiving rave reviews from the likes of Noisey, NPR Music, Beats 1, CLASH & more, the album Freedom Is Free reflects Chicano Batman’s decision to foreground the soul and R&B elements of their sound. To achieve their ambitious sonic goals, the quartet worked with producer Leon Michels (El Michels Affair, The Arcs) in his Diamond Mine Recording studio in Long Island City, NY.