Chicano Batman has shared their new single “Blank Slate,” off their forthcoming full-length Invisible People, available May 1st release via ATO Records (King Gizzard & The Lizzard Wizzard, Brittany Howard, Black Pumas). With a Rick James-esque thumping bassline and a Daft Punk mono synth inspired guitar solo, the track finds the perfect harmony between modern and 80’s funk. “Blank Slate,” follows the band’s previous single “Pink Elephant.”
From Chicano Batman member Bardo Martinez:
“It was the first song that we dug our heels into,” lead singer Bardo Martinez says about the track. “It was our Blank Slate…so I also approached the lyrics from that angle but applied it to my personal life at the time to create the typical love song dance jam.”
For the album, the band worked with Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, War on Drugs, Kacey Musgraves, and Julian Casablancas), with Leon Michels’ (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Lee Fields & The Expressions) producing and Everett’s mixing steering the record’s direction, the band’s lush sound has become a more pointed, densely layered soundscape.
1. Color my life
2. Blank Slate
3. I Know It
4. Invisible People
5. Manuel’s Story
6. Moment of Joy
7. Pink Elephant
8. Polymetronomic Harmony
9. The Way
10. The Prophet
Chicano Batman’s fourth album, features vocalist/keyboardist Bardo Martinez, guitarist Carlos Arévalo, bassist Eduardo Arenas, and drummer Gabriel Villa. 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).