12 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chicano Batman’s third album extends their groovy pastiche to funk and soul. Eclectic without ever feeling showy, Freedom Is Free plays like buried treasure dug out of an imaginary basement, juxtaposing glassy-eyed, “Crimson and Clover”–style ballads (“Friendship,” “Run”) with sharp, Curtis Mayfield critique (“The Taker Story”) and Brazilian-style rave-ups (“Flecha Al Soul”). It’s a psychedelic, South American sound that stretches from Memphis to Montevideo.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chicano Batman’s third album extends their groovy pastiche to funk and soul. Eclectic without ever feeling showy, Freedom Is Free plays like buried treasure dug out of an imaginary basement, juxtaposing glassy-eyed, “Crimson and Clover”–style ballads (“Friendship,” “Run”) with sharp, Curtis Mayfield critique (“The Taker Story”) and Brazilian-style rave-ups (“Flecha Al Soul”). It’s a psychedelic, South American sound that stretches from Memphis to Montevideo.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

22 Ratings

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Bennybroll,

I've never left an iTunes Store review before but felt compelled to tell the world that this might be one of the most funky, soulful and straight up rockin' albums of all time. I'm so glad I found Chicano Batman!!!

Roasting oysters!

tri-4-real,

This is my new avocado jam on handmade tortillas. Hints of Curtis Mayfield and (surprise) Steely Dan. It's psychedelic-quirky-fun and should be played beginning to end.

About Chicano Batman

Chicano Batman source their high-spirited alternative Latin synthesis from tropicália, West Coast psychedelia, and late-'60s/early-'70s soul, among other styles. Eduardo Arenas (bass, vocals), Bardo Martinez (lead vocals, organ, guitar), and Gabriel Villa (drums, percussion) made their recorded debut in 2009 with a self-released, self-titled album. After Carlos Arévalo (guitar) was added to the lineup, Chicano Batman issued the four-track Joven Navegante EP in 2012. The Los Angeles-based band released only handful of additional singles across the next few years, but they greatly expanded their fan base in 2015 with dates opening for Alabama Shakes and Jack White, as well as a performance at Coachella. In 2016, Chicano Batman signed to the ATO label, where they released Freedom Is Free, their third album, in early 2017. ~ Andy Kellman

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