“Matching psychedelic textures to dappled electronics, the group’s beatific sound helps you escape from yourself.” – Clash Magazine (UK)
“Some iterations have flamenco-esque hand claps, some feature middle eastern string instrumentals, and others contain front man Paul George’s captivating vocals.” – This Song Is Sick (USA)
“If you like LCD Soundsystem then I’ve got a treat for you.” – Indie Shuffle (ZAF)
“Dancing melodies and playful sampling that all come together in a song that really connects with the earth and the cultures that have bloomed from it .” – Pilerats
“This is so great, a mesmerising and consuming mix of rootsy acoustic sounds in a spacious electronic world.” – 4/5 stars – Declan Byrne – triple j
Gold Coast-based electronic-dance outfit Tijuana Cartel have just revealed their exuberant new record ‘Acid Pony’ – produced by band members Carey O’Sullivan and Paul George.
‘Acid Pony’ is seven tracks of mind-altering guitar-driven indie music that explores a myriad of concepts and genre elements, while spotlighting the components that have come to define Tijuana Cartel’s sound.
Opening track Sufi introduces the listener to five minutes of instrumental virtuosity, with reverberated riffs permeating the track’s spectral atmosphere. This leads into the second track Minimal Stuffing, which continues with a similar aesthetic, allowing intricate acoustic guitars and sweeping electronics to create a sense of vividness.
Track three Strandzha begins with mantra vocals, artistic percussion and illumining guitars, as the song explores elements of world music. Following that is the fourth track Tommy Franklin, which blends fundamentals of modern pop music with unique layers of syncopated instrumentation that pulse and swell before the song transitions into the conversant fifth track Over and Over. Oscillating synthesisers blend with sedative vocals to showcase Tijuana Cartel’s chemistry and skill in a euphoric way.
Penultimate track Ishkur crescendos into a defying fusion of bass-heavy dance elements, as the instrumental flows into final track Middle Something, with high energy percussion and frenzied guitars. As terraced layers of instruments rise and fall from the mix, the song profusely hauls towards its finale, capping off a comprehensive record of tentative psychedelic music that excels with wistful capacities.
To support the release, Tijuana Cartel will be embarking on a monumental album tour, appearing in multiple capital cities and regional Australian towns. This continues on from previous persistent touring schedules, performing internationally, numerous sold-out headline tours and appearances at prominent festivals including Falls Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Subsonic Music Festival and Nannup Music Festival.
Singles off ‘Acid Pony’ have been widely embraced by the likes of Australian radio stations triple j, triple j Unearthed, Double J, 3RRR, 2SER, Radio Adelaide, 4ZZZ, and RTR FM. They’ve also received support from tastemaker blogs Clash Magazine (UK), Indie Shuffle (ZAF), This Song Is Sick (USA), Pilerats, Acid Stag, The Music, Forte Mag, AAA Backstage and Something You Said.
‘Acid Pony’ is available worldwide now
‘ACID PONY’ TOUR
All tickets on sale via tijuanacartel.com
SAT JUN 12 | THE STABLES BY WILD HORSES, MELBOURNE VIC
SAT JUN 19 | BYRON BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL, BYRON BAY NSW
FRI JUL 2 | THE ZOO, BRISBANE QLD
SAT JUL 3 | MIAMI MARKETTA, GOLD COAST QLD
FRI JUL 9 | THE BASEMENT, CANBERRA ACT
SAT JUL 10 | MARLIN HOTEL, ULLADULLA NSW
SUN JUL 11 | LA LA LA’S, WOOLLONGONG NSW
SAT JUL 17 | MARY’S UNDERGROUND, SYDNEY NSW
SUN JUL 18 | THE RHYTHM HUT, GOSFORD NSW
SAT JUL 31 | ROOTBOUND FESTIVAL, RAVENSHOE QLD
SUN AUG 1 | PORT DOUGLAS YACHT CLUB, PORT DOUGLAS QLD
FRI AUG 6 | EARP DISTILLERY, NEWCASTLE NSW
SAT AUG 7 | NARABEEN RSL, NSW
THU AUG 12 | SOOKI LOUNGE, BELGRAVE VIC
FRI AUG 13 | THE HOWLER, MELBOURNE VIC
SAT AUG 14 | THE BRIDGE HOTEL, CASTLEMAINE VIC
SUN AUG 15 | THE BARWON CLUB, GEELONG VIC
SAT AUG 28 | FEDERAL HOTEL, BELLINGEN NSW
FRI SEPT 17 | SETTLERS TAVERN, MARGARET RIVER WA
SAT SEPT 18 | FREO SOCIAL, FREMANTLE WA
SUN SEPT 19 | INDIAN OCEAN HOTEL, SCARBOROUGH WA
SAT OCT 2 | THE ROEY, BROOME WA
FRI OCT 8 | ROYAL OAK, LAUNCESTON TAS
SAT OCT 9 | UNI BAR, HOBART TAS
* More dates to be announced
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