May 31, 2014

Karikatura: Eyes Wide

At first it may seem that Brooklyn sextet Karikatura is a happy-go-lucky party band who have raided the fridge and took off with a wide variety of musical tidbits. And sure enough, there are plenty good time tunes on their new album Eyes Wide, but the album title is a dead giveaway. This is a band who cares and they can get mad at injustice and broken dreams. NYC Hustle in particular, replete with howling police sirens, will turn some head son the dance floor. This isn't what they expected after being exposed to songs like the joyous Brighton Beach, in which an elderly lady leads the dance proclaiming "undressed democracy". Mind you - this one does mention firetrucks, not as a disaster, but as a slice of Brooklyn life.

Karikatura's music rotates around latin and gypsy grooves, but they throw in soul, hiphop and reggae as well. Summer music with a message, spicing up body and brains.

Ryan Acquaotta: vocals, percussion
Dima Kay: guitar, backing vocals
Eric Legaspi: bass
Joe Wilson: saxes, glockenspiel
Morgan Greenstreet: drums, percussion, backing vocals
Ric Becker: trombone

Eyes Wide is released on Ropeadope. Release date: June 6.

  1. Eyes Wide
  2. Someone
  3. Brighton Beach
  4. Bailarina
  5. Stubborn
  6. Viennese Doors
  7. Get Together
  8. NYC Hustle
  9. Ashes
  10. Honeybee
  11. Soy Quien Soy
  12. Death Or A Hurricane
  13. Ocean Blue

Live dates:
  • 06/01 The Bowery Electric, New York, NY
  • 06/28 Mehanata Bulgarian Bar, New York, NY
  • 07/05 Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Brooklyn, NY
  • 07/10 Capital Fringe Fest 2014, Washington, DC
  • 07/26 Warwick Summer Arts Festival, Warwick, NY
  • 08/15 The Stage @ Rockwells, Pelham, NY
  • 08/20 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY
  • 08/27 Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY
  • 08/29 The New Deal Cafe, Greenbelt, MD
  • 08/30 Asheville Music Hall, Asheville, NC


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