Brooklyn six-piece Karikatura has set dance floors afire as forerunners in Latin fusion, touring the far reaches of New York City, Chile and Japan. Yet the group’s second album, Ghost Light, takes an evolutionary step outside its Latin origins for an increasingly complex sound that’s still highly danceable.
While keeping true to their mixed musical influences of punk, reggae and Afro-Cuban music, the sophomore effort is an intentional departure that still reflects the group’s energetic live show. The opening track “Papercut” is reminiscent of a more orchestrated Glass Animals, showing the strength of Karikatura’s two-man horn section. The group offers a stripped-down, faintly reggae sound on “Wasted Time,” experiments with noise on the French track “La Pluie” and surprises with an Afrobeat, horn-heavy spin on Aaliyah’s “Try Again.”
Opening for Karikatura are WalkTalk, a band with equally rich musical influence, led by Pimps of Joytime members Mayteana Morales and David Bailis.
Karikatura’s record release party will be held at C’mon Everybody (325 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn) on Friday, April 27 at 8 pm. Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance.