Album Review: Beats Antique – ‘Shadowbox’

Album Review: Beats Antique – ‘Shadowbox’

Beats Antique
Shadowbox
(Self-Release)

I’ve heard some unusual albums in my day, but this 10th album from experimental, ethnotronica outfit Beats antique might be the most unconventional. The trio punctuate their decade as a band with a listen that was recorded in Oakland, Russia and Israel, and features appearances by Alam Khan, Lafa Taylor and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to name a few. Often sounding like a mixtape culled from different parts of the globe (probably because it is), Middle Eastern sounds are met with beat driven hip-hop as well as lush, orchestral sophistication. The songs are sung is several different languages, and similarly the violas, banjos, horns and accordions traverse more genres than you can recognize. If the terms gypsy jazz, carnival rock or world fusion make you smile rather than perplex you, and you appreciate the artistic side of music, then Beats Antique might just be your new favorite thing.

Purchase the album here.

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