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Music Review: Grupo Fantasma – El Existential

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Infused with move-your-body Latin beats and propelling North-of-the-Border melodies, Grupo Fantasma’s latest release, El Existential, is an inclusively global auditory rush. From the backbeat drive of opener “Realizando” to the vintage Mexican-ballad taste of “Juan Tenorio,” from the semi-hollow Gibson power-riffs of “Hijo” to the Earth, Wind and Fire horn arrangements of "El Consejo," the Grammy-nominated ten-piece band from Austin, Texas seamlessly weaves together disparate influences and sounds into cohesive and compelling music that spans the globe and always makes you want to dance.

Grupo’s been in the game for over a decade and the maturity can be heard in the lyrics. Sinners, seductresses, soul-searching, revenge, and the hope for a little post-argument making-up are all touched upon as the band worked collectively to create an album with no fillers and no covers. Their best work to date, El Existential transcends borders and sits easily on the shelf as the classic it will become.

The album drops worldwide June 15th with Grupo on tour and hitting about every city in North America before heading to Europe for some club and festival gigs. Earning their reputation in a state that doesn't give respect easily, with music like this, Grupo knows how to keep the party moving and smiling until the early morn'. Take your girl, take your boy, you will be satisfied.

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