Double delight for Tijuana Cartel fans

TIJUANA Cartel is an unlikely mash-up of sounds that despite all doubts most definitely work together.

Flamenco, Middle Eastern sounds and electronica are among the influences evident in Tijuana Cartel's music.

The band's unique sound will soon be there for all to hear with two new albums in the works.

From his Byron Bay home, guitarist and lead singer Paul George confirmed the band had been busily working on the two projects.

"We just finished a new album of instrumental tracks with a bit of Middle Eastern influence, to be released, hopefully, on September one," he said.

"There is a second album with vocals.

"We finished them both at the same time but we have decided to release them separately. This second one will be released early next year."

George said while simultaneously writing and recording two albums had been intense, the process had been worth it.

"We haven't released anything for over three years and we just have so much material," George said.

"We're a little bit bipolar on what we are doing. For a while we thought we could release a double album but because they sound so different we thought we could get a tour out of one and then a second one."

The instrumental album, yet to be named, is a return to the band's original roots.

"People that have known us for years enjoy that kind of sound. In a way we're going back to where we started and we're reinventing that idea," George said.

The second album reflects George's new found love for singing.

"I love singing now, I sing a lot more in the tracks but I also love playing the guitar and producing," he said.

Developing tracks for the band is a process based on email as much as guitar and singing, as the band members are scattered across the country.

"We live in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Byron Bay and Perth, so one of us comes up with an idea for a song and then we email it to the others. It works slowly and organically that way," George said.


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