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Hot Cha Cha
Fantastic Static
Exit Stencil Recordings
www.exitstencil.org


Echoing electronics, sliding techno furls, and resonating guitar trills with a twangy flange dominate Hot Cha Cha's material on their CD Fantastic Static. They call their music art-punk. Sometimes it sounds like the group was influenced by the vaporous atmospherics of Joy Division and other times they seem to have a kindred connection to progressive rockers Kasabian. Part experimental and part reflective of music that has been done already, Hot Cha Cha have an album that does not commit to a specific genre but fuses musical styles into their songs.

Comprised of vocalist Jovana Batkovis, guitarist/keyboardist Mandy Aramouni, bassist Heather Gmucs, and drummer Roseanna Safos, Hot Cha Cha bridges decades of music. Their layers of electro pulsed verses are pasted together through "Naked Glass" which convert into a spastic jostling across the knolls of "Traffic". A funky bass line in "Bukarest" is the backbone that links sprigs of twangy guitar ripples to produce intervals which rise and recede along the sequences. The tremors of riotous stomps and pacifying swells along "Pleasure Cruise" are made up of abstract sound patterns, which turn cyclical while burrowing synth-scapes that expand and discharge in equal measures through "Notes Of Urgency"

The melodic phrases are obscure and yet spawn an amicably mixed breed. Hot Cha Cha synthesize traits of funk, electronica, techno, and twangy rock. It's an eclectic blend that is outside the norm and yet suited for general audiences.

-Susan Frances

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