Bitchin Bajas

Bajas Fresh is on the beach here in 2017, existing and thriving in the same wrecked world as you and me. How they finding it so chill and pretty?

It’s been over three years since the last proper Bitchin Bajas album — a natural paradise of woodwinds, droning organs, analog synths, field recordings, and an ever-expanding sense of MORE (and LESS). In between then and now came a series of collaborative LPs, with Natural Information Society (Automaginary), filmmaker Olivia Wyatt (Sailing a Sinking Sea) and Bonny Prince Billy (Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties). Each time these varied external stimuli came into contact with the Bitchin Bajas’ acroamatic process, it left the group with expanded perimeters to traverse.

So 2017 — what’s new? Everything and nothing, probably! The pursuit is still the same: a perfect continuous flow. The means to attain it are in full, fluid transition; woven into the strands that unspool so peacefully (and with such potent enervation) are new elements — like chord changes, for instance! The use of percussives is evident for the first time as well. Plus a horn section, a cover song . . . but before you start thinking that this Bajas Fresh is some kind of whole-cloth change, recall to your mind that the nature of equilibrium around Bitchin Bajas is such that new properties tend to melt into the surrounding texture, providing vivid sonics without uprooting the mindset. And they do.

While flowing towards a wholeness, the four sides of Bajas Fresh feature distinct approaches, approaching the ephemeral with subtle tweaks from new angles. Eschewing the grainy expansiveness of the self-titled album, this new one has an almost monolithic approach, whether spitting forth with Harmonia-styled data riffs, finding Denny-esque South Pacific exotica within a classic Sun Ra piece or teasing out almost imperceptible inflections inside the epochal fizz and whir with glassy-eyed, glacial patience.

On Bajas Fresh, the cellular system of Bitchin Bajas continues to synthesize amid a growing ecosystem also of the Bajas’ making, both morphing naturally together into a state perhaps not that far removed from its former incarnation, while also essaying refreshing new tones for new zones. Succulent half speed mastering done at Abbey Road gives the LP pressing greater depth, extension and resonance than all previous Bajas incarnations, but the double cassette version of course holds its own unique experience. Get our of your sound rut and freshen up — with Bajas Fresh!

Past Shows


Oct
5
th
2019
Mainroom
Oct
5
th
2019
Mainroom

Stereolab

with Bitchin Bajas
Feb
14
th
2018
7th St Entry
Feb
14
th
2018
7th St Entry

Bitchin Bajas

with MAGNETIC GHOST and ie

More Shows

Apr
12
th
The Fitzgerald Theater

Sibling Rivalry

with Bob The Drag Queen and Monét X Change
Feb
24
th
7th St Entry

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.

with my education
Oct
10
th
NoonChorus

Joseph

Jul
3
rd
Target Center

Rage Against the Machine

with Run The Jewels