Ti­juana Car­tel, in their eter­nal quest for ex­otic sounds, have had a lit­tle help from their in­ter­ga­lac­tic friends to cre­ate the cos­mic Ishtar

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Ti­juana Car­tel have been knock­ing on an­cient Me­sopotamian doors to chan­nel in­spi­ra­tion for their new sin­gle, Ishtar, or rather, some­thing oth­er­worldly came knock­ing on the Car­tel’s door.

“We were just sit­ting on Carey (O’Sul­li­van)’s rooftop in Labrador when An­nunaki aliens came and started jam­ming th­ese beats with us,” says Paul Ge­orge, the band’s gui­tarist and vo­cal­ist.

“Much to our de­light the alien life­forms brought great sam­ple packs and vin­tage synths with them.

“They talked an­i­mat­edly of the last time they vis­ited Earth ex­actly 3000 years ago and mar­velled at how much the mu­sic here has changed.”

The Car­tel say Ishtar is an an­cient god­dess of love, beauty, sex and war, also pur­ported to have be­longed to an el­e­gant alien race known as the An­nunaki. Folk­lore tells us one day the An­nunaki will re­turn to Earth.

Ever ea­ger to col­lab­o­rate, this time, Ti­juana Car­tel ap­pear to have reached a lit­tle fur­ther in their quest for orig­i­nal­ity. Their first re­lease in two years, it’s tricky to slip Ishtar un­der one spe­cific cat­e­gory, with a thick elec­tronic bassline, in­ter­na­tional in­stru­men­ta­tion and no vo­cals.

While it’s dif­fi­cult to cat­e­gorise, it’s quin­tes­sen­tial Ti­juana Car­tel, and that’s ex­actly what the band wanted.

“We went back to our roots with this track – it fea­tures more gui­tar riffs, heav­ier bass and a heavy dance feel over­all,” Paul says.

“We just wanted to cre­ate some­thing that was unique to Ti­juana Car­tel.

“This track re­ally em­bod­ies the essence of what we do as pro­duc­ers that sets us apart.

“Es­sen­tially we’re al­ways seek­ing to cre­ate the ul­ti­mate live ex­pe­ri­ence for our au­di­ence and this one sits per­fectly in that space.”

The band says Ishtar has “a lav­ish help­ing of the ex­otic Eastern flavours and metic­u­lous pro­duc­tion,” some­thing they have be­come known for over the years.

Their Gold Coast show, which will take place at Cur­rumbin Sound­lounge next Fri­day, will be the sixth of eight shows, as the group keep their tour short and sweet, just enough to give fans a taste of what’s to come next.

Ti­juana Car­tel per­form live at Cur­rumbin Sound­lounge Fri­day Septem­ber 22. Tick­ets are $25 + BF from sound­

Ti­juana Car­tel are headed for the Cur­rumbin Sound­lounge to play next Fri­day.

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