Daiquiri Fantomas are a Sicilian experimental Avant-Pop duo founded by composers and multi-instrumentalists Marco Barrano and Dario Sanguedolce. Described as "Air meets John Barry", Daiquiri Fantomas are a cocktail of ideas with a Retro-Futuristic flavour, citing the 60s/70s, encompassing Prog, electronica, Sci-Fi movie soundtracks, Kosmische, World and ancient music, focusing anyway to a contemporary sound. Among their inspirations you can also find references to a non-conventional Sicilian and Mediterranean culture. Sicily has always been a crossing place for many different peoples: Roman, Greek, Spanish, Arab and French influences are easily found in a stratified melting pot that shapes a unique kaleidoscope of cultures.
The duo comes from Caltagirone, town in the middle of a baroque area, well known for its artistic ceramics. The band originally formed during a "summer afternoon jam-session" in 2010, and signed to Blow Up Records in 2012. Daiquiri Fantomas breathe life into the most diverse sound architectures by boldly experimenting with acoustic instruments and vintage electronics, and crossing over into new technologies. Although the electronic side is strongly present, humour is not avoided, refusing the cliché that experimental music must be boring. Some of their musical influences include The Beatles, Robert Wyatt, Kraftwerk and Air.
Their debut album, 'MHz Invasion' was performed, mixed and produced by the duo in Sicily, with additional mixing by Nick Terry at Malabar Studios in Oslo, and mastered by Nick Bennett at Revolution Mastering in London. The sleeve image of the album, shot by Claudia Arnold on the island of Lanzarote, reflects the musical lunar soundscape to be found within, and is again reminiscent of Sicily's volcanic landscape.
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