Chicano Batman's Carlos Arévalo conjures dreamy funk soundscapes in this playthrough of psych-soul jam Moment Of Joy

As a big name in LA's psych-soul scene, Chicano Batman are no strangers to writing boundary-pushing compositions, as their latest album Invisible People - which dropped in May - confirms.

Amongst its 12 mind-bending tracks sits Moment Of Joy, a three-and-a-half-minute smooth jam peppered with electronic sounds and effect-drenched guitar lines.

In this exclusive Guitar World playthrough, guitarist Carlos Arévalo plays through the track in full, navigating its whammy-bar-laden chord progressions and rhythmic funk-inspired verse licks.

Arévalo plays a beautiful Gold Sparkle Music Man Albert Lee HH electric guitar through a Vintage 1964 Fender Princeton 6G2 amp, while he uses a Boss DD-200 and Boss MD-200 for his delay and modulation sounds.

"Aside from the funky and quirky Missy Elliott- and Timbaland-inspired verse guitar playing, the guitar’s role for this track was all about creating texture and soundscapes for the vocals and synths to shine," Arévalo says. 

"It's worth noting that [our] mixing engineer Shawn Everett ran my guitar signal through some type of distortion, likely a SansAmp, and completely transformed the sound into a big washy texture that is easily mistaken as a keyboard pad on much of the album version of the song."

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.