The second C.A.M.P.O.S. studio album is here at long last. More psychedelic and electronic disco cumbia. Titled The 8th Door and literally years in the making, this record is a culmination of everything that C.A.M.P.O.S. mastermind Joshua Douglas Camp has been working on since the first studio album Miracles came out in 2016 (PEACE 005LP), with many ideas for the new songs being fleshed out from renditions initially created during the pandemic lockdown and released as a two volume digital set titled Shake Up The World: Live In The Studio, Vol. 1 and 2. Other compositions date from before or during the time of the first studio album but were not completed until years later, benefitting from Camp's experiences in the interim during which the group Locobeach was born and C.A.M.PO.S. became a live one-man-band. As a result, The 8th Door is a more mature and focused release that will certainly satisfy longtime fans but should also attract new listeners as well.
The multitalented Camp has been involved with many diverse bands over the years, including Latin-flavored outfits like Chicha Libre, Locobeach, and Los Crema Paraíso, as well as country band Westwork, Eastern-European klezmer group Litvakus, and the literary rockers One Ring Zero and somehow these various projects and musical genres all play a part in laying a background for The 8th Door. Though he plays most of the instruments on the new record (and handles production, engineering, vocals and composition), Camp also managed to collaborate with various friends and bandmates along the way. Pianist Marlysse Simmons (Bio Ritmo, Miramar) as well as percussionists Karina Colis(Chicha Libre, Locobeach), Neil Ochoa (Chicha Libre, Los Crema Paraíso, Locobeach), and Gabo Tomasini (Bio Ritmo, Yotoco) all add seamlessly to the mix, helping Camp create a rich, full web of psychedelic sound that transports the listener to interior worlds beyond the cosmos. Much like previous C.A.M.P.O.S. releases, The 8th Door is replete with retro synths, jangly guitars, funky bass lines, and otherworldly vocals that float on a bed of syncopated tropical percussion inspired by cumbia from Colombia and Peru, like some long lost Caribbean version of British synth pop from the '80s but with a modern touch that brings the music in line with similar contemporary underground artists from Bogotá, Mexico City, and Los Angeles. Includes download card including five bonus tracks.