A euphoric 21st century connection: one of the most prized vocal groups to drift out of Jamaica meets a band of bold young voyagers from the US underground. Hands in the air for mythical Rastafarian melodies and chants as they drift over deep psychedelia and solid grooves. Available for very, very select high-impact performances in 2013. One of the most divinely inspired cross-generational collaborations of recent times is taking to the stage to play new, classic and rebooted songs.
Early in 2011 wayfaring LA-based psych musicians Cameron Stallones aka Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras travelled to St Catherine, Jamaica to make music with legendary dub-reggae vocal group The Congos (best known for their classic Lee Perry-produced seventies album The Heart Of The Congos). The resulting wonder of an album, Icon Give Thank, released as part of RVNG’s FRKWYS series, found the pairs’ melodically other-wordly productions ornamented with The Congos’ soulful vocal leads and four-part harmonies in one of the most unlikely and wondrous releases of the year.
Then, on a remarkable night In summer 2012, the project was given a live world premiere at London’s Village Underground, and the air within the packed-out room was thick with pure sonic magic: playing tracks from both Icon Give Thank and plenty of choice old Congos joints, these two hugely disparate groups seemed to live out an unseen destiny by sharing a stage: histories, influences and musical visions melded into a heaven-sent present . You won’t find many youtube clips out there: those bearing witness were too busy smiling and getting lost in the warmth emanating from this charged encounter between young and old.
This one-off show has yet to be repeated, but now they want to do it again.
No shows booked at the moment.
“A tribute to the power of positive thinking” – The Guardian
“Startling and unique” – Mojo
“a trend-beating audible journey, loaded with spiritual guidance and cosmic sounds” – The Independent
“A thrillinglymystical meditation ofother-worldly vocals andcosmic jamming, takingdub-reggae places it’s neverbeen before” – Uncut
“Dub and psychedelia combine to fine effect… Does deep space curve? This is a record that suggests as much” – The Observer
“Undoubtedly the best psychedelic gospel album you’ll hear all year” – Pitchfork
“It’s a mystical experience, a magic carpet ride to a sun-dappled place” – Mixmag
“A rather moving document of the profundity of the cross-cultural and cross-generational conversation that goes on throughout all popular culture” – Tiny Mix Tapes
“A lovely set of songs that record an incredible moment” – Dummy Mag
“Extra-terrestrial dub-folk gospel that really doesn’t sound much like anything ever done by either party individually: in other words, collaboration at its finest” – Line Of Best Fit
“Vocal roots music floating in the future” – Les Inrockuptibles
“‘Icon Give Thank’ distills climates hallucinatory and sweet…its hypnotic virtues should be felt all over Europe this summer” – Vibrations