RVNG (as in Revenge) Intl launched a project called FRKWYS (think Freakways) a while back. The aim of the project is to pair up contemporary musicians with their progenitors.
For the ninth instalment, L.A’s Sun Araw and M Geddes Gengras have collaborated with The Congos (who played with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry) & have created a brilliant album called “Icon Give Thank”.
If this first taster track is anything to go by, it’s going to be a brilliant album. It’s a bit of a risk to call your tune “Happy Song”, but fortunately it pays off!
This track has literally had me in a hypnotized state recently.
The psych of Araw & Gengras combine perfectly with the tenor falsetto harmonies of the Congos’ vocalists… can’t get enough of it!
The album is due out on April 10. It was recorded in St Catherine, Jamaica (home of The Congos) & the musicians were filmed as they were making the album. You can watch an excerpt of the film Icon Eye, released on the same day, below.
(Love From London is an ongoing series where correspondents Alex Kenning and Izzy Lawrence introduce us to bands generating excitement across the pond.)