1. Forget Tomorrow
2. Inevitable (Do The)
4. While The People Sleep
5. Smash & Grab
6. Paper Tiger
7. Cmon Cmon Oblivion
8. Back In Baby's Arms
9. Now Disappearing
10. From The Merak Loung
11. Calming Passengers
12. Sub II
13. No Surprise Party
- Forget Tomorrow (Jetset Records)
may hail from Athens, in Georgia, Alabama, USA, but on the
strength of 'Forget Tomorrow' Macha could just
as easily come from the Far East, Germany or the dark recesses
of Thatcher's Britain in the early eighties. Their
influences are many and their approach to making music fearless
and all-encompassing, taking in oriental instrumentation,
the mechanical warmth of synthpop, the wide expansiveness
of progressive rock and Krautrock's experimentalism.
So does swallowing the world result in a messy, unlistenable
rag-bag of sonic chaos? Not at all. In fact the results
are often intriguing and at times subtly beautiful.
title track kicks things off in a decidedly eighties fashion,
with the coupling of heavy bass guitar, affected vocals
and Gary Numan-style strings making for
a sound that could easily have been produced twenty years
ago. '(Do The) Inevitable' starts off in the same vein,
faintly echoing Duran Duran while retaining
the off-kilter cool of Talking Heads, and
by the time 'd-d-d' is over it seems we can place Macha
firmly in the eighties art-rock revivalists bracket.
the band successfully dodge any lazy pigeon-holing, the
upbeat dance jaunt of 'Smash & Grab' forming a hazy
psychedelic cloud to confuse before 'Paper Tiger' drifts
in with its driving zither and lazy bass to create an epic
instrumental lift. At times they beg comparisons with other
dance/rock straddlers like Primal Scream
but moments of downtempo quirkiness and an abstract experimental
edge set them apart on their own.
oriental music box melody of 'Now Disappearing'
is as eerie as it is relaxing, a child's voice echoes
in foreign tongue to form an oddly beautiful lullaby, before
the track mutates into the beat-heavy, sample-filled 'From
The Merak Lounge', which forms a kind of instant remix
of what went before. 'Calming Passengers' is
another laid-back instrumental with the sun burning away
at its heart and fuzzy feedback overlaid with what sounds
like acoustic guitar strumming overhead but could be any
one of the various much-used alternative instruments Macha
have collected from their far-flung travels.
Tomorrow' may seem predictably retro at the outset but by
the time the Far Eastern strings, plinking xylophone and
buzzing guitar bass of 'Sub II' and the acid-drenched psych-rock
of 'No Surprise Party' have brought the album to a close
you are aware you have been on a uniquely varied drug-addled
trip into the unknown. If you can imagine a multi-instrumented
band sounding in parts like Gary Numan, Talking Heads, Primal
Scream, Pink Floyd and Air
while remaining understated enough for it not to be a complete
mess then you are getting close to what Macha's musical
melting pot sounds like.
weird but also, at times, bizarrely wonderful.