Seaworthy The Ride

Macha front-man Josh Mckay takes the solo route with Seaworthy, while keeping many of his band's sonic trademarks, including beautifully sweeping melodies, slow building arrangements and an intense ambient aesthetic. Mckay creates a unique warm brooding that is all encompassing by using a variety of percussive ingredients. This time out there is a more significant use of vocals, though not in the traditional sense. With the hypnotic environment being paramount, voices ease in and out of compositions like other instruments, never controlling the proceedings. While Indonesian styles coloured Mckay's work with Macha, he collaborates with a number of Japanese artists this time around. A variety of cultural influences including American rock are present on the The Ride, but as opposed to world music, Seaworthy is just otherworldly. (Jetset)