In advance of their new collaborative effort, RVNG Intl. has made a preview track available from FRKWYS Vol. 9: Sun Araw & M. Geddes Gengras Meet the Congos - Icon Give Thank. "Happy Song" lives up to its title; it's rhythmic, hypnotic—irie to the max. I particularly like the buzz and static that ride atop the bubbly, sinuous groove. The artists also star in Tony Lowe's film, Icon Eye, which documents the 10-day recording of the album in St. Catherine, Jamaica.
For those who are not familiar, Cameron Stallones is Dave Grohl doppelgänger and Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist Sun Araw, while Jamaican harmony group the Congos consists of "Ashanti" Roy Johnson, Cedric Myton, and Watty Burnett. Formed in the 1970s, the trio reunited in the 1990s with the addition of Kenroy Fyffe. M. Geddes Gengras is a synthesizer player, recording studio owner, and longtime Stallones associate (Dave Segal last wrote about Sun Araw here).
Check out the trailer for Icon Eye below.
RVNG Intl. releases Icon Give Thank on April 30 in the UK, May 1 in the US. Previous FRKWYS participants include Psychic Ills, Ikue Mori and Julianna Barwick, and Blues Control and Laraaji. London's Barbican will be showing Icon Eye on June 22 (the NY and LA screenings have passed). No Seattle date at this time.