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Maybe This Christmas Tree
Unwritten Law "Here's to the Mourning"
Kreator "Enemy of God"
Isidore (Brash)
In Battle "Welcome to the Battlefield"
Far "Water & Solutions"
Kukl "The Eye," "Holidays in Europe"
The Arcade Fire "Funeral"
Macha "Forget Tomorrow"
Authority Zero "Andiamo"

 

Macha "Forget Tomorrow"

Ah, the third record. Proof of legitimacy! As if they needed it. Forget Tomorrow is a beautiful record indeed. But for those of you now cozy with their sound – full of gorgeous, exotic instrumentation, indie-rock smarts, and moody song stylings – this release may throw a few curveballs your way. Somewhere between the release of their last record, See it Another Way, and their current offering, the boys learned to dance.

Those of you who've had enough eventless house music jammed in your ears to last you a lifetime, or have grown weary or perhaps doubtful of the authenticity of the latest slew of androgynous indie-rock boys playing "cosmopolitan rock" in highly fashionable outfits, may pause upon hearing the first handful of tracks on Forget Tomorrow. Not knowing what to expect, the first disco hand-clap you hear may elicit a cautious "waaait a minute… what?" The opening title track is a New Order/Duran Duran-inspired tune positively made for the indie-dance floor. The next four tracks give much of the same. Having said that, you have to come back and ask, "well, is it any good?" Well, yeah. It is a little disconcerting at first to hear a band of such immense creative power and originality give us such accessible pop dance tunes… not that what they "normally" do is inaccessible, but it's kinda like watching Bruce Lee do the YMCA. If the disco beat is your thing, then Macha's take on the movement should leave you inspired and fully rocked.

For the rest of you, Macha's affecting use of gamelan gong, vibraphone, zither, hammered dulcimer, reed instruments and keyboards is here in very large and awe-inspiring quantities. Starting with “Paper Tiger” and moving down the line, we find Macha doing what they do so unbelievably well; the synthesis of a sound unequivocally their own, and heretofore nonexistent. "Non-Western" is a bit vague; "Eastern influences," "exotic," and "ethnic music" do only a little better in describing it. They've created something that must be heard to be fully understood. From the austere, mournful, trance-inducing beauty of "Now Disappearing," which features a sparse female vocal singing in a mysterious language, to the serene sunrise of "Calming Passengers," Macha continue in their exploration of this secret world they've discovered. Forget Tomorrow, along with everything else they've done thus far, is highly recommended listening.

   

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