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The Congos meet Sun Araw and M. Geddes Genras

The Congos meet Sun Araw and M. Geddes Genras

The Congos meet Sun Araw and M. Geddes Genras

By Angus Taylor on Thursday, January 26, 2012 - Comment

The group record with experimental psychedelic musicians for a new album and documentary film.


The Congos - Icon Give ThankSince they reunited in 2006 the Congos have been in a collaborative mood.

Their 2009 album 'Back In The Black Ark' saw them work with their old producer Lee Perry. In 2011 they worked on a double disc with Belgian group Pura Vida. Now they've teamed up with two Los Angeles experimental psychedelic musicians, Cameron Stallones AKA Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras, for a new album that promises to sound different from anything they've done before.

'Icon Give Thank' will be released by New York label RVNG Intl ("Revenge without the E's") as the ninth in their FRKWYS series, which seeks to pair vintage and contemporary artists for musical and film projects.

According to press material "Icon Give Thank is not a dub reggae album, though it shares some of the genre's production characteristics. Rather it's an album of Stallones and Gengras's melodically experimental meditations ornamented with The Congos' soulful vocal leads and four part harmonies".

'Icon Give Thank' was recorded at the Congos' Lion's Den studio St Catherine Jamaica. The creative process was filmed by documentary makers Tony Lowe and Sam Fleischner - who reggae film fans may know for his 2009 feature 'Wah Do Dem'.

'Icon Give Thank' and its accompanying documentary 'Icon Eye' is out on CD, DVD+LP, DVD and as a digital bundle on April 10th. You can watch the trailer below.

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