New LP - Mako Sica - Essence - The mighty Mako Sica return to the fold with another mind blowing outing and the fine folks at La Societe Expeditinaire have pressed it up in a mega limited edition. Here's the tell all from La Soc:
"Mako Sica (meaning "bad lands") is a three-piece band from Chicago formed in 2007. With two members (Przemyslaw Drazek and Michael Kendrick) formerly of the band Rope on the Family Vinyard imprint and a new singer (Brent Fuscaldo), the group combines dissonant, classical-influenced arrangements with wordless, mantra-like singing and a bluesy rhythm section. In the spirit of Chicago's explorative artists such as the legendary Sun Ra, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, and even US Maple (whose guitarist Todd Rittmann recorded Mako Sica's debut), they create a sound that is all their own. Mako Sica uses guitars, drums, trumpet, and at times extra percussion and electric thumb piano to produce songs in the vein of Amon Duul, Hex-era Earth and the out-there reaches of the Impulse Records catalog. The band uses a group-mind aesthetic and an uncanny dose of negative space that charms the listener to be a part of the music."
We've long time fans of Chicago's Mako Sica, we even released an epic live album by them back in 2009 called "Mayday At Strobe". We loved their "Dual Horizon" LP also on La Soc and all the various tapes they've offered up over the years. These fine gents make music that tranforms the average concert going experience to an all out ritual, a ritual that will leave you with your jaw on the floor and inner spirit thoroughly cleansed. Mako Sica's command of mind altering improvisation creates music that flows like an angry ocean with tension building passages that segue to gentle lulls; a music that never forces itself but naturally finds its way to the deepest part of your inner being. This new long player is yet another amazing example of what can happen when some like-minded individuals get together and let their creativity meld into mental and spiritual alchemy. Essence will be getting plenty spins round thee ol' HQ fo sho! Epically Recommended.