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Macha
Forget Tomorrow
Jetset Records

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Macha deserves a big, wet lipstick kiss to wear on their collective cheek. When I saw this, their first release since 2000's Macha Loved Bedhead, I felt like I was meeting someone special at an airport gate: "Oh, Macha, I've missed you! It's so good to see you. How was your trip?"

The return of Macha is a momentous affair. Right from the start, we're back to the raw electric rock that got us all so enamored in the first place. Still present are the foreign herbs and spices and distorted groove, still impressive are the intelligence and deliberation of their work.

"Forget Tomorrow" begins matters with a Chavez cum new wave cum Bollywood concoction, addictive and infectious - as strange and delicious as any of their dishes, as longtime fans will attest.

"(Do The) Inevitable" turns things on their head in a wholly refreshing manner, siphoning the beats of newer Q and Not U for a danceable, steel drum ridden romp perfect for summer heat and frivolous days. The important point of this is clear: when a band makes a larger reputation by being "exotic," and incorporating bits of world music into their repertoire, the ability to remain carefree should be treasured. Many bands, if in the same position, would take themselves too seriously - Macha can be worth serious praise, but do so with a toothy grin and a dance step.

The propulsive, Fugazi-inspired "D-D-D", the eerily tinny "Paper Tiger" and the brushing, meditative "No Surprise Party" will all hit different sectors of their fandom, but constantly retain that high level of respect. Truly, there are tracks here for every sort of music fan, and no fear of pretentiousness or distance will be vindicated. Macha may be going to faraway locations, but they always keep an extra ticket for their audience. There is nothing on Forget Tomorrow that doesn't carry you along.

Bearing in mind the brothers McKay produced a majority of the album by laying rhythm tracks first, the experimentalism works more to their favor, as the dark tone is made consistent despite changing sounds. The release is soulful, a bit mischievous, and continually in motion.

On what may be their most far-reaching track, "C'mon C'mon Oblivion," they counter the delicate edge of Pele with a piecey, recoiling stance. Though accessible, it is the track that is most discontented and impatient, aching for growth. It shows us that in 2004, there is still more for Macha to do, and they are yearning ever strongly for the future.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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