Macha continues to explore Indo-rock (a sub-subgenre they seem to have all to themselves) by pushing their gamelan influences into the hip-today flavors of nostalgic new-wave dance pop ("Forget Tomorrow," "C'mon C'mon Oblivion") and punk-funk ("`Do the` Inevitable"). This new album explores drone and percussive tropes in a way that's similar to earlier releases from Macha, but here, those elements are offered in quite a different context. The pulsing samples are crisp and seamless, if at times as over the top as progressive trance (see "Smash & Grab"). Just when the band's cleverness begins to feel a tad precious, it's redeemed by an intriguing back-half of the record featuring the endearing, Japanese-inflected folk/electro-pop of "Now Disappearing" and "From the Merak Lounge" (which sounds vaguely like Four Tet), and the shimmering, symphonic swells of "Calming Passengers" and its Kabuki counterpart "Sub II."
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.