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“I wonder what kind of drugs they’ve been taking,” asked a co-worker of mine after listening to Macha Loved Bedhead.
Macha, in recent times, has skyrocketed in the indie world. The Athens, Ga., band’s mixes atonal rock with far Asian instruments in a fascinating marriage of timbres.
Collaborating with Dallas-based Bedhead, the collective band takes the sonic adventurousness of Macha’s most recent long-player, See It Another Way, even further.
And further away from the hooks of Macha’s 1998 debut album.
The six-song, 86-track EP, Macha Loved Bedhead — billed under the name Bedhead Loved Macha — starts off with the closest thing to a single, “You and New Plastic.” After that, the disc turns into a series of ambient, minimalistic experiments. In short, a great soundtrack with which to light up some fatties.
Steve Reich ought to write for this group.
Joshua McKay’s easy-going-bordering-on-lethargic vocals don’t quite let the beauty of the band’s melodies very obvious, which isn’t a bad thing. It just means you need to listen really close to “Hey Goodbye” or “Only the Bodies Survive” to get it.
After the 80-track ambient sound exercise of “How Are Your Windows?” — the same trick Café Tacuba did on Yosoy — Bedhead Loved Macha finishes the EP with the oddest cover of Cher’s “Believe” imaginable, complete with telephone accompaniment. It’s worth the price of the entire disc alone.