7 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The ninth title in RVNG International’s cleverly titled FRKWYS (read as ”freakways”) series is Icon Give Thank, a full-length collaboration between Los Angeles–based psych-rockers Sun Araw and the legendary Jamaican vocal group The Congos. The product of a whirlwind 10-day recording session, Icon Give Thank is a startling mélange of fractured, murky instrumentals and gorgeous vocal harmonies, whose very existence testifies to the massive influence that The Congos’ masterpiece Heart of the Congos (produced by Lee Perry) has had on contemporary music. Though none of the selections here could properly be characterized as reggae, all of Icon Give Thank—from the woozily synth-dusted nyabinghi of “Invocation” to the ecstatic incantations of “Happy Song"—is deeply indebted to the singular aesthetic of Heart of the Congos.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The ninth title in RVNG International’s cleverly titled FRKWYS (read as ”freakways”) series is Icon Give Thank, a full-length collaboration between Los Angeles–based psych-rockers Sun Araw and the legendary Jamaican vocal group The Congos. The product of a whirlwind 10-day recording session, Icon Give Thank is a startling mélange of fractured, murky instrumentals and gorgeous vocal harmonies, whose very existence testifies to the massive influence that The Congos’ masterpiece Heart of the Congos (produced by Lee Perry) has had on contemporary music. Though none of the selections here could properly be characterized as reggae, all of Icon Give Thank—from the woozily synth-dusted nyabinghi of “Invocation” to the ecstatic incantations of “Happy Song"—is deeply indebted to the singular aesthetic of Heart of the Congos.

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About Sun Araw

The working title of a project helmed by former Austinite and Magic Lantern member Cameron Stallones, Sun Araw has drawn compelling comparisons to such varied sources as Afro-beat, Neil Young, and Spacemen 3. As part of the communal label Not Not Fun, Sun Araw has released a number of well-received and continually groundbreaking full-lengths and singles, the first two of which -- 2008's The Phynx and Beach Head -- were psychedelic interpretations of myriad source materials, and led to the breakthrough of 2009's Heavy Deeds, which was considered by many to be Sun Araw's best at the time.

The project would continue in 2010, first with a single commemorating the opening of the Sun Ark studio begun by Stallones and his compatriots. That year would also see the release of the next Sun Araw LP, On Patrol, as well as the EP Off Duty, both on New York label Woodsist. In addition to his work with Sun Araw and Magic Lantern, Stallones was a contributor to a number of different projects, including Pocahaunted's Passage full-length.

Sun Araw kicked off 2011 with the Houston Abstros EP released by Monofonus Press in April, followed by a full-length collaboration with Eternal Tapestry entitled Night Gallery (on Thrill Jockey) in July and his next long-player, Ancient Romans, in August, on his Drag City-distributed Sun Ark label. In 2012, he joined with the like-minded M. Geddes Gengras along with the legendary reggae group the Congos on Icon Give Thank, an entry in the Rvng Intl. label's collaboration series FRKWYS. Also in 2012, he issued the first two volumes in his limited-edition cassette-only series Sun Ark Prayer Tapes, and in September released the full-length Inner Treaty. Stallones participated in an experimental electronic outfit called Celebrate Music Synthesizer Group, whose self-titled double LP was released in 2013. In 2014, Sun Araw returned with Belomancie, an experimental double album, followed in 2015 by another double album, The Gazebo Effect, credited to S. Araw "Trio" XI. In 2016, Professional Sunflow, a live double-LP collaboration between Sun Araw and new age pioneer Laraaji, was released by W.25TH, an imprint of reissue label Superior Viaduct. Sun Araw released the Western-influenced The Saddle of the Increate, another lengthy effort, in 2017. ~ Chris True

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    Long Beach, CA

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