After the superb We Nah Give Up with Belgian band Pura Vida last year The Congos has completed yet another collaboration album. This time they have embarked on an ambient and meditative journey with U.S. based psychedelic musicians Sun Araw and M Geddes Gengras.
Icon Give Thank is a seven track nyabinghi session spiced with afrobeat, Indian vibes and funk. It’s mystical, slow and very experimental. It’s far from an ordinary reggae album.
All of the tracks are over five minutes long and are mostly instrumental with Cedric Myton’s distinct falsetto and The Congos’ vocal harmonizing percolating in and out of the mix.
The CD and LP version of the album is accompanied by the long-playing documentary Icon Eye, which features the making of the album in Jamaica.
Icon Give Thank is a peculiar and odd album, and one of those albums you might want to give a listen before you buy.