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Classic Album Review: Seaworthy | The Ride

Macha's frontman tones down the ethno-trance for some lush slocore minimalism.


This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


WHO: Basically, Seaworthy is a one-man band — but when that man is Joshua McKay, frontman of Athens, Ga., ethno-trance outfit Macha, you don’t need to take applications from anybody else.

WHAT: The 10-song Ride, McKay’s debut solo project, tones down the Indonesian instrumentation and Moroccan roll of Macha for the romantically downcast, musically lush slocore minimalism of Low or Labradford.
HIGHLIGHTS: It’s hard to say — most of these tracks flow almost seamlessly into one another, giving the album a dreamlike quality and a stream-of-consciousness ambience.
LAST WORDS: Smooth sailing it isn’t — but repeated listening may induce rapture of the deep.