Macaw’s sole member is Wilson Kemp – an artist, art teacher, and multi-instrumentalist hailing from Washington, DC. With Macaw, Kemp soaks layers of synths with his dream-drenched vocals and a mid-tempo throb shared equally by machine and human drumming. Kemp is a member of the band Hume and recently opened an exhibit of new murals and large-scale prints entitled Out of the Lull at 410 Goodbuddy Gallery in DC.
A beautiful document of Wilson Kemp's synth, percussion and vocal improvisations, Macaw's debut LP, Celadon unveils layer after layer of radiant, wandering bliss. The record features stunning three-layer silk screened illustrations by the artist, translucent blue-green vinyl and a choice between tan or black recycled cardstock jackets. The sprawling nature of the soundscapes mix well with the propulsive beats and a wide range of timbre and sources from Moogs to mallets present an interesting dialog between the organic and electronic. Celadon is a fully realized, beautiful first release and is available online or at shows.
$15ppd (International orders add $4)
1. In Search of Spacetunnel
2. What Circle
3. Five Minutes at the Rainforest Cafe
4. A Zone of Our Own
6. Prismatic Spring
7. Seas of Bees (Rifle Recoil Cover)
Macaw's “Five Minutes at the Rainforest Café” is featured in The Wire magazine's Fall 2010 Tapper compilation. For information on how to order the October 2010 edition of The Wire, head over to the magazine's website. Here's a pic of the magazine:
Also, stream "Five Minutes at the Rainforest Cafe" on SoundCloud: