If you thought that M. Geddes Gengras was some legendary reggae producer from Jamaica, it’s understandable. His name does sound vaguely Caribbean, and his dub-infused partnership with Sun Araw and The Congos is easily the most well-known of any of his projects. But he’s not Jamaican. He’s hasn’t achieved legendary status (yet, at least). Okay, he probably does embrace the ganja from time to time, but the point is, he seems young, is active in the Los Angeles music scene, and on October 30, he’s releasing Test Leads on Holy Mountain, an album that appears to have scarcely anything in common (minus his participation) with Icon Give Thank (TMT Review).
Indeed, insofar as I can sample Gengras’s previous solo work (which is substantial but mostly released in cassette form), Test Leads appears to be a continuation of his synth-based, kosmiche character. You can preview the LP here.
Oh, how high I imagine the pressure must be after achieving a whole new level of name recognition. If you’re reading this, Mr. Gengras, just know that I won’t accept anything less than perfection with this upcoming album. Consider me the music journalist equivalent of a parent with high expectations. Impress me or your favorite stuffed animal as a child will be set ablaze!
Test Leads tracklisting:
01. Waldorf, Pts. 1 & 2
02. Night Work
04. Waldorf, Pt. 3