Over the damn-near-a-decade since they started recording, Chicago trio Mako Sica has managed to keep itself well out of the limelight. Even though their first LP, Mayday At Strobe (2009), was released by one of Chicago's pre-eminent vanguard labels - Permanent - it's not easy to locate people who have grooved to the band's Sun City Girls meet Blood Quartet vibe. However, that might change with their newest effort Invocation.
The wordless (if not vocal-less) parabola Makos Sica's music follows is an unending wonder - a blend of tones that cross many overt rockist spheres while maintaining textural similarities to outfits like the Bitchin Bajas or Joshua Abrams' Natural Information Society, with a taste of the surfist proclivities of such bands as early Savage Republic.
The material on this LP is cooked hard and deep in its own juices. There are moments you'd swear you're listening to Northern African guitar tropes, but then Make Sica's sound breaks open into waves of psychedelia unimagined in that scene. There are simmers of tone that feel Germanic in the most basic of ways. But these usually end up erupting in ways that absolutely negate form specificity.