Here’s some really weird shit for you this evening. I say that lovingly. In attempting to describe the creativity of Chicago-based Ryan McMahon (who goes by the name of Está Vivo), I’ve come up with this: a pretty and unholy tryst between a time-warped Syd Barrett, a piano sonata and a scene from Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Wait, no, add a few chewy psilocybin mushrooms to that recipe. Yeah, that’s about right.
Since releasing songs and EPs in 2011 and 2012 and performing around Chicago with Justice, Bloody Beetroots and Yelle, Está Vivo (“Is Alive”) released two EPs this year on Mush Records. The latest is How Strange, which features Steffaloo on the title track.