Telharmonium – January 8th, 2016
The Magic Gang could barely have asked for a better leg-up at the start of their career than the opportunity of touring with the likes of Wolf Alice and Swim Deep. Through those support slots and countless frenzied headline shows of their own, they’ve quickly gained a sizeable and devout following. On their debut EP, they reward their fans’ devotion with fifteen minutes of delectable, brand new sounds.
Sitting pretty at the halfway mark is lead single ‘Jasmine’, a downcast yet ultimately sugary sweet guitar-pop treat – such is The Magic Gang’s knack for blending lyrical woe with melodic joy – which has already become a firm live favourite. Similar themes exist on ‘She Doesn’t See’ and ‘All That I Want Is You’. The former’s chorus of “She looks up but she doesn’t see / I can fly but she won’t believe me / I’m just waiting up in the sky” aptly soars above the gloom, whilst the EP-closing latter effectively channels the sentimental side of 80s new wave.
An incredibly and, truth be told, expectedly self-assured offering, the first extended release from these four happy chappies provides further proof of the remarkably tight-knit unit they’ve already become. The fact that The Magic Gang exist is reason enough to go wild with excitement but hey, they’ve just given us another.