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Magic Arm released Outdoor Games in 2007, a collection of home-recorded songs by singer/songwriter Marc Rigelsford, he recorded the EP himself in his Manchester bedroom. The layered harmonies and lo-fi crafted sound captured the attention of Ed Droste from Grizzly Bear who wrote on his blog:
‘Two Things I Love’ My dog and This new band “Magic Arm” out of the UK. “Incredible music”

Marc claims that he only started making music as Magic Arm in order to help out a film-maker friend who needed some soundtrack music, quick smart. In truth, Magic Arm has spent years painstakingly forging his sound. He plays all the instruments (drums, keyboards, guitars) himself, and has laboriously taught himself how to use Pro-Tools and such, in order to create music that, refreshingly, defies easy categorisation.

“I’m literally trying to write pop music but it never comes out that way. There’s always a dark edge to it.”

After the release of the EP, which received great acclaim from the press, Magic Arm locked himself away to write for four months, and then spent a further six months in the studio to put the finishing touches to ‘Widths and Heights’, and his debut album, Make Lists, Do Something.

“Now and then, a record comes along which you can’t ignore; a record which really does sound like waves of lysergic happiness lapping against your cerebral cortex.” – GUARDIAN GUIDE


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