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Piano Magic

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From its conception as a bedroom-studio hobby in Summer 1996, Piano Magic’s trajectory has never been textbook - random at best. Originally, a self-confessed revolving door operation - musicians arriving, contributing and leaving as they pleased - they harvested a catalogue of varied singles, EPs and two albums by 1998.
This convey-belt membership also resulted in a plethora of sonic stylings, from smallbeat Kraftwerkian Meccano Pop on debut album, ‘Popular Mechanics’ (1997) to the breathless, ethereal, multi-layered melancholy of ‘Low Birth Weight’ (1998). Only in 1999 did Piano Magic resemble anything like a conventional format group.

Smooth-talked into playing a Dutch festival which actually turned out quite well, they decided to play anywhere they were wanted and began to build something of a cult following, particularly on the European Continent. They spectacularly showcased the post-modernist baroque sound of ‘Artists’ Rifles’ (1999) at the Benicassim and BAM music festivals. Ironically, the band have never infiltrated the hearts of the British music press - out of time, unfashionable and kinda weird looking, its best not to stay home much.
Tours of Germany, Holland, Italy, Belgium, France, Spain peppered the next few years. The band signed to 4AD Records in 2000 and delivered their most critically contentious work, ‘Writers Without Homes’ and the soundtrack to Spanish director, Bigas Lunas’ ‘Son De Mar’ movie. Though oft-maligned, ‘Writers Without Homes’ was a particularly monumental milestone for the band, as it featured the first vocal recording for 33 years of lost 60’s/70’s folk heroine, Vashti Bunyan.

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  • Hien-divided

    Glen: "It will definitely be the last album. After "Life Hasn't Finish With Me Yet", I really thought we should hang up our guitars and call it a day but since then more and more I've thought it's not the album I want us to end on. So we're going to try and write a better one. We might not succeed but I feel we've left a pretty strong legacy even if we don't. Whether we actually play the concerts in 2016 or beyond, I don't know. We have pretty much settled down into other lives now so it's going to take some hard work to become a band again but we're going to give it a stab." Yeah, I think that's it. I can't fully understand why he wants to give up Piano Magic forever but he's doing it and the next album is final. Because of this, I have very mixed feelings about this new release. I mean, as long as there's no "Closure", there's Piano Magic.

    13 May 7:56am Reply
  • Lucyfier

    " Bad: according to Glen Johnson, it will be their final" ... But, why ? =(

    17 Apr 8:10am Reply
  • Sturmlied

    Those tags are so inaccurate

    22 Mar 6:30am Reply
  • alexandehn

    aqui de onde venho isso se chama FUDEROSO!

    11 Mar 2:27pm Reply
  • WoolyMoth

    A New Album for 2016 !!! I Say Yessssssssssssssssss

    4 Feb 7:14am Reply
  • zuzjowa

    I feel a special kind of fluids with them.

    21 Jan 10:10am Reply
  • Hien-divided

    Good/bad news everyone. Good: PM will release a new album "Closure" (working title) in 2016. Bad: according to Glen Johnson, it will be their final.

    13 Jan 10:31am Reply
  • dramatist

    I adore them

    3 Aug 2014 Reply
  • VanderWaals

    I have my heart broken right now.

    19 May 2014 Reply
  • fancyfootwork80

    disbanded? ...how? when? why?

    5 Feb 2014 Reply
  • zabaihutka

    damn, I was just planing the next concert year when I saw this. and that free concert in an Italian cave that I missed. damn again.

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Hien-divided

    just discovered they broke up 4 months ago. W T F ....

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • KuriousBanana

    A book I should not read!

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • i-eat-humans

    фатально-инструментальный ансамбль

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
  • georgenaous

    I've just discovered the band -starting with "Ovations",, I HAVE to get the other albums O.O

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • ZDOGG

    Мое любимое заклинание - батхерт

    21 Apr 2013 Reply
  • kojja

    "Ovations" is perfeeeect

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • EurHotel

    13/12 - concerto di Piano magic al Viper Theater di Firenze Sconti speciali in tutte le camere del EurHotel per chi si presenta col biglietto del concerto prenotando dal nostro sitowww.eurhotelflorence.com

    11 Dec 2012 Reply
  • hctomash

    Come to Poznań @Poland. Show would be my dream come true :)

    28 Oct 2012 Reply
  • canopiesngrapes

    A review of their latest: http://www.drunkenwerewolf.com/2012/08/07/piano-magic-life-has-not-finished-with-me-yet/

    10 Aug 2012 Reply
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