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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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  • fancyfootwork80

    disbanded? ...how? when? why?

    5 Feb 1:11am 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
  • cadavreflex

    The season is long.

    18 Aug 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
  • lillith_fe

    that's one thing about this band i like the most - they're not afraid to change from record to record, but yet remain recognizable. i find new album fucking awesome. no idea what makes you ppl so judgmental. what's past, stays in the past.

    8 Jul 2012 Reply
  • DeadCuntManiac

    Chemical EP is better than LHNFWMY. Thought out and well constructed. Why Glen, oh why, on "Lhnfwmy" have You overdosed Peter Astor... etc, style??? Give me back, great, fucking and independent Glen NOW! New album sucks! Im sorry but without Josh Hight and Angèle vocals it would be disaster!!!! The lyrics are great! But Glen ... You've always been good at this. Think about the rest. My advice (it's a free portal so kill me) listen again to "Low Birth Weight" and "Troubled Sleeep Of Piano Magic" and think again about where You are going. With love from 13 years for PM. Adrian... dont fuck with me anymore ;) ( The same msg is on FB )

    23 Jun 2012 Reply
  • xTIMEx

    does anyone know who is singing on Ovations? my favorite album of theirs by far.

    22 Jun 2012 Reply
  • OneRepublic93

    Low Birth Weight is magic :-)

    22 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Clau-Cineasta

    Very simple the new album

    19 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Vaaska

    I agree with You :) Also, I think "The Way We Treat The Animals" is the best track on the album, Josh Hight sang superbly. I could add that last song on "Chemical EP" "The Last And Dreadful Hour" sounds atmospheric and in the way as I like. Great track.

    17 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Hien-divided

    Well, they certainly sound too much like the other band on this record. Also, Glen Johnsons signature playing style is absent. My favorite track from LHNFWMY is "The Way We Treat The Animals", it has something from the old PM sound.

    17 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Vaaska

    For me "amazing" is probably too strong word for this album... "LHNFWMY" is just quite proper. I can not judge entirely positive or entirely negative.On this album are 3 or 4 great songs and fantastic one on EP. But I can certainly say, that this is not the "good old" PM which I love.

    17 Jun 2012 Reply
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