Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Album Review - Magnetic Island Out At Sea

This review is part of the "Over Flow" Review Series. For various reasons these past reviews were not published anywhere else. I am tagging them as "Overflow Reviews" and may add some extra information after if needed but I will keep the ratings and reviews just as I originally wrote them. Enjoy:
Magnetic Island
Out At Sea EP

**and1/2 out of *****

The trio from Brooklyn inject shoe-gaze drone with dreamy vocals on their first EP release, Out At Sea.  The primarily instrumental “End In A Bender” has a studio jam feel with it’s rumbling tom’s and building tension released over simple drifting vocal moans.  “Summer Phase” is the catchiest tune here with its layered vocals and slide guitar.  Overall these song seeds contain enticing moments of interplay from the trio that could hopefully blossom in the future.


Not much of a review here, but not much to really go on.  This 5 song EP includes two versions of the same song, really making it a 4 song effort.  I have to say that I wouldn't have reviewed it at all but I do enjoy the sound and think that this group of players could do something inspiring going forward.  The sound reminds me of early Smashing Pumpkins but the tracks feel little more then sketches, except for the centerpiece of "Summer Phase" which is the most appealing track to this listeners ear. 

They have a good link over here at bandcamp that will let you get downloads and even cooler, cassettes from them; this makes them the first band I have seen go back to the dead format.  I still have a bunch of cassettes and just last week received a Cassette to MP3 converter I gotta mess with soon, so needless to say I am happy to see some kids putting those spinners back out in the market.

I hope to keep an eye out and catch Magnetic Island live, it seems like they may have a rotating cast of players which should make for a diverse live experience, something I always love.  Here is a bit of them playing at "Hello Tawian Rocks" Concert in NYC and should give you a taste of what they do:

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