More Textile Ranch coming soon on Second Language Music. In the meantime, here's a rare live recording from the Upper Norwood Library, London in November last year. https://soundcloud.com/second-language/textileranchlibrary
How much can *you* handle? https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1eCNtXz0Gxo0XUkQ47yvji?si=_veHkGYSQUOhyRDtQPCHJw
Anna Calvi got good taste. 👻 https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6GkAvNvVGQECTfPFsycog9?si=8CZQJdPWSVCFMBnzlvRCvw
Back in stock from our Bandcamp, Piano Magic's final album, 'Closure,' 180 gm vinyl album with printed inner sleeve + bonus 24 page A5 fanzine, featuring interviews with the band and their associates. Only £12 plus p&p. Ships from the UK. https://pianomagic.bandcamp.com/album/closure
Photos by Simo Bogdanic of Walter Potter's taxidermy in 1999, then housed at Jamaica Inn, Bolventor, Cornwall. From the forthcoming 20th anniversary re-issue of Piano Magic's 'Low Birth Weight' album, out 13th September. Pre-order in the UK/Europe/RoW : https://rocketgirl.co.uk/catalogue/rgirl6RE or https://www.normanrecords.com/records/82973-piano-magic-low-birth-weight and in the USA : https://darla.com/products/piano-magic-low-birth-weight
"All the houses on the Crown Estate all look the same That nut from four doors down wandered in by mistake again..." https://soundcloud.com/pianomagic/piano-magic-crown-estate
"Handle with care, if only you dare - I'm sensitive, touch sensitive..." https://soundcloud.com/pianomagic/piano-magic-snowfall-soon
People of the Americas! You can now pre-order the vinyl re-issue of Piano Magic's seminal 'Low Birth Weight' from Darla Records here : https://darla.com/products/piano-magic-low-birth-weight Out 13th Sept.
"This classic dream pop album is getting a reissue! Dream pop meets post-punk, ambient, shoegaze, post-rock and an array of jaunty samples in this seminal LP." Piano Magic's forthcoming 'Low Birth Weight' vinyl re-issue with new artist sleeve notes, redesign and pictures from the original photoshoot available to pre-order from the good people of Norman Records : https://www.normanrecords.com/records/82973-piano-magic-low-birth-weight
You can (also) pre-order the forthcoming vinyl re-issue of Piano Magic's 'Low Birth Weight from Rough Trade Shops (@roughtradeofficial) here : https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/piano-magic/low-birth-weight Out 13th Sept.
'LOW BIRTH WEIGHT' 20th anniversary vinyl re-issue!!! We’re delighted to announce that, on the occasion of its 20th anniversary, for the first time since its original 1999 release, Piano Magic’s ‘Low Birth Weight’ album will be available again on vinyl this coming September. The record’s original label, Rocketgirl, will re-issue the release, beautifully redesigned, with new sleeve notes by Glen Johnson of the band and previously unseen pictures from Simo Bogdanovic’s original photo session. Greatly inspired by the experimental rock band, Disco Inferno and late 80’s/early 90’s “dreampop,” ‘Low Birth Weight,’ was recorded between Nottingham and London by a revolving cast of characters that included Pete Astor (The Loft/The Weather Prophets), Simon Rivers (The Bitter Springs) and minimalist electronic duo, Isan. Lyrical, emotional, playful, ‘Low Birth Weight,’ serves as a fascinating bridge between late 90’s dream pop and experimental electronic music. Out 13th September 2019. Pre-order here : https://rocketgirl.co.uk/catalogue/rgirl6RE
We have a last handful of copies of Piano Magic's 2009 'Ovations' 180gm vinyl album feat. Brendan Perry and Peter Ulrich of Dead Can Dance available from our Bandcamp : https://pianomagic.bandcamp.com/ US friends, please contact Darla for cheaper shipping : https://darla.com/products/piano-magic-ovations-bundle?_pos=2&_sid=da2560e14&_ss=r
These are flying out this week! Must be the heatwave? https://pianomagic.bandcamp.com/merch/piano-magic-life-has-not-finished-with-me-yet-t-shirt
10 years old already!?! Piano Magic's 'Ovations' album featuring special guest vocals by Brendan Perry of Dead Can Dance on two tracks. https://open.spotify.com/album/5Qgeh7Y5QDIkBtQgicRQyU?si=QkNA8UR4Rc2jn7474kURTw … #deadcandance #pianomagic #brendanperry
In good company here. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1YD7lXqICOb2LCQH5Q03RM?si=am5Mlz_uQJS-PeRXrOK4Og
Parisiennes! You can now buy Piano Magic releases (and great coffee and food!) directly from the lovely COMETS Café & disques, 38 rue Léon Frot 75011 Paris : https://www.facebook.com/cafecomets/
Drum 'n' bass Magic? https://open.spotify.com/track/7DojDSsk9KrQh8vQp7BO6P?si=ZbkQehFHR92Xehi3S2wJBA
Did you know about this rather rare Piano Magic track buried away on this Second Language Music sampler? : https://secondlanguagemusic.bandcamp.com/album/end-of-a-season-a-second-language-label-sampler
New favourite : https://youtu.be/y_83Dhiw9UE What do you think?
Previously released in 2009 as a limited edition cassette on the Italian micro-label, Secret Furry Hole, Glen Johnson’s ‘Institutionalized EP’ is now available digitally. The 5 tracks come from the same recording sessions as Johnson’s debut solo album, ‘Details Not Recorded,’ also released that year. Glen : “Around the time of recording, I spent a while loitering around Whitechapel Hospital here in London, where Joseph Carey Merrick ('The Elephant Man') had been institutionalized in the 1890's. At that time, you could just about make out where David Lynch had filmed some of his movie about Merrick – the old boiler room and chimneys. And around the back, in a church crypt, there’s a small museum partially dedicated to Merrick which includes some of his belongings. Merrick’s story is one of human wretchedness and human compassion and in some ways, both are trapped in this EP. I've thrown in a cover of Sonic Youth's 'Secret Girl', not only because I've always loved the 'EVOL' album but because the words remind me of Merrick and anyone else who ever looked (or felt) different. Elsewhere, revenge, anger, loss, loneliness, violence, death, woe. Business as usual.” Features a cover of Sonic Youth's 'Secret Girl.' 1. Kill You 2. Ageing 3. Come Back 4. Secret Girl 5. I Can’t Help It All tracks written by Glen Johnson except 'Secret Girl' by Sonic Youth. All tracks recorded at home, early 2009. Piano on 'Secret Girl' by Angèle David-Guillou. Listen on Spotify : https://open.spotify.com/artist/5I9inzGpyb6yJudkcXUhuk?si=qdOGRYieSGKB7IP0RxxL-g
Listen to all the songs that failed to chart by Piano Magic frontman, Glen Johnson : https://open.spotify.com/artist/5I9inzGpyb6yJudkcXUhuk?si=Dxem9ksgReyXUGu3G1PQMA
Got Piano Magic's 'Son De Mar' soundtrack on vinyl? "First time on vinyl for Piano Magic's wonderful, evocative soundtrack for the Bigas Luna film 'Son de Mar' (which translates as 'Sound of the Sea'). Mixing Godspeed like string arrangements with beautiful Max Richter like neo-classical compositions and rustic field recordings, Piano Magic made a soundtrack that stands completely alone as an inspiring piece of work and one of the high water marks of their varied career. This re-issue is officially licensed from 4AD and is exclusive to us!" https://www.normanrecords.com/records/33455-piano-magic-son-de-mar