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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 Read more on Last.fm
Thoroughly recommend Rob Young's 'Electric Eden' book if you're interested in the influence of pastoral English folk music on the likes of Talk Talk, Kate Bush, Julian Cope etc. Even so, we feel it's important to correct the inference that Vashti Bunyan's first vocal recording since the 70's was on Devendra Banhart's 2004 album, 'Rejoicing in the Hands' album. It was, in fact, on Piano Magic's 2002 album, 'Writers Without Homes.' That recording, of course, was 'Crown Of The Lost' : https://youtu.be/9btoNIr_rW4
Mar 10, 2019
Mar 09, 2019
An early incarnation of Piano Magic, Het Patronaat, Haarlem, The Netherlands (year?) circa 'Mort Aux Vaches'/'Artists Rifles.' Glen Johnson, Paul Tornbohm, John Cheves (Miguel Marin on drums out of shot).
New release ahoy on Glen Johnson of Piano Magic's Second Language Music label. Oliver Cherer's sublime 'I Feel Nothing Most Days' out on 26th April 2019 is available to pre-order from Bandcamp : https://olivercherer.bandcamp.com/
Piano Magic fans will undoubtedly find some common ground here. From the official press release :
"‘I Feel Nothing Most Days’ perhaps evokes the spirit of early 80's independent labels like Cherry Red or Les Disques Du Crespuscle, who specialised in a very European melancholic romanticism. There are echoes of Ben Watt’s debut solo album, ‘North Marine Drive’ and his EP collaboration with Robert Wyatt, ‘Summer Into Winter.’ There’s also an undeniable nod to early Durutti Column – accentuated by Ollie’s use of a Fender guitar on the album previously owned by Vini Reilly himself (used most notably on Morrissey’s debut solo album, ‘Viva Hate’).
There’s a faded seaside town introspection to many of the songs here; of the shadowy halls of Victorian guest houses that’ve seen much better days; of lone figures on windswept sea fronts staring out to passing ships on the horizon."
For those who missed their recent shows, here's some wonderfully shot and recorded footage of our good friends, The Apartments, in concert in Lyon this past October.
Dec 16, 2018
Piano Magic's final concert took place 2 years ago this month. Their final album. 'Closure,' on CD and vinyl, with free fanzine of interviews with the band, still available from their Bandcamp page :
Nov 30, 2018
Piano Magic's Glen Johnson once again hooks up with Italian post rockers Giardini di Mirò on their new album, 'Different Times,' out today (30/11/18) across all platforms. Johnson contributes spoken word to the track, 'Failed To Chart.'