Well, it's officially winter here and I can't help but daydream about warmer weather and pretty flowers that will soon bloom. Speaking of which, If you're anything like me and enjoy pretty flowers and just about anything hippie like, you'll definitely enjoy these guys. Who are the guys I'm referring to, you ask? None other than Magic Giant!
Their single "Set On Fire" sounds like a more folky Walk the Moon. If you're familiar with Walk the Moon, you'll hear similarities in their indie rock, upbeat sounds. Unlike Walk the Moon though, Magic Giant has more of an indie folk edge, incorporating cello, banjo, viola, and harmonica amongst other instruments which helps to set them apart. Their songs radiate positivity, good vibes, and invite you to sing along.
In our latest Baeble NEXT Session with the band you can catch a more stripped down version of their songs from their debut album, In The Wind. They speak to us about how they recorded most of the album literally in the wild while touring the US, getting their band back together thanks to a festival promoter, and much more. You'll totally enjoy their down to earth vibes and catchy tunes!
because it was the smallest instrument. Opposite. - Isn't that funny? - I wanted to be able to fit in my pocket. - Lazy. - And a piccolo. I did actually go piccolo. - You played piccolo? - I played piccolo - Once you go piccolo... - You never go siccolo. - Yeah, seriously. - Hey, we're MAGIC GIANT. This song is called "Set on Fire. " We say it doesn't matter who's to blame. We're in this together. That's what this song is about. Sour, sweet as rain Leaves a stain Power, struggle of the heart Can't tear apart the plain Now I know that hello is a show for a sweet goodbye No tears to cry, oh Which one of us set a fire? 'Cause we both went up in smoke Which one of us cut the wire? Ain't no bottom to this hole Coward, burning the page Rose from the flames Flower tossed to the wind End to begin again Now I know that hello is a show for a sweet goodbye No tears to cry, oh Which one of us set a fire? 'Cause we both went up in smoke Which one of us cut the wire? Ain't no bottom to this hole Would you save me? And I'll save you We could save ourselves Would you save me? And I'll save you We could save ourselves Oh, oh, oh, Whoa, oh Whoa, oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh Oh Oh, oh, oh, oh Whoa, oh Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh Oh, oh Whoa, oh Oh, oh, oh - Yeah, it's interesting. It just kind of happened. That was the first song we put out ourselves after the EP, originally. And looking back, it's a funky time signature. There's a tempo change. - Yeah, but I think conceptually, it's a very common feeling where it's like you want to blame the other person and the other person wants to blame for whatever is happening in a relationship. Or if something is going wrong, it's always like, "Why are you doing this," and, "Why are you doing that?" But it's a sort of rearrangement of that concept. It's like, "Whatever. It doesn't really matter who's to blame because, you know, it's not working right now. " So if we can just past blaming somebody and figure out how we can stay afloat, it might be a better use of our focus. - Hey, we're MAGIC GIANT. And last summer, we were recording this song on the road for our album, "In the Wind," and we played it at a festival. And a girl came up to us after the show and said that she lost her best friend when she was 16 and she couldn't help but feel the presence of her friend when we played this song. And so as we continued writing it, the song was untitled at the time, and it became about her friend. And her friend's name was Jade. So with this song, we celebrate Jade. Sang the bird forever And then she flew away Rang the bell for dinner But you were out to play There ain't no sitting on stars tonight Look around, look around There ain't no sitting on stars tonight as the sun goes down Heard you call from heaven But I was out in space Did you get my letter? I know the world's a maze There ain't no sitting on stars tonight Look around, look around There aint to sitting on stars tonight as the sun goes down Woah, hey, woah, oh, oh, oh Woah, hey, woah, oh, oh, oh Hey Jade, go save the day Somebody out there needs you Don't say I'll be okay 'Cause when I'm alone, I'm with you There ain't no sitting on stars tonight Look around, look around There ain't no sitting on stars tonight as the sun goes down There ain't no sitting on stars tonight Look around, look around There ain't no sitting on stars tonight as the sun goes down Woah, hey, woah, oh, oh, oh Woah, hey, woah, oh, oh, oh - Good catch. - Yeah. Because we were recording as we went and kind of finishing the songs, it made it kind of, like, for a different type of tour. Like, sometimes, if you're just going and going and going, you're not actually stopping and looking around. But because we, like, booked these kind of quiet moments in places where we could record, it allowed us to actually work on the music as we were going, which was really cool, which is different than, like, touring, doing this whole crazy thing. And then you kind of go back to this...you know, it was like we were living it the whole record. It's cool. - The album is called "In the Wind. " We went around the country last summer. We had this tour lined up of festivals. We looked at a map and said, "Woah. We're going to some of the most beautiful places in the country. Instead of booking a studio time, let's just book it in nature along the way," so we did. We recorded in a redwood tree in Northern California, like, huge, huge redwood tree. Sounds awesome. You recorded banjo on "Jade" in that tree. - Yeah. We recorded in a tunnel in Washington State. And so how we were able to do it is we bought a shuttle bus and we outfitted it with solar panels. And actually, Zang did most of the work to it. So it's a solar-powered mobile recording studio. So we can pretty much go anywhere out in nature. And then that...powered by the sun is all the equipment, and then we can record in these different places. So it was cool. It allowed us to, like....it made us find places we never would've discovered, like, on a festival tour or whatever. We just would've flew by all these spots. So then it's like, if you take a left there, then, like, go talk to, like, the old guy who's like, "There's your tunnel," you find some really cool stuff. Which one of us set a fire? 'Cause we both went up in smoke Which one of us cut the wire? Ain't not bottom to this hole Which one of us set a fire? (A fire) - Sometimes, you say goodbye to someone, and it's not until 10 years down the road you realize, perhaps, that was the last time you will get to see that person. Reachin' out into the mistake Left behind the road we've run Found each other in a winter Lost each other in the sun We're bound to get it right next time Drown the darkness in the light Let it shine I'll see you on the other side Across the great divide La da, da da, da da da da da The world is such a wishful fishbowl We could call it home sweet home Swimming 'round our plastic castle we both thought was made of stone We're bound to get it right next time Drown the darkness in the light Let it shine I'll see you on the other side Across the great divide It's so easy not to try Watch the world go spinning by Oh, oh, oh I saw it flash before my eyes Great divide is far and wide Now is the time to start the climb We're bound to get it right next time Drown the darkness in the light Let it shine See you on the other side Across the great divide La da, da, da, da, da, da, da La da, da, da, da, da, da, da La da, da, da, da, da, da, da La da, da, da, da, da, da, da - We had a earlier version of the band. Austin and I had, like, a different little project. We played a couple of shows and then we lost touch for, I guess, a couple months. And then Austin got a call a festival promoter who didn't know that we were on hiatus to book us to play a festival on the East Coast, actually. And Austin instinctively called me up and was like, "Hey, we're getting the band back together. " That's when we met Zang, and kind of MAGIC GIANT formed from that. - Our current single that we just released is "Window," which we just made a video for that. And that will probably be out by the time this is out. What? This is crazy, right? - Telling secrets. - Yeah, we shot this today. We just shot this moments before you're seeing it. - So "Window" is... Well, do you want to tell them a little bit about the video? - Go ahead. - Please. - Well, the song is kind of a story of passionate, naive love. And the premise of the video is a girl is not having a great day, and we're the fun patrol there to cheer her up. - Yeah. And sort of the funny thing is that we climb through her window because the idea of the song is, like, "I'm going to come in through your window. You don't need to tell anybody. It's a little secret. " You know, like, booty call, sneaking in. So it's that sort of play on the words of sneaking into the window. - It's not a booty call. It's like a happy call. - Yeah, happy booty. - Happy booty. Happy booty. think of yourselves as like the fun patrol, here to like... - People have said after the shows... Like, and you can just see them. They might come in with their arms crossed, but they leave with a huge smile. And it has the same effect on us as well. Like, we might be having, you know, a mellow or a bad day, and then we - Yeah. There are days I feel like I'm this close to dying. I'm just sick or something. And then I get on stage, we play the first note, I'm like... - And then we just feed off of the crowd and...you know? - Hey, we're MAGIC GIANT again, and this is our new single, "Window. " It's 3am I hope you're home I wanna be with you Just let me in through the window I had a dream we fell asleep and woke up in ecstasy What makes a dream come true? And no one needs to know I will come in through the window I'm not leaving you alone You could write this love in stone I'm not leaving you alone It's Friday night and we're alive And the Baebel sessions are open wide We'll get there when we arrive (We arrive) Your balcony's a limousine The bed's a yellow submarine right off to great unknown (the unknown) Just let me in through the window (through the window) And no one needs to know I will come in through the window I'm not leaving you alone You could write this love in stone I'm not leaving you alone, hey La, la, la, la, la, la, la Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh I'm not leaving you alone You could write this love in stone I'm not leaving you alone Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh I'm not leaving you alone You could write this love in stone I'm not leaving you alone Here we go, hey La, la, la, la, la, la, la Sing two, three Oh, oh, oh, oh I'm not leaving you alone You could write this love in stone I'm not leaving you alone
In 2016 MAGIC GIANT moved bodies and souls in over thirty cities across North America, touring with bands such as Mike Posner and Beats Antique and playing festivals ranging from Electric Forest to Lightning in a Bottle. Their latest single 'Set On Fire has over 3 million streams and 350,000 video views. Since their self-release it charted #4 on Spotifys US Viral 50 and #1 on KROQs Locals Only. The LA indie band has built a reputation for its infectious sing-alongs and communal live experiences, blending folk instruments (banjo, fiddle, harmonica) with big drums and dance rhythms. They recorded their debut album from their solar-powered mobile recording studio and are set to release it Spring of 2017.