Embracing the Magic of Magic Man
    • FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 2014

    • Posted by: Don Saas

    If there's one thing the 2010s may end up being known for (besides the swift crumbling of print journalism and the rise of digital distribution for pretty much everything), it will be the seemingly endless supply of inventive and fun synth pop acts. As crowded as a market dominated by Passion Pit and Foster the People may be, it would seem impossible for so many exciting acts to break through. But Walk the Moon, Chairlift, Future Islands, and many others have their own visions to bring to the world. And Baeble is very proud of the upcoming session we have with New England synth-poppers Magic Man.

    Over the coming weeks, we're going to be rolling out a series of pieces on this fresh and energetic five-piece, including an interview as well as a review of their recent LP Before the Waves. The album has been available since July, and here's a spoiler alert, it's a hell of a lot of fun. With the danceable, hook-driven, pulsating feel of Hot Fuss era The Killers filtered through our genre-bending, post-internet 2010s obsessions, Before the Waves is one of the strongest straight-forward pop records of the year, and Magic Man's charm only intensified with our intimate shoot at Mophonics Music & Sound.

    Call this your Baeble homework assignment of the day. Head on to Spotify (or whatever your preferred streaming service of choice is) and listen to Before the Waves, and get hyped for the shoot which should hopefully be coming up on the site sometime in early September. Or if you don't have enough time for a full album listen today, check out the music video we'll be linking below. Tracks like "Paris," "Texas," (sadly, the tracks are separated and I doubt are a reference to the classic Wim Wenders film) and "It All Starts Here" are as stand-out as it gets, and like few albums can, Before the Waves holds that energy up throughout. We know we're happy we shot Magic Man. Now, we can't wait for you to see the session as well.


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