• Piano Magic

    Seasonally Affective: A Piano Magic Retrospective 1996-2000

    rgirl31, Release Date: 22/10/2001

    Piano Magic began as a hobby in a Muswell Hill spare room in Summer 1996 but grew legs when Glen Johnson sent a demo to Che Records who released it as it stood.  "Wrong French" won the heart of John Peel’s night owl audience and that of Melody Maker who awarded it Single Of The Week back when it meant something. Since then, Piano Magic has blossomed into a sort of shady members only club that's allowed the likes of Darren Hayman (Hefner), Simon Rivers (Bitter Springs), Peter Astor (The Wisdom Of Harry) through it's doors, most notably on 1999's "Low Birth Weight" album.  Over their releases for 15 or so labels between '96 and the present day, Piano Magic have bastardised Kraftwerkian smallbeat industrialism ("Popular Mechanics"), deformed regal Baroque pop ("A Trick Of The Sea") and miscarriaged odes of sorry to the war dead ("Artists' Rifles"). 

    “Seasonally Affective” collects all Piano Magic a-sides and b-sides between 1996 and 2000 including their very first recordings, now deleted, for Che, Wurlitzer Jukebox and Piao! – labels the band has outlived.   It also makes the obscurities for tiny European labels like Acetone, Debut and Alice in Wonder easily accessible for the first time.  Rarer than rare is “Sketch For Joanne” – a track for Dutch radio station VPRO’s Xmas compilation – of which only 50 copies were made. 

     

    Tracklisting

    1. Wrong French
    2. Industrial Cutie
    3. C'est Un Mauvais Pr├ęsage Lorsque Ton Aureole A Tombe
    4. Non-Fiction
    5. I Am The Sub-Librarian
    6. There's No Need For Us To Be Alone
    7. General Electric With Fairy Lights
    8. Music For Rolex
    9. The Canadian Brought Us Snow
    10. Wintersport / Cross Country
    11. Music For Annahbird
    12. Sketch For Joanne
    13. Angel Pie / Magic Tree
    14. Music For Wasps
    15. My Password Is A Dead Aunt's Name
    16. Magnetic North
    17. Me At 19
    18. For Engineers A
    19. How Does It Feel?
    20. For Engineers AA
    21. French Mittens
    22. The Fun Of The Century
    23. The Biggest Lie
    24. The Sharpest Knife In The Drawer
    25. Amongst The Books, An Angel

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