“Ghostrock,” it’s been called in some corners of Europe. Piano Magic’s dynamic, romantic, often brooding brand of music has a spectral presence to it that ultimately mesmerises, live and on record. This, their 6th album proper, further explores their trademark glacial sound whilst reaching out into melodic pop territory. The Smiths, 1980’s 4AD and Factory Records – Piano Magic unashamedly wear their influences on their sleeves whilst managing to sound much more than a sum of their inspirations.
There’s no denying that this isn’t happy music. You know where to go if you want that. Piano Magic deal in loneliness, in confusion, in late nights, in crumbling friendships, in dying relationships. And yet, there’s heart, there’s hope, there’s love somewhere in there.
Recorded between October 2004 and January 2005 at the group’s regular studio, The Fortress, in London and their own Murder Mile home-studio, ‘Disaffected’ features guest vocal contributions from John Grant of The Czars and Angèle David-Guillou of Klima.
Piano Magic openly refer to themselves a ‘European band.’ Though, London based, 4 of the band are French – Jerome Tcherneyan, Franck Alba, Cedric Pin and Angèle David-Guillou. Glen Johnson and Alasdair Steer are English. And certainly, though some of their songs deal directly with the cold reality of English city life, the emotions are universal.