Piano Magic - Closure LP
Final album to mark the 20th anniversary of London-based cult Anglo-French ‰ÛÏghost rock‰ group whose ouevre includes collaborations with John Grant, Low, Dead Can Dance and Vashti Bunyan. Features guest appearance from Peter Milton Walsh of The Apartments.
The aptly-named, ‰Û÷Closure,‰۪ is the 12th and final official album by cult Londonbased Anglo-French self-proclaimed "ghost rock" group, marking their 20th year of existence.
‰Û÷Closure,‰۪ includes a guest vocal appearance from Peter Milton Walsh, singer of acclaimed Australian chamber pop band, The Apartments. Audrey Riley, go-to cellist for the likes of Nick Cave, The Smiths, The Cure, The Go-Betweens, Muse, Coldplay (to name but a few) provides luscious string arrangments on many of the tracks here.
Forming as a lo-fi electronica trio in 1996, Piano Magic‰۪s first EP, ‰Û÷Wrong French‰۪ was a favourite of John Peel‰۪s (they later recorded a Peel Session for him). By 2000, they‰۪d become a full, touring alternative rock group, recording 2 albums for 4AD Records : the soundtrack to Spanish director Bigas Luna‰۪s ‰Û÷Son De Mar‰۪ film and ‰Û÷Writers Without Homes,‰۪ most notable for featuring the first recording in 30 years of long-lost folk doyenne, Vashti Bunyan. The album also saw the band‰۪s second collaboration with John Grant, back then far from the critically acclaimed torch singer of today. Further collborations throughout the years included Low, Dead Can Dance, Cornershop, and Tarwater.
Often described as darkwave or coldwave, Piano Magic prefer the label, ‰ÛÏghost rock,‰ an emotive combination of post-rock and haunting ethereal electronics ‰ÛÒ a blend that has proved particularly popular on the Continent - the band have toured as far and wide as France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, Turkey, Poland, Ukraine, Portugal and Greece in recent years.
Tracks: Closure/Landline/Exile/Let Me Introduce You/Living For Other People/You Never Stop Loving (The One That You Loved)/Attention To Life/I Left You Twice, Not Once