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Thursday, March 13 • 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Magic Arm

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Magic Arm is the alias of Manchester resident Marc Rigelsford. The project (named after “something I’d like to own… or invent,” says Marc) came to life when he was given two days to make a soundtrack for a friend’s showreel. He came up with Outdoor Games, the title track of this debut EP, and from that, he began writing under this new moniker. Two years in the making, the result is this charming, varied and experimental seven-track disc. Outdoor Games EP was released on Switchflicker Records July 11th 2007 Recorded at home on Marc’s computer, the EP ranges from twisted psych-folk to sinister pop and austere electronica. There’s plenty to love here: the title track builds to a towering crescendo, People Need Order takes the ’60s harmony-pop formula and skews it with a freaky backing track and instrumental I Want You You Want Me is built on a Casio organ beat but expertly – if incongruously – blended in with banjo and church organ sounds. Elsewhere, DAQ (Don’t Ask Questions) is what Marc refers to as his “un-informed take on electronica,” but is actually a neat track that pokes fun at the pretensions of the genre, love song You Should Know has elements of ‘30s pastiche and Move Out boasts a looping flute over a clockwork-sounding backing.

Thursday March 13, 2008 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Stephen F's Bar 701 Congress Ave

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