• Ovations

    Piano Magic's 10th official album, 'Ovations,' is released on Monday 12th October 2009.

    Recorded through May to August this year by Gareth Parton (The Go-Team, The Breeders, Pete & The Pirates), at his petite La Planque studio and The Fortress in London, 'Ovations' is clearly the Anglo-French group's most coherent, confident and dynamic record to date.

    Typically for a Piano Magic record, it's a restless beast; a record that swings wildly between Marrakesh, Eastern Europe, Sevilla and early 80's Manchester without breaking sweat. Piano Magic have always worn their influences on their sleeves and this is no exception. The Chameleons, Joy Division and The Cure intersect with Turkish darabuka, hammered dulcimer, viola, cello, flamenco claps. Elsewhere, there are cold analogue synths, chiming guitars, mournful piano and industrial percussion.

    Piano Magic's fascination with Eurasian percussion is, in part, much down to one of their biggest influences - the Melbourne-born, though World-wise, 4AD Records-signed group, Dead Can Dance. And it's no small coup that 'Ovations' features not only DCD's supreme percussionist/dulcimer, Peter Ulrich but also the voice of principal songwriter, Brendan Perry on two tracks ("You Never Loved This City" and "The Nightmare Goes On"). The reclusive Perry, himself, a very recent convert to Piano Magic's music was only too happy to sing with a group that by his own admission, were making "the most beautiful music" he's heard for a long time. ....

    'Ovations' showcases Piano Magic at the dizzy heights of their songsmithery - romantic, emotive, dynamic, anthemic.


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