The Magnetic Mind (UK)

The Magnetic Mind

 

“…Is Thinking About It”

 

Heavy Soul Records (LP & CD)

 

Benvenuti nei pensieri di una mente magnetica:  The Magnetic Mind, l’intensità di un suono solare diretto dai moti 60s di radiosità pop e cariche elettriche psichedeliche lungo variabili garage-folk-freakbeat a fluire tra fermenti di interessante realtà per lasciare il segno con il primo album “…Is Thinking About It”.magnetic now

Fondati nel 2011 a Londra, la loro storia è già parte di una family tree su notevoli percorsi del presente underground, una formazione che ora comprende: Ellie Foden (voce), Paul Milne (basso, tra gli ideatori di Hidden Masters con Alasdair Mitchell ex Bangtwister, sentiero nord verso Glasgow e relativi psych-fenomeni), Aaron Brookes (chitarra, ex Ruby and the Ribcage), Carlos Redondo (batteria) e Sarah Gonputh (tastiere), ingresso recente e contemporanea presenza negli heavyfreakbeaters The Lysergics con l’omonimo album nelle gemme di inizio 2015.

L’intraprendenza musicale dei Magnetic Mind si affianca a quella di odierni gruppi UK come Temples e Wicked Whispers, una pratica avviata da bellissimi singoli già rappresentativi di temi popsike originali nel proporre coordinate personali e distintive. Deliziose premesse in vinile settepollici lanciate nel 2012 da Maybe The Stars, Maybe The Sun / Laser Fingers”, produzione di prestigio by Liam Watson e registrato nei suoi mitici Toe Rag Studios, proseguite l’anno scorso con When The Morning Comes / The Mumbai Firefly sempre su Heavy Soul Records (etichetta londinese responsabile della rivelazione Strypes) che giustamente riporta alle stampe The Magnetic Mind con questo album di esordio.

poster magnI suoni si sviluppano da un costante dialogo chitarra – tastiere in cui l’impeto garage è addolcito da armonie vocali e incanti jingle jangle per abbracciare un vasto scenario che connette la West Coast di Jefferson Airplane, Byrds, Seeds, Music Machine a “(Like You) Never Kept Me Waiting” e “Hold On Me” oppure i meravigliosi sottogeneri psichedelici ‘extrater(est)ritoriali’ di Shocking Blue e Os Mutantes a “As Fast As I Can” e “A Lot Of Getting Used To” (con la partecipazione di Dave Briggs dei formidabili New Electric Ride al flauto) o ancora le colonne sonore dei counterculture movies ‘Psych Out’ e ‘Beyond the Valley of the Dolls’ a “Should Have Listened To You” e “All The Answers”. Vocalizzi  e cori eccentrici spaziano nelle sovraesposizioni Left Banke – Association di “What Am I Gonna Do” e “In Silence” sostenendo l’ariosità del suono anche quando entrano in azione i distorsori come in “How Can You Be So Sure” e “That’s When It Hurts You”, 135 secondi di magia fuzz su trame freakbeat R&B magnetic mind 7ad evocare i Makin’ Time di Fay Hallam nella seconda ondata UK mod di metà anni 80.

Tastiere elettroniche in ricorrente emulazione di Vox e Farfisa ma disposte anche a mutazioni Hammond e clavicembalo al seguito di armonie sognanti e testi surreali sospesi su arpeggi riverberati per svelare un sentimento folk più oscuro sotto l’immaginario ‘flower power’ nell’incontro tra Zombies e HP Lovecraft di “Thinking About It” (ospite Chris Hladowski dei Family Elan alla corde di un saz) e “When The Morning Comes” (l’edizione CD dell’album include anche altri due titoli dei singoli e “Stay Away from the Door” da un sampler digitale del blog Active Listener).

The Magnetic Mind tra passato e presente, la capacità di formare ricordi ed esporre pensieri con buona musica….. di essere attuali magnetica-mente.

Giampiero Fleba

One Response to “The Magnetic Mind (UK)”

  1. plenirockium says:

    English translation on request, thanks!

    The Magnetic Mind
    “…Is Thinking About It”
    Heavy Soul Records (LP & CD)

    Welcome in the thoughts of a magnetic mind: The Magnetic Mind, the intensity of a bright sound guided by 60s trends of pop radiance and electric psychedelic charges along garage-folk-freakbeat variables to flow among ferments of interesting reality leaving the mark with their first album “… Is Thinking About It”.

    Founded on 2011 in London, their story is already part of a family tree on remarkable trails of the current underground scene, a personnel that includes: Ellie Foden (vocals), Paul Milne (bass, one of the founders of Hidden Masters with Alasdair Mitchell ex Bangtwister, north track for Glasgow and psych-related phenomena), Aaron Brookes (guitar, ex-Ruby and the Ribcage), Carlos Redondo (drums) and Sarah Gonputh (keyboards), recent entry and simultaneous presence with the heavyfreakbeaters The Lysergics on the namesake album between the gems of early 2015.

    The musical resourcefulness of The Magnetic Mind arises side by side with today’s UK groups such as Temples and Wicked Whispers, a practice started by beautiful singles already representative of original popsike themes in proposing personal and distinctive coordinates. Delicious 7inch vinyls premises, launched in 2012 by “Maybe The Stars, Maybe The Sun / Laser Fingers”, prestigious production by Liam Watson and recorded in his legendary Toe Rag Studios, continued last year with “When The Morning Comes / The Mumbai Firefly ” always on Heavy Soul Records (London label responsible for the revelation Strypes) that rightly brings back to publish the Magnetic Mind with this debut album.

    The sounds develop from a constant guitar – keyboards dialogue where the garage impetus is softened by vocal harmonies and jingle jangle enchantments to embrace a vast scenario that connects the West Coast of Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, Seeds, Music Machine to “(Like You) Never Kept Me Waiting” and “Hold On Me” or the wonderful ‘extraterr(est)ritorial psychedelic subgenres by Shocking Blue and Os Mutantes to “As Fast As I Can” and “A Lot of Getting Used To” (with the participation of Dave Briggs from the great New Electric Ride on flute), or soundtracks from the counterculture movies like ‘Psych Out’ and ‘Beyond the Valley of the Dolls’ to “Should Have Listened to You” and “All The Answers”.

    Vocalizations and eccentric choirs ranging in Left Banke – Association overexposures of “What Am I Gonna Do” and “In Silence”, supporting the airiness of the sound even when the distortion pedals intervene in “How Can You Be So Sure” and “That’s When It Hurts You”, 135 seconds of magic fuzz on freakbeat-R&B weaves to evoke Fay Hallam’s Makin’ Time in the second UK mod wave of mid 80s.

    Electronic keyboards in recurring Vox and Farfisa emulation but also willing to Hammond and harpsichord mutations, in the wake of harmonies and dreamy surreal lyrics, suspended on reverberated arpeggios to unveil a darker folk feeling under the imaginary ‘flower power’ like in the Zombies and HP Lovecraft encounter in songs like “Thinking About It” (guest Chris Hladowski of Family Elan on the strings of a saz) and “When The Morning Comes” (the CD edition of the album also includes two other titles of the singles and “Stay Away from the Door” from a digital sampler of the Active Listener blog).

    The Magnetic Mind between past and present, the ability to form memories and expose thoughts with good music… to be a present-day mind magnetically.

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