|SECOND LANGUAGE MUSIC
Release Date: 20 January 2017
Format: LP Vinyl
|Piano Magic Closure Limited Vinyl LP
The aptly-named, 'Closure,' is the 12th and final official album by cult London-based Anglo-French self-proclaimed "ghost rock" group, Piano Magic, marking their 20th year of existence.
'Closure,' includes a guest vocal appearance from Peter Milton Walsh, singer of acclaimed Australian chamber pop band, The Apartments on 'Attention To Life.' 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 arrangements on many of the tracks here.
For this final album, the prime nucleus of Piano Magic were Glen Johnson (guitars, voice, programming), Franck Alba (guitars), Jerome Tcherneyan (drums, percussion), Alasdair Steer (bass) and Paul Tornbohm. Josh Hight of Irons provides backing vocals on 'Closure' and 'Exile.' Oliver Cherer (aka Dollboy) provides brass on 'Attention To Life.'
Forming as a lo-fi electronica trio in 1996, Piano Magic's first EP, 'Wrong French' was a favourite of John Peel's (they later recorded a Peel Session for him) and a Single Of The Week in Melody Maker. 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 'Son De Mar' film and '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 collaborators throughout the years included Alan Sparhawk of Low, Brendan Perry of Dead Can Dance, Cornershop, and Tarwater.
Often described as darkwave or coldwave, Piano Magic prefer the label, "ghost rock," an emotive combination of post-rock and haunting ethereal electronics – 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.
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