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Bringing Psych into the Twenty-First century: A Review of Magic Shoppe’s Newest Album

Hailing from Boston, Magic Shoppe’s newest album embodies a sound best described as a dark journey through the subconscious. While listening your senses become heightened, reminding us of the dark elements present in each our minds. The familiar yet distant sound they produce lends itself to a listening experiencing that doesn’t feel completely lucid. By incorporating grittier post-punk elements Magic Shoppe manages to bring the Psych sound into the twenty-first century.

Released in June, the group’s newest album High Goodbye marks the seventh addition to their musical portfolio. High Goodbye is comprised of four tracks: High Goodbye, Lost in Space, Her Ritual and My Mind’s Eye. Although each of these songs has a rather unique feel, there remains an overlapping transcendental tone throughout the album.

Despite maintaining a strong Psych sound, this album exhibits a certain roughness and hypnotic heaviness that wasn’t apparent in previous albums. This new interpretation of Psych results in a much more authentic sound when compared to what a many Neo-Psych bands are currently producing. If you are interested in experiencing this new take on Psych, check out Magic Shoppe at one of their upcoming shows in Europe. To promote the release of their EP Magic Shoppe will be touring in Spain, France, Belgium and England during the month of September

Check out their Bandcamp page for more information on their upcoming tour and to purchase their latest album: https://magicshoppe.bandcamp.com/

Review written by Isabella Moulton– a stylist and designer by day, and aesthetic aficionado by night. For inquiries, please contact her at: theeccentricbourgeoisie@gmail.com | Keep it groovy <3

My passion for music was cultivated by my parents, who took me to see obscure bands perform and encouraged me to start my own record collection at a young age. I grew up listening to Pink Floyd and Peter Frampton with my mom; she told me if I listened to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” in complete darkness my life would be forever changed…I did and it was, thanks mom. From then on I realised that music does not exist solely to colourfully take up time, but is rather an experience that should be had as many times as possible. One of the first concerts I attended was The Who at the Hollywood Bowl, but as a teenager I started seeing a lot of indie bands at the local music hall, and was fascinated by the story their music told. Every song has a story and I wanted to hear it. So here I am, currently based in Vienna and work as a stylist and designer for my own company “The Eccentric Bourgeoisie” -- I’ll happily add some extravagance to your dull wardrobe or give you some flair to help you stand out above the rest at an event ;) I have lived in the US, Canada, Malaysia, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands and Italy. Wherever I have travelled music has allowed me to broaden my horizons by experiencing new things and meeting interesting people. It has the ability to connect people from different cultures and generations, influencing the way we think and feel…there’s nothing quite like it. The way it can capture the essence of a time, the energy of a people, and allow later generations to relive it is awe-inspiring.
 My musical interests predominately centre on what was produced in the 1960’s and 1970’s, but I also appreciate more modern bands as well. Something happened during this time musically and artistically which can never be recreated; it was like a sonic boom of creativity. I am drawn to the fashion, art films (Especially Nouvelle Vague and Giallo) and the records which were produced during this magical period in history. I have a soft spot for 1960’s garage, glam rock and of course French Playboy singers. My top picks include: T. Rex, Jacques Dutronc, Nino Ferrer, The Doors, Joe Dassin, the Kinks and Jacqueline Taieb. I adore modern bands which take the musical energy created in previous decades and build on it; some of my favourites are the Triptides and Mystic Braves. Show me your record collection and I’ll show you mine. Know some great band I should listen to? Get in contact! I’m always looking to expand my musical horizons.