Even Johansen aka Magnet follows his spine chilling and widely acclaimed series of EPs with 'On Your Side', with his highly anticipated debut album, released on July 7th.
Recorded over the past year, mainly in his tranquil pigeon loft studio abode, near Lockerbie in the wilderness of southern Scotland, 'On Your Side' is a beautiful and bold statement of intent. Powerful, dark, individual, creative - everything you would expect from a great debut album.
Johansen has been likened to many classic and contemporary artists from Thom Yorke to The Sugarcubes via Glenn Campbell and Air, but 'On Your Side' will establish his own identity as a purveyor of sinister yet achingly powerful lullabies, blissful sweet relief and melodious wonderment. His preceding EPs
'Where Happiness Lives', 'Chasing Dreams' and 'The Day We Left Town' gave people the first warm welcome to the world of Magnet. All received critical support throughout the media and across the radio spectrum, from the likes of The Blue Room, Xfm and Mark & Lard. The first's title track was recently selected in the Sunday Times Top 20 tracks of 2002.
Magnet spent much of last year playing several triumphant headline shows across the UK and Norway alongside dates as special guests to Doves, Gemma Hayes and Ed Harcourt. Gemma in turn makes an appearance on one of the albums standout tracks, a duet of Bob Dylan's 'Lay Lady Lay', where their
voices intertwine in perfect unison. For four minutes, the world stops and happiness exudes from their collective lips. Elsewhere String arrangements on the album come courtesy of Sean O'Hagan (High Lamas).
As for the album: 'The Day We Left Town' is soaring, anthemic
and mind-blowing. A fantastical cross between David Lynch's 'Lost Highway' and shaded 50's black'n'white movies played out on lap steel. 'My Darling Curse' and the deliciously strung out 'Overjoyed' offer yet more twisted insight into the whispered, wonderful world of Magnet, where despair flirts with elation over crashing drum beats, grand brass pomp and overwhelming
Then from the building joy of 'Last Day Of Summer', to the swing and glorious kiss of 'Everything's Perfect', where Magnet offers the eternal question, "...You say you'd die for me, but why can't you live for me", to the album's finale of 'Smile To The World', a last crackling waltz before normality resumes. 'On Your Side' is album that mirrors life itself, mood swings, darkness, light and a fundamental understanding of human emotion. Sometimes its good to know that all yellow roads don't lead back to Kansas.
Confirmed support gigs for Bebel Gilberto
19th JULY at Manchester Bridgewater Hall
22nd JULY at London Shepherds Bush Empire
30th JULY at Bristol Academy
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