Artist: Slow Magic
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Release: 30 April 2012
In contemporary electronic music many strides and deviations from traditional sound and musical orientation has allowed for live performance experimentation, and an anonymous ownership to the art. In this particular case, a polychromatic tribal fox mask has been the face to an “unknown imaginary friend”, known as Slow Magic. There is not a lot known of the man himself, but up until his debut release in April 2012, Triangle has put into sound a nostalgia sometimes forgotten. Although the masked appearance has been used before it leaves his art and sound to permeate as an idea, an atmosphere.
The album art to Triangle has three children playing, blown out in contrast to the setting sun on a beach. Their shadowy figures are filled with galactic inlay, suggesting the cosmic state of our lost innocence. There are two tracks, “Toddler Tigers” and “Youths”, that allow for such a suggestion, and although this album is void of lyrical content, there are sampled vocal keys throughout and interludes, like on the last track “Music”. Slow Magic doesn’t fall into a genre except that it is electronically based and engineered to create a dream space that cannot be pinpointed. The music here highlights the beauty all around us, existing to bring people together on a spiritual plane, unbiased and floating in and out of this world.
To fully appreciate this “magic” I advise you catch a live performance, ready to let loose your dispositions and dance. He brings a native element to his songs, smashing into a turned-up kick drum and floor tom, adding a percussive fill to the falling beats. It’s interesting to see and resonates in a more organic way. Aside from Triangle, Slow Magic has several remixes and a single, On Yr Side, worth checking out and just released another called Youth Group, supposedly part of full length to be announced later.
Reviewed by David J. Rivera