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Magana - Golden Tongue EP

by Kyle McCormick
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on 28 November 2016 in Albums & EPs
Record Label Audio Antihero
Rating 8/10

Whilst an "indie pop" tag might incline you to expect more '80s style jams à la The 1975 hype, New York's Magana brings something more solemn and beautiful to the table. Comparisons to St. Vincent are in abundance, and it's definitely clear that Annie Clark has some bearing on Jeni Magana's musical direction. Running through the four tracks and 12 minutes that comprise Golden Tongue are light guitar melodies with the emotional pull of gravity. The instrumentation surrounding these melodies strolls on 'Get It Right', yearns on 'Inches Apart', swells on 'The World Doesn't Know', and peaks in 'Golden Tongue' with an emphatic closing passage. These four tracks seem to showcase four different seasons of Magana's musical talent, and this EP therefore serves as a wonderful taster for what's to come, and an enticing teaser for the same thing. Stepping back to appreciate this as a debut release through an independent label really emphasises the quality of the finished product, which is essentially perfect, when you could be quick to assume it'd simply be some initial rough cuts. Incorrect assumptions aside, Golden Tongue is a charming yet short introduction to Magana, and hopefully an indication of great things to come.

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