Monday, December 14, 2015

Time To Catch Up With The New Magic Potion EP On PNKSLM

Sweden has produced a lot of great bands but, luckily, the latest doesn't sound like Abba, The Cardigans, or even Eggstone. Magic Potion are instead mining a vein of warped pop best described in terms like those devoted to the early recordings of Temple Songs.

That seems a fitting comparison as Melt, the latest EP from Magic Potion, is on the same label as the latest release from The Foetals, the new project from Temple Songs frontman Jolan Lewis. Melt is 4 songs of twisted near-psychedelia, each a little bit beautiful and unsettling in the best possible way.

Something like "Booored" revs up in the manner of the more affecting Temple Songs cuts, while "Deep Web" exhibits the sort of blissful world-weariness that Grandaddy conveyed so well on their early recordings.

The other highlight of this too-short EP is "1995" which purrs like some mix of My Bloody Valentine and Beulah, for lack of a better comparison. While traces of those worthy influences are found here, the music of Magic Potion is wholly original and affecting and there's a gentle lyricism here that tempers the more experimental bits of the music.

Melt by Magic Potion is out now via PNKSLM. More details via band's official website.