THE MAGIC THEATRE rises from the ashes of OOBERMAN, that British band that The Times and Radio One’s Mark Radcliffe gave “single of the year” to, for “Blossoms Falling”, at the beginning of the last decade. The founding members, Dan Popplewell and Andy Flett, have known each other since their school days and they’ve developed various projects together, though it wasn’t until the end of the nineties when they began putting out albums under the name of OOBERMAN (with Steve Flett, Allan Kelly and Sophia Churney) that they began to receive public and critical recognition. Their three albums, “The Magic Treehouse”, “Hey Petrunko”, and “Carried Away” made them notorious on the British Isles; they even performed in the Glastonbury festival on four separate occasions. But, their activity begins to dissipate in 2006 and the band members begin to focus on their parallel projects. Dan and Sophia form THE MAGIC THEATRE and release their eponymous debut album in 2010, on which they develop a precious chamber pop, with delicious arrangements, full of luminous melodies and a lively, optimistic message.
And this single is the first recording news we have of the group since then. The title track that opens the single, “I Got The Answer”, which will also be on their new album, is a demonstration of folk spirit with a catchy, explosive chorus that absolutely bursts with brilliant Brazilian percussion. Baroque pop topped off with arrangements and a tremendous instrumentation, with Sophia’s sweet voice, which hides a tribute to life acquired through an accumulation of experiences and the need to live joyfully. “Still Hold A Light” starts off dreamily, mixed with violins overflowing with lyricism, and makes your spirit swell and your emotions rise to the surface, amongst echoes of THE LEFT BANKE, Laura Nyro, and Judee Sill. “Love Is Blue” (which will also be on the track list of “The Long Way Home”) is a version of the song that André Popp wrote for Vicky Leandros when she represented Luxemburg in the Eurovision competition in 1967, and which Paul Mauriat later turned into a number 1 hit in the U.S. They are making their intentions clear, putting this precious song closer to the version that Claudine Longet made after Paul Mauriat’s, with a renaissance pop spirit that reflects all the colors and feelings that love is surrounded by, like an impressionist painting. Finally, “Butterfly Dream” is a delicate composition with crackling strings and smooth guitar arpeggios that evoke the elegance and fragility of the songs from Françoise Hardy’s “La Question”, released in 1971.
Limited edition of 500 copies
Tracklist: I Got The Answer / Hold A Light / Love Is Blue / Butterfly Dream
Elefant Records ER-324