search or destroy:: piano magic

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so far all i've heard [artists,rifles/mort aux vaches/a trick of the sea/seasonally affective/son de mar] i've liked.

william, Tuesday, 22 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Been there, done that.

alex in mainhattan, Tuesday, 22 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

dunno wot u rabbitin on about. do u mean like russ conway & bobby krush? wasnt they on oppotun knock.

XStatic Peace, Tuesday, 22 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

one year passes...
Dunno what happened to the other thread but has anyone picked up the new-ish album? Thoughts?

NickB (NickB), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 17:14 (eighteen years ago) link

i thought it was rub on the one listen i gave it.

toby (tsg20), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 17:19 (eighteen years ago) link

You mean The Troubled Sleep Of Piano Magic?

I fucking love it, I think it's absolutely beautiful and emotionally arresting and i'll be very surprised if it isn't still in my top 10 albums of the year at the end of 2004.

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 17:27 (eighteen years ago) link

Great band name, great start, great image, but, ultimately a vacuous indie template. Popular Mechanics, Artists' Rifles, Mort Aux Vaches, Panic Amigo, all awful.

I own the "Fun of The Century" b/w "I am the Sub-Librarian" 12", and will never want for more from them; the rest of their catalog pales in comparison and they know it-- they've released those songs on what, three different CDs now? Son De Mar is a pretty heinous recycling of their few great riffs (chiefly the opening movement from Trick of the Sea), I'd destroy that as well.

Chris Ott (Chris Ott), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 17:29 (eighteen years ago) link

popular mechanics, trick of the sea, low birth weight, all still hold up for me, but the decline is drastic from then on

gareth (gareth), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 17:32 (eighteen years ago) link

i didn't even bother with the new record; i haven't listened to piano magic once, this fall-winter, and it makes me rather sad.

fiddo centington (dubplatestyle), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 17:41 (eighteen years ago) link

I've not heard anything else by them, mind. Should I be seeking out older stuff?

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 17:42 (eighteen years ago) link

trick of the sea, low birth weight, and the singles comp. fuck the rest, really.

fiddo centington (dubplatestyle), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 17:43 (eighteen years ago) link

Charlie gives me great hope that they may have turned things around. Personally, I'm not so much sat on the fence about them, more like tangled up in the razorwire. I love them, but I'm not blind to their faults. In fact I like them best when they're possibly at their corniest... 'Snowfall Soon', 'Password', stuff like that, and when I'm in the mood they can kick up a racket as beautiful to me as anything else.

NickB (NickB), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 17:48 (eighteen years ago) link

Trick of the Sea is undoubtedly their best moment as well as the Low collaboration "Sleep at the Bottom" (which is hardly PM anyway since only Charles is on it), but the new album is great, with the exception of the song that was put out as a single. My attitudes toward the other records fluctuate but I'd hardly live without them.

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 17:50 (eighteen years ago) link

Low Birth Weight is a terrific album I think but it may well be the sort of terrific album I never really need to listen to again. Like Jess I feel a bit sad about that but there you go.

Tico Tico (Tico Tico), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 18:40 (eighteen years ago) link

But Tico, it's a compilation, you can't give them Terrific Album credit.

Chris Ott (Chris Ott), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 18:57 (eighteen years ago) link

Low Birth Weight isnt a comp is it - are you thinking of the singles one? (which I think I only listened to once)

Tico Tico (Tico Tico), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 18:58 (eighteen years ago) link

Damn right, it would utterly rend the universe in two.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Wednesday, 7 January 2004 19:01 (eighteen years ago) link

the fortdax remix of "certainty" is essential. it actually makes the song not only listenable but utterly gorgeous

the surface noise (electricsound), Thursday, 8 January 2004 02:08 (eighteen years ago) link

Low Birth Weight is still great, as is A Trick of The Sea and I Came To Your Party Dressed As A Shadow. Everything I've heard after Artist's Rifles was absolute rubbish.

Ricardo (RickyT), Thursday, 8 January 2004 11:11 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...
i still dont reallty like artists rifles that much, but, doesnt it remind you, a little, of bo hansson?

charltonlido (gareth), Monday, 21 March 2005 01:55 (seventeen years ago) link

I rather enjoy The Troubled Sleep... actually, although I wish more of it was like the first track which is awesome.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Monday, 21 March 2005 02:30 (seventeen years ago) link

I only have Seasonally Affective and I don't dislike anything on it, although I'm not always inclined to listen to some songs. Every time I play it, though, "Non-Fiction" always gets a play. So simple, so heart-rending...

Ian Riese-Moraine. Sweeter than a lorry load of white Toblerones. (Eastern Mantr, Monday, 21 March 2005 03:05 (seventeen years ago) link

I love "Password" from Artists Rifles. I'm looking forward to the new stuff with John Grant.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Monday, 21 March 2005 04:54 (seventeen years ago) link

Spencer, i couldn't agree more. "Password" is such an amazing track!

ken taylrr (ken taylrr), Monday, 21 March 2005 06:14 (seventeen years ago) link

two years pass...

found myself browsing their site, and was struck by the beauty of their first record covers, which I'd never seen -

wrong french:


for engineers:

popular mechanics:

jermainetwo, Sunday, 27 January 2008 03:17 (fourteen years ago) link

jermainetwo, Sunday, 27 January 2008 03:18 (fourteen years ago) link

two years pass...

wonder if anyone could *cough* lend me the (out of print) recent second language cd-r thing?

djh, Saturday, 4 September 2010 12:57 (twelve years ago) link

second language is releasing the new klima album in october. wonderful news.

keythhtyek, Sunday, 5 September 2010 00:44 (twelve years ago) link

six years pass...

Has everyone lost interest? Can't see much fuss about their final album.

djh, Sunday, 8 January 2017 21:51 (five years ago) link


For Engineers A
I Came To Your Party
Wintersport/Cross Country
I Am The Sub-Librarian
Dark Secrets Look For Light
Saint Marie
No Closure
The Journal of a Disappointed Man
I Am The Teacher's Son
This Heart Machinery
The End of A Dark, Tired Year

(Disclaimer: Didn't really have a plan for the CD-R - it's not a best of or a perfectly poised overview, more just what ended up on the CD tonight).

djh, Thursday, 19 January 2017 22:01 (five years ago) link

Over the years I've come to the conclusion that The Troubled Sleep of Piano Magic has their best songs of anything up to Part-Monster (I haven't heard any of the albums after that).

Tim F, Thursday, 19 January 2017 22:23 (five years ago) link

the new album is great, prefer it to the last one. they're friends so I give them a pass even when they haven't been exceptional. Troubled Sleep is a lovely album; so is Disaffected. The new one is largely a kind of 'song' album, as opposed the assortment of oddments albums that were par for the course early on.

akm, Thursday, 19 January 2017 23:31 (five years ago) link

Those are both great, Artist's Rifles still a favourite when driving at night. Will def check the new one out.

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 20 January 2017 11:25 (five years ago) link

always had a lot of affection for this band - for some personal reasons (I learned of them just as we were becoming stablemates) and then also because their music was distinctive: no one else really like them in my view! hadn't heard there was a latest, keen to listen

though she denies it to the press, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Friday, 20 January 2017 12:38 (five years ago) link

I had no idea they were still going! I thought the 'Heart Machinery' comp of a year or so ago was their final release. New one has been duly ordered!

'Ovations' is a great record is anyone is looking to explore their more recent output.

Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Friday, 20 January 2017 13:49 (five years ago) link

ten months pass...

So ... Piano Magic's "Closure" or Angele David-Guillou's "En Mouvement"?

djh, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 22:14 (four years ago) link

Closure is a good album for them to finish up on though it falls short of being one of their best. Angele's album is sublime.

akm, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 23:12 (four years ago) link

I thought Klima was her completely solo thing but there was someone else in that.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 00:20 (four years ago) link

I really like Closure, I will need to check out the other one

Simon H., Wednesday, 6 December 2017 00:22 (four years ago) link

I'm struck by how much of Piano Magic's back catalogue I enjoy these days ... I don't think my journey alongside them has always been a straight-forward one - I've often come round to albums long after the fact.

djh, Wednesday, 13 December 2017 20:58 (four years ago) link

several people from piano magic backed her on the Klima albums (not glen)

akm, Wednesday, 13 December 2017 23:30 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Having a prolonged Piano Magic "phase". Really enjoying the "Heart Machinery" compilation. Strangely, "Artists Rifles" seems like a "classic" these days. I was fairly ambivalent at the time, wanting them to carry on making music along the lines of "For Engineers".

djh, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 21:06 (four years ago) link

six months pass...

Y'all aware of this?

djh, Sunday, 22 July 2018 20:30 (four years ago) link

Genuinely amazed how long it has taken Pin/Johnson to sell 200 copies of this ((or 185, there are still 15 copies left with the free cassette). I'd kind of imagined that Johnson would have a "fan base"/"market".

djh, Sunday, 5 August 2018 17:39 (four years ago) link

Eight copies left!

(I feel like I'm street-teaming).

djh, Sunday, 12 August 2018 18:11 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

They - Piano Magic rather than Pin/Johnson - were sounding amazing on my headphones, tonight.

Was playing the compilation above and this run ...

Saint Marie
No Closure
The Journal of a Disappointed Man
I Am The Teacher's Son

... was just incredible.

djh, Saturday, 20 October 2018 21:07 (three years ago) link

four months pass...

djh, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 20:44 (three years ago) link

TIL what agrestic means

doug watson, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 21:23 (three years ago) link

β€œEnglish radiophonic soundscapers.”

macropuente (map), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 21:25 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

New music from Glen:

djh, Sunday, 12 April 2020 18:12 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

New radio show from Glen:

djh, Monday, 10 August 2020 20:51 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

Live album on Bandcamp:

djh, Friday, 18 December 2020 10:15 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

New Johnson/Pin album:

djh, Thursday, 22 September 2022 21:16 (one week ago) link

love we don't just disappear and surprised that they're doing a second album under this name. "demolitions" is great and a perfectly eerie mood for fall. yep, excited for this one.

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