“…a timeless throwback…” were the words we used to describe the single, For The Ride, by the Hong Kong-influenced and UK-based pop-rock trio, Magazine Gap, about a month ago. If you take the time to explore the warmly eclectic tones in any of their other work, what you’ll likely find is that word, “timeless”, takes on real, substantive meaning.
Singles such as, Ran For Cover, In Two Minds, and our personal favorite, Slipstream, offer something soulful, connecting and relatable—all prerequisites to “timeless” music, and any art for that matter. And, while pop is certainly a major part of their sound, the consistent depth and character of their music—I would argue—makes it a lovely antidote to the over-simplified, hook & draw style of electro-pop which currently dominates the airwaves. Simply stated, theirs is some of the most lovely “anti-pop” you may find.
In preparation for the release of their new album, What’s That About?, James Keen (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars), Alex Ho (keys), and Brian McCook (drums & percussion), have just released their latest single, Superficial.
With their signature less-is-more three-piece sound, Alex’s piano & synth and Brian’s steadfast rhythm provide a funky R&B backdrop beneath James’ wah-drenched chords and licks in this story of desperate love.
Keen’s writing plays the role of love’s hero in a world of chaos and distrust; an ambassador for love who argues against the wounds of time itself in order to keep the peace…
“I don’t want to ever feel it’s superficial
All I wanna be is sincere with no fear of this
I don’t want to hear a little artificial
I’m gonna pour out my heart and my soul for us…”
David Gray meets Tracy Chapman…
BELOW: Watch & listen to Magazine Gap’s single, Superficial, and connect with their website and social media platforms. Please support Magazine Gap by visiting them online, and playing, downloading, and/or purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, as always, thank you for supporting real music!