Magic Wands
Aloha Moon


3.5
great

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
April 27th, 2012 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Smooth, sexual, mysterious.

Magic Wands are crashing the electro-pop scene with their self-described “lovewave”, an invented genre that combines elements of shoegaze, dream-pop, indie, and electronica. The “love” half of the title comes from the smooth musical soundscapes and limber vocals of Dexy Valentine - two sultry strokes of genius liberally utilized in their debut album Aloha Moon. With each heavy, moist beat and tingling wave of tropical-sounding instrumentation, it becomes more apparent that Magic Wands intend to envelop your senses, only releasing them for the few cool breezes that surface. As a sparse electric riff or ice-tinged piano passage manages to poke its head through, the vast majority of Aloha Moon is drenched in heat; drowned in the sounds of summer, lust, and undying passion.

Magic Wands’ debut has already been described as “bewitching”, “sensual”, and “hauntingly sexy” – but perhaps the best descriptor of the album lies right within the band’s name. Throughout Aloha Moon, there is a mystical quality that pervades all of the ideas swirling about this abstract “lovewave”, and if you allow yourself to sink into the atmosphere, you just might uncover what that elusive quality is. Take the pulsating, gyrating beat of ‘Teenage Love’ for example, where the glimmering electronic effects and soaring vocals combine to create something that is more than trippy, more than captivating – hell, it even tops transcendental. There is only one way to sum it up, and it is “magical.” Of course, there is no wizardry that goes into the making of the music, but the careful placement of every note results in something so rarely dynamic that it could be perceived that way. Regardless of genre, that is an impressive feat and an exciting prospect for listeners of all backgrounds and tastes.

While the album does appear to be slightly inconsistent in terms of quality, it never loses its focus from an artistic perspective. ‘Black Magic’, ‘Treasure’, and ‘Wolves’ are all significantly less memorable tracks than, say, any of the first four songs. But even through their inability to engage the listener shines a beacon of originality which permeates Aloha Moon for its entire duration. No matter how much you scrutinize the record, you will fail to uncover a moment that betrays the atmosphere upon which it was founded. In the end, that type of consistency is more important than complete, uniform excellence because it shows a vision…one that could perhaps be fulfilled in the future with a little refinement and seasoning. Thus, Magic Wands is a band boasting extremely high potential as the cherry on top of an already impressive debut.

Aloha Moon won’t be the deepest album you will listen to this year. It doesn’t reveal layers upon layers of textural and lyrical genius. It doesn’t pioneer unfounded musical soil, unveiling something groundbreaking to the musical community. What it does do, however, is provide the ideal summer soundtrack. It is charismatic, warm, and sexy, with just the right touch of mystique. To describe it in a visual sense would be to liken it to an exotic dancer slowly removing her clothes before the orange glow of an island sunset…on the moon. If that doesn’t leave you wondering, even a little bit, then you might want to double check your pulse.



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klap
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2012


10543 Comments


nice summary

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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2012


16785 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Stream it here sputbrothers:

http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/spinner#/10

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rotterdog
April 26th 2012


489 Comments


Only heard "space" off this but I'm loving my first impression.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2012


16785 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

First 2 tracks are my favorites, I love Space too though

Reviewed this spur of the moment, could easily grow to a 4 if I still feel the same way about it tomorrow

chambered69
April 26th 2012


1253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

diggin this lots sweet album/review man

BallsToTheWall
April 26th 2012


44786 Comments


boner jams

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bloc
April 27th 2012


34998 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Now this is what I'm talking about. This sounds kick ass.

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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2012


16785 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

boner jams

you're telling me. that voice, hotttt

JJwins
April 27th 2012


641 Comments


this sounds really awesome, I'll have to check it out.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2012


16785 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cool, let me know what ya think!

Funeralopolis
April 27th 2012


11753 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

liking this so far

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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2012


16785 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think it's like, a universal 3.1-3.9

It's the definition of "really good, but not phenomenal"

MaskAtTheMasquerade
April 27th 2012


2888 Comments


so lush, so good

macadoolahicky
April 27th 2012


1835 Comments


Summary is wtf

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2012


16785 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

why do you say that

Tyrael
April 27th 2012


20945 Comments


because it really is wtf

as in wtf sowing's summaries are so brilliant why can't I come up with something like that ugh fuck

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chambered69
April 27th 2012


1253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

THAT ALBUM COVER IS SO SICK

BallsToTheWall
April 27th 2012


44786 Comments


Seeing if this is on bandcamp.

thunder15
April 27th 2012


619 Comments


gayngs did lovewave firstttttttt

Dunpeal
April 27th 2012


3732 Comments


good review. i think it does this album justice. i'd give it a 3, personally. while it's enjoyable, I can't help but feel like it's best suited as background music for a flight on VirginAir


last dream pop album I really dug was Delorean's Subiza



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