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21 Jun 2017

The Magnetic Mind ‎ "...Is Thinking About It" 2015 Uk Psych Garage Rock





The Magnetic Mind ‎  "...Is Thinking About It" 2015 Uk Psych Garage Rock

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The Magnetic Mind were formed in London in 2011 by singer Ellie Foden and former Hidden Masters bassist Paul Milne. Taking inspiration from the likes of Shocking Blue, Los Brincos, The Seeds, and The United States of America, they set about crafting a sound that drew upon the aesthetics and sensibilities of late 60s/early 70s psychedelia with the infinite sonic possibilities of modern technology.................

Debut album by London's leading Pyschedelic Groovesters sees the band bring all their influences (The Music Machine, The Carrie Nations, The Seeds, Shocking Blue, Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, Os Mutantes, The Creation, Iron Butterfly, The Remains, Barry Gray, Link Wray, The Zombies, The Byrds, Pentangle, The United States of America, Silver Apples, Booker T and the MGs, The Ventures) to their music and create an album full of late '60s references mixed with a sound that is totally unique on today's music scene.

The beautiful tones of vocalist Ellie will bring obvious comparisons to that of Grace Slick and rightly so, whilst the band behind her bring a wealth of different instruments to the collection of songs that add more to a straight forward Jefferson Airplane link. The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, The Mojo Men - a wealth of Soul, Rhythm & Blues, Garage, early Rock 'N' Roll and Progressive Rock are all evident in making the ....Is Thinking About It album a leading contender for album of the year, certainly in the '60's crowd spectrum. FEATURES (Like You Never Kept Me Waiting) What Am I Gonna Do A Lot Of Getting Used To All the Answers Hold On Me Thinking About It Should Have Listened To You In Silence How Can You Be Sure That's When It Hurts You As Fast As I Can When The Morning Comes The Mumbai Firefly Stay Away From The Door Maybe The Stars, Maybe The Sun..............................

This is great. I first came across The Magnetic Mind last April when I saw them at Le Beat Bespoke festival. I arrived early, and caught their sound check, which picked my ears up. I then noticed them socialising as the hall filled up, before they played a blinding set, that was, for me, the highlight of the whole weekend. They seemed to be part of the scene rather than exclusive to it, if that makes sense. I have been waiting for the album since, and got it two days ago. It is all I hoped it would be-a superb collection of tight, original songs. I was immediately put in mind of The Doors when it started, with the great keyboard sound they have-but its actually lighter on its feet than them-more Strawberry Alarm Clock-which is a compliment. Overall, the sound reminds me of the San Francisco bands from the mid 1960s-the folk and song orientated ones, not the 20 minute blues blow out ones. The music has an air of mystery, which will pay repeated listens, and the instrumental breakouts, are effective which portends well for the future. Great guitar work on Stay Away From The Door. Best song, for me, at the moment is In Silence-All The Answers is also good. Ellie Foden is a great singer.
If you think you may like this album, you probably will-highly recommended....By dave rock ................

The Magnetic Mind London revivalists released two 7″ singles .with only four tracks over the previous four years or so,But now release a full length album of twelve tracks and it is an almost unbelievable treat to behold.

“The Magnetic Mind is Thinking About It” is exactly what I’d hoped for, but dared not expect. While those familiar with the singles will agree that there are no massive surprises here – no lengthy, explorative workouts for example – what we do have are twelve really tight pieces of garage psych, all single-length and single-worthy, with more than the required compliment of hooks to ensure that they’ll be swimming around your psyche for weeks after only a single listen.

This Debut album by London’s leading Pyschedelic Groovesters sees the band bring all their influences (The Music Machine, The Carrie Nations, The Seeds, Shocking Blue, Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, Os Mutantes, The Creation, Iron Butterfly, The Remains, Barry Gray, Link Wray, The Zombies, The Byrds, Pentangle, The United States of America, Silver Apples, Booker T and the MGs, The Ventures) to their music and create an album full of late ’60s references mixed with a sound that is totally unique on today’s music scene.

The beautiful tones of vocalist Ellie will bring obvious comparisons to that of Grace Slick and rightly so, whilst the band behind her bring a wealth of different instruments to the collection of songs that add more to a straight forward Jefferson Airplane link. The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, The Mojo Men – a wealth of Soul, Rhythm & Blues, Garage, early Rock ‘N’ Roll and Progressive Rock are all evident in making the ….Is Thinking About It album a leading contender for album of the year, certainly in the ’60’s crowd spectrum.

There have been a few changes in personnel over the years, but the current line-up has coalesced into a rock solid five piece that allows each of the players to draw attention to, and play off of, each other’s strengths – not the normal course of events for those that choose to operate within the restrictive confines of a typical three minute song structure.

Vocalists Ellie Foden and Paul Milne’s voices combine in a way that draws inevitable (but lazy) Jefferson Airplane comparisons, but the Magnetic Mind are a much more garage-centric affair than their San Francisco forefathers, with organist Sarah Gonputh a dominant presence, supporting the rhythm section while providing plenty of memorable hooks of her own. This leaves plenty of space for Aaron Brooke’s fuzz guitar leads to thrash around like a cornered animal, rather than provide a rhythmic counterpoint.

There’s no point singling out individual tracks for particular attention on a release such as this. Everything here is lean and filler-free, resulting in a consistently engaging album. It’s like a greatest hits collection that’s been beamed in from some legendary sixties chart toppers from an alternate universe.

Enough hyperbole from me though, check out the stream below, where you can also buy the digital and vinyl versions, but be aware that the vinyl version has a MUCH fuller sound than what you’ll hear on the relatively weedy stream – but I’m sure the stream will be enough to grab your attention to start with. Thank God they finally stopped thinking about it, and got it done!....................

Tracklist
A1 (Like You Never Kept Me Waiting)
A2 What Am I Gonna Do
A3 A Lot Of Getting Used To
A4 All the Answers
A5 Hold On Me
A6 Thinking About It
B1 Should Have Listened To You
B2 In Silence
B3 How Can You Be Sure
B4 That's When It Hurts You
B5 As Fast As I Can
B6 When The Morning Comes

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