EP REVIEW: “Eventide” by Magenta Voyeur

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It is so refreshing to hear a modern prog / psychedelic rock band embrace some of the more unpopular and less sexy aesthetics of the genre. To hear a band utilise keyboards, synths, organs and the extended guitar solo – and I’m talking proper noodling and fretboard gymnastics – the way they are meant to in a prog setting is beyond glorious and that is what sets Magenta Voyeur apart from their peers. They lean on the prog genres rule book but in doing so re-invent it in their own vision sprinkling it with a modern pulse that makes it musically diverse. This is a band who could appeal to the metal fan, the indie rock fiend, the boring post rock guy, the rocker, the modern Kevin Parker wannabe and anyone else who appreciates interesting music. It’s a no brainer that pop music appeals to everyone but Magenta Voyeur are in a way, more appealing because they make sounds that can connect with so many different kinds of music listeners and that is a power that they wield with a quiet confidence.

A lot of the times when these “we put all of these genres in a blender to be different” bands are sent to me they never work because they never wrestle or refine all of those influences into one direct piece of communication. On their debut EP “Eventide” Magenta Voyeur succeed in being a genre magic bullet blender and it is fucking exciting to go on the journey they have prepared for us. The music is weird, disciplined and adventurous all the while maintaining progressive song structures that never overstay their welcome. This is a band who have mastered writing music that is long but with every minute being vital to the songs overall communication. To be this direct yet still remain progressive and psychedelic illustrates the insanely high collective intelligence of the group. To avoid nostalgia whilst paying tribute to their influences is also a big plus because it allows the music to remain sincere. It personally to my ears doesn’t sound like anyone else and is utterly unique. Everything I love about music is contained in this EP and it is a glorious experience to re-live over and over again.

I like music that is fearless and progressive and futuristic – in 2015 one of the bands who manage to submit to all three of these criteria’s is Magenta Voyeur and with time they will quietly manage to take over the world.

9 Cassette Tapes Out of 10

By: Dan Newton

Useful Links:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/magentavoyeur
Bandcamp – http://magentavoyeur.bandcamp.com/

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