I’m listening to Demon Days. It’s the new record, Magic Eye. Their debut. ‘Daria Smile’ leads off and I might have stayed on with it but ‘Disco Baby’ is the real heart.
But before we get to talking about it, if we ever get there at all, a little about the band. Actually, just know that these five are from Perth and that their sound reaches back. It sounds like its coming from some far off time when soul met funk and was evolving into electro but just as equally touched on jazz. Then again it sounds modern.
Maybe it was acts like Little Dragon which bought it back. But can the disjunctive sounds of jazz fusion return? Will this send people digging out those old vinyl copies of Jack Bruce’s Things We Like?
Put those questions aside because with this music there’s a more immediate pull. Demon have bounce to the ounce, they’re players. From the funk strollers to jazzier loungings, it sits tight.
Magic Eye makes no big statements. Its life is led through smaller ones. This music sketches emotional contours as it goes but just as easily it's halfway drifting into a dream. And what’s the point of a record other than just listening through, dreaming that somebody else’s dream?
There’s emotion. It’s in Bella Nicholls’ voice – never seen this band live, but I picture her as a cool figure onstage. Her feeling bleeds, it slips out of her vocals and through into the band. Or was that other way round?
There’s technical complexities too. This outfit has chops but it all glides. Magic Eye is smooth. As smooth as a feeling as they come. So let it play.
Words by Riley Fitzgerald
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