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2 reviews »Hoorah! finally a decent Piano Magic retrospective to get one’s teeth into. If like me you’ve dipped into PM’s 17 year long career in fits and starts but want to delve deeper then this is just the thing. As an introduction to their interesting but prolific mid period, this is a perfect chunk of songs from a band that have ignored any trends or fashions in music but still remain l ... »

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Heart Machinery (A Piano Magic Retrospective, 2001-2008) by Piano Magic
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8/10 Ian Staff review, 05 July 2013

Hoorah! finally a decent Piano Magic retrospective to get one’s teeth into. If like me you’ve dipped into PM’s 17 year long career in fits and starts but want to delve deeper then this is just the thing. As an introduction to their interesting but prolific mid period, this is a perfect chunk of songs from a band that have ignored any trends or fashions in music but still remain legends in their field. ‘Heart Machinery’ is a two disc set out on Second Language packaged beautifully in a card book style sleeve, and the music therein is of magical quality.

Piano Magic are well known for their change in sound with their earlier material in a mostly post-rock, electronica style and more recent albums having a more guitar, bass, drums, band type of feel, like on ‘Speed The Road, Rush The Lights’ and ‘Paulette’, this retrospective picks out all those special moments in the PM back catalogue that just makes you want to revisit them time and time again. With guest appearances from Alan Sparhawk on the dusty desert song ‘Saint Marie’ and the legendary Vashti Bunyan on the folk tinged ‘Dark Ages’, ‘Heart Machinery’ is Piano Magic in lots of nice bite sized chunks of gorgeousness, two discs of amazingly crafted music that will make you realise how damn good this band were and still are.


9/10 Andy young Customer review, 5th July 2013

Fantastic Value , this double disc set collects all the mega hard to find releases from the turn of the century and what a varied set of songs . Ghost rock of the highest order , a mix of subtle electronica and 4AD style ethereal rock from one of the most interesting of bands .. Constantly changing members and styles , lots of Glitches , found sounds ..ebbing and flowing throughout . More popular on the European continent than over here a lot of these releases were on French or Spanish labels , often in minuscule runs.. Essential


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