"Magic In The Dark" was an early folk song by Woo and one of the first to feature vocals, originally released on 'La La Luna'. It's now getting a 7" re-release to complement the reissue of the band's landmark record, 'Into The Heart of Love'. This 7" brings back both "Magic In The Dark" and two tracks left out of the 'Into The Heart of Love' reissue party: "Make Me Tea", another folk ditty, and "A Little Long Way". This sees Woo at their most conventional and sweet-sounding, based around little more than bright acoustic guitars and Mark Ives' deep, wistful voice.
Tracks:Magic In The Dark Make Me Tea A Little Long Way
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Ah Woo. What lovely, lovely music you make. This is a 7” to tie in with the re-issue of their ‘Into the Heart of Love’ with one track from the album and two non album out-takes. First up ‘Magic in the Dark’ is utterly delightful. Its much more straightforward than anything I’ve heard from Woo before with a conventional song structure and a full set of vocals (the voice on other Woo stuff I’ve heard is used sparingly at best). Still, it has that delightfully woody home-spun Woo sound with plucked nylon strung guitars, woody bass culminating with the most delightful extended outro complete with vocal shimmer and clarinet swells.
Overleaf there is much to enjoy, ‘Make Me Tea’ is a simple home-made duet that again eschews the pastoral instrumental work of their myriad of albums for something more straightforward. The closing ‘A Little Long Way’ is another example of their delicious early day synth and clarinet pieces. Utterly delightful. I love this band, everything they did is just fantastic. Comes in marvellous silk-screened sleeve. Ah feck it, have a 9.
9/10 kris coleman Customer review, 11th October 2014
....sounds like a lost love song by Nick Drake.This turned up earlier in the week and has not left my turntable since (don't you love it when a record is that good ?) which is making me do that strange existential thing of wondering what my life would be like without this version of 'Magic In The Dark' as I nearly didn't buy it,which would have been a crying shame.
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