The ongoing musical concern that is Maggie8 finally drop a debut full-length LP after shaping their east meets west indie pop sound over a number of EP’s, most notably ‘Charming Lady’ for Dance to the Radio and the self released ‘Merry Christmas One And All’.
Available via Total Confidence Records 'मैगी८' sees Mark Wright and Niv Pasharoty’s ongoing quest to imbue the spirit of the Cocteau Twins with a Bollywood pop sensibility come to fruition with lead off single ‘Hussain Bolt’ sounding livelier and catchier than anything that has preceded it.
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Maggie 8 are the on/off long term project of former Hood guitarist Mark Wright and singer Nivedita Pisharoty - a kind of East meets West cross pollination of clever indie and Bollywood influenced sounds - an early description had them tagged as “a hindi Housemartins” but this is a much more sophisticated effort than their earlier EPs.
Pretty much everything they’ve been striving for over the last ten years or so comes together on puntastic opener ‘Hussain Bolt’ - an absolute pop blast of a tune with puts the best bits of Cornershop, Animal Collective, Gruff Rhys, Cocteau Twins and (yes) Lily Allen into a mixing bowl, stirs rapidly and comes up with the kind of feel good summer tune that should be all over the airwaves if there was any justice in the world. It’s going to be a big ask top top that but the rest of the album ain’t no letdown - this blend of Bollywood influences and Brit indie is full of surprising hooks and clever production touches - they often use the ‘90’s sampledelic style with off kilter samples to exemplify a chorus but when they calm things down and play things straight as on the ‘Harder Than It’s Ever’ is where things really shine - mainly because of Pisharoty’s superb voice which swoops and swoons leaping octaves as the chorus reaches a life affirming crescendo.
The overriding feeling is that this is a band who have finally come of age. Its unashamedly pop - a confident and catchy melting point of ideas and proof to jaded hacks like me that it’s still possible to be original and to bring something totally new to an already jam packed musical table.
9/10 Arthit Promprasit Customer review, 26th April 2015
Not much of sitar-fused indiepop but more straight forward girl-vocal indiepop as one would expect any obscure 80s-90s indiepop bands would sound like. Highly recommended. A great find.
By the way this is my first Norman Records purchase in 20 years. Glad that my first come-back was this brilliant EP. I remembered buying loads of stuff from Norman back in the mid 90s and reading a lengthy e-mail newsletter drivel - most of it was about weather and music industry ramblings. Great to be re-connect with the shop. A wicked sense of humour remains intact.
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