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Album Review

Magic Man's second album, Before the Waves, is a sunnily extroverted pop album that takes the synth-heavy dance beats of bands like Passion Pit, melds them with the hookiness of Foster the People, and coats them with a healthy studio sheen that makes them 100-percent ready for the radio. Add in a large '80s new wave influence (especially on the Tears for Fears-quoting "Chicagoland"), the band's fresh-faced and uplifting vocals, and their tendency to write huge singalong choruses, and the record makes a positive impression on the first listen. Songs like the booming "Every Day" or "Out of Mind" sound like candidates for falling in love montages in a modern John Hughes update, "Too Much" adds some drama to their sound, and the aforementioned "Chicagoland" is a really slick update on classic new wave. There are some more modern-sounding tracks too, like the sultry ballad "Paris" which rides a slinky Maroon 5-ish groove or the dream-like "Catherine," which feels like the kind of song Justin Timberlake might have recorded if he was more into a-ha than MJ. Before the Waves isn't the kind of album that will set the pop world on fire, but it will appeal to people who like their modern pop crafted with a decidedly retro appeal.

Customer Reviews

Love it inside and out!

Magic Man is a great up and coming band! They have a unique New Age music with lyrics that mean more than most songs. I haven't found a single thing to complain about as of yet and I can't wait for July 8th to experience the new songs that I am sure will be nothing less than amazing! Keep up the good work guys

Master class

Unbelievably good. Catchy synth beats fuse with euphoric electro-pop for a dash of new flavor in the alternative genre. Every track has its own flow, vocals are varied and interesting, the chorus for most of the tracks just begs you to sing along, and there's a good balance of energy and rhythm throughout the entire thing.

We get the good stuff from the EP and overall the album is an absolute treat to listen to. Before the Waves easily propels Magic Man to new highs in their genre, and they deserve all the praise to stand alongside cult hits such as Sir Sly and Passion Pit.

Magic Man!

Love them! Great music, I hope they hit it big soon, they deserve it!


Formed: 2010 in Boston, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Magic Man are a five-piece band from Boston who make melodic, dance-influenced indie rock. Formed in 2010, Magic Man began as a laptop-based duo showcasing Alex Caplow (vocals) and Sam Vanderhoop Lee (guitars and keyboard). This early version of the band released one album, 2010's Real Life Color. Eventually, the group grew into a full-fledged rock band with the addition of Justine Bowe (keyboards), Daniel Radin (bass), and Joey Sulkowski (drums). They released the...
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Before the Waves, Magic Man
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Indie Rock, Rock
  • Released: Jul 07, 2014
  • Parental Advisory

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