Magic Arm performs new single Put Your Collar Up, at the world renowned Chetham's school of music -- a venue rarely used for public concerts. Dating back to the 15th Century, it is one of Manchester's oldest surviving buildings and houses the oldest public library in the English-speaking world, famously visited by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
Images Rolling out 3rd June 2013 Limited edition vinyl is available for pre-order £14.99 inc P&P. Moving away from the more electronic sound of his debut LP, Images Rolling has taken on the natural reverbs of the vast part-derelict three-storey house, coming over as an altogether warmer and more comforting entity. Take infectious opener Put Your Collar Up; classical sounds are thrown off centre by detuned pianos and woozy synths that move with hip hop bounce. Elsewhere Warning Sign recalls the ambience of Mercury Rev’s weirdly magical off-kilter daydreams whilst Lanes’ sweeping strings and the merry-go-round waltz of Great Life give light to Rigelsford’s new method of exploration in writing songs on a piano rather than a guitar for the very first time. “After finishing the first album I bought a piano with the intention of learning it and it being a key part of the new album. I spent a few months learning Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata as an entry point.” From entry point to its end Images Rolling is a restless, fearlessly ambitious, yet understated and articulate piece of work. No-one could ever accuse Rigelsford of making music that fits into any ...
Magic Arm will play a string of special shows in churches and suitably ornate venues ahead of the album this May: 9th May - The Caves, Edinburgh with Sparrow and the Workshop Tickets £6 10th May – The Glad Café, Glasgow with Jonnie Common Tickets £6 13th May – The Porter, Bath with The Bony King of Nowhere 16th May - St Pancras old church, London with Dan Clews Tickets £7 17th May - Baronial Hall, Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester with Nancy Elizabeth Tickets £6 18th May - LEAF on Bold St, Liverpool with Silent Cities Tickets £5
When: 7pm on Friday 17 May 2013 Where: Chetham’s School of Music, Long Millgate, Manchester M3 1SB We’re delighted to be helping Magic Arm unveil his new album Images Rolling – our first concert in the Baronial Hall at Chetham’s School of Music! Following 2009’s debut album Make Lists Do Something, Images Rolling is a further exploration of the musical playground that is Magic Arm’s world. Somewhere between ‘This Way Up’ cardboard boxes and the stairwell in which the new record’s violin and trumpet sounds were recorded, a studio gradually took shape in Marc Riglesford’s – aka Magic Arm – new house. Boasting an array of cables, switches, and instruments donated by friends and family such as a piano, guitar, bass, synths, keyboards, glockenspiel, various types of organ, and drums, Rigelsford’s new sound workshop offered the perfect balance between vocational artistic freedom and a chaotic living space; ‘Tripping over your instruments on your way to the kitchen is a constant reminder that there is something else that you should be doing,’ he confesses. ‘Magic Arm makes incredible music; I dare you to tell me it sucks’ – Ed Droste, Grizzly Bear ‘The master of the loop pedal’ – Samuel Beam, Iron and Wine Limited edition vinyl of Images Rolling, ...
Released 08/10/2012 DIY pop raconteur Marc Rigelsford – the mastermind behind Manchester’s Magic Arm – has got some nerve. It takes a brave soul to pen a debut album as daring and different as 2009’s acclaimed Make Lists, Do Something – a record that tumbles through the kaleidoscopic pop sprawl of early McCartney and Beach Boys adding a sinister electronic edge. The prodigious Mancunian’s much anticipated new EP, Put Your Collar Up, is every bit as adventurous. Recorded alone with the multi-talented Rigelsford performing all instruments, it looks certain to cement his growing reputation as one of the most exciting prospects in British music today – in the words of the Guardian Guide, “like waves of lysergic happiness lapping against your cerebral cortex.”
Swalf 18 In the last 2 years Magic Arm has been recording at home and touring Europe, supporting Camera Obscura on a 6 week European tour followed by two solo tours of his own. The second album, Images Rolling is an ambitious move away from the electronic based music of the debut using more acoustic instruments, such as piano and violins, choosing this time not to record in a studio. The sound of the record became influenced by the natural reverbs and surroundings of the vast part-derelict three-storey house he was living in. With influence from Simon and Garfunkel, Yann Tierson and the sound tracks of Michael Galasso it lead to the record to having a more natural sound.
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The second installment of Northern Lights presents David Hoyle's Beachy Head, a cabaret-style take on the British seaside starring Blackpool's finest David Hoyle, oiled wrestling with Ashley Ryder, Will N Rick on ukulele & theremin, The Mermaid of Manchester, fire eating Hula Hooper's So bring your buckets and spades and come and build sandcastles, get your palm read, feast at the Beachy Head Bar-B-Q or sunbathe on deck chairs in the glorious PlattFields Chapel, Plattfields Park, Rusholme. Bank holiday Sunday 29 May Platt Chapel, Rusholme.M14 6JA £6 adv