Review: The Amazons – ‘Black Magic’


If the spacey riffs and increasingly nuanced flavours of 'Black Magic' are anything to go by, The Amazons' eponymous debut album should be a killer.

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Far from your average indie rock band, The Amazons have been taking steps towards widespread recognition in recent months. The four-piece outfit from Reading was pulled up by NME, The Independent, and BBC Radio 1 as a group to keep eyes open for this year, being included in the BBC’s Sound of 2017 and MTV’s Brand New 2017 lists.

‘Black Magic’ marks a stylistic deviation from last year’s popular single ‘In My Mind.’ Instead of the chunky hooks of the latter – which, whilst finely crafted, are a little standard – we get a composition which is both exciting and mature in its technical execution, with just enough of the familiar flavours to make it a pleasure to the musical palate.

Matt Thomson’s euphoric vocals soar over tight guitar lines that shimmer with near metallic luminescence in the intro, driving into a nebulous main chorus textured with rising urgency all the way to the end. The whole track vibrates with gentle gusto, a rich emotional indie track deserving of the praise it has received thus far.

‘Black Magic’ is out now via Fiction


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MA English student at the University of Southampton and alternative music correspondent for The Edge.

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