Chicago-based Musicians, Magical Beasts, are set to release a creatively-rich dual-EP consisting of twelve tracks jam-packed into ‘Peninsula’ and ‘When Love’s a Stranger’. We grabbed an early glimpse into both pieces of their musical puzzle, therefore, let’s walk through what’s to come.
Kicking off with ‘Peninsula’, Magical Beasts’ start off with the first track, “King of the Undead”, in which the guys strum into listeners hearts with a soulful serenade lyrically highlighting the illusions that individuals create within their lives that tend to take over the conscious mind. The second track, “Hunter”, begins with a moody acoustic that leads into emotionally potent vocals that aid in creating an atmosphere for contemplation and leads listeners through the grey to spark their light once again. “My Own Way Down” is the third track in which the guys lyrically confront the dark corners of their lives and instrumentally match the mood with a slow and haunting aura that allows deeper embrace of their current state. The fourth track, “Glory Be”, picks up the pace and is sprinkled with elements of mystery while lyrics that speak of the supernatural are tangible. “Learning and Forgetting” is the fifth track that lyrically travels down vitalizing meanderings of the mind while welcoming listeners into the reality that each of our lives take unexpected twists and turns and it’s our choice to allow these moments to consume us or serve as lessons to integrate into the future. Closing out ‘Peninsula’ with “That We Are”, the guys lyrically create an ode to their higher power while grounding into a place of deep gratitude.
On the flip-side, kicking off ‘When Love’s A Stranger’ with “New York”, Magical Beasts evoke hints of nostalgia and share the tranquility of the harmonica while lyrically speaking of pieces of their life puzzle in the big city that have seemed to slip by over time. The second self-titled track, “When Love’s a Stranger”, lyrically speaks of the territory that comes when losing the individual that you love and how the experience can morph your reality into a place of grief that is all-consuming until clarity is reached. “Lady Bird” is the third track that is an uplifting and romantic lyrical attempt to capture the spirit of the lady on their mind while the guys instrumentally create a soothing mixture of Blues, Country and Indie. The fourth track, “Someone to Lift the Blue”, is a highlight that is full of hope and the lyrical intention to share the journey with a fellow human being who is full of passion and love. Closing out with “Erin and the Storm”, the guys mimic the style of Johnny Cash with a mystical lyrical commitment to the devotion they have cultivated for the relationships that create a feeling of safety through both the light and the dark.
Depth and passion are two words that come to mind when musing upon the level of vulnerability that Magical Beasts lace within their musical delivery. If you’re a fan of fellow musicians such as Mumford and Sons, Iron & Wine and Death Cab For Cutie, then be sure to set a reminder for the May 1st, 2018 release of both ‘Peninsula’ and ‘When Love’s A Stranger.
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