The Beautiful and Raw Mutant Pop of Magic Bronson’s “Tell All Your Friends” Exalts the Power of Friendship in Troubled Times

Magic Bronson, photo courtesy the artists

Magic Bronson employed a dazzling sonic palette in crafting “Tell All Your Friends.” It’s essentially a pop song celebrating the solidarity and support of friendship in a time of deep uncertainty and challenges. It has an undeniably exuberant and uplifting quality that draws you into its unconventional rhythms and production. Employing live guitar like samples, rapid warbling synth swells and dance beats, it’s at times reminiscent of a mix of 90s Len and New Zealand indie rock bands whose music always seems to come from a unique and eccentric place. A fusion of hip-hop production, rock and raw psychedelia without seeming like it’s trying to be something for everyone or putting too many musical ingredients into the same song. Fans of Unknown Mortal Orchestra will appreciate the wonderfully odd tonal inflections that run through the song and fans of Japandroids may enjoy the paradoxical mélange of disarmingly earnest melodies and raw energy present here too. Listen to “Tell All Your Friends” on Soundcloud and connect with Magic Bronson at the links provided.

Divide and Dissolve’s “Prove It” is the Droning Rumble of the Edifice of International White Supremacy Crumbling

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Divide and Dissolve aim to “decenter and destroy” white supremacy with their music. And “Prove It,” the lead single from the forthcoming 2020 album Gas Lit, sure sounds like it’s shaking the foundations and destabilizing norms. Fans of The Body, Lingua Ignota and Echo Beds will find much to like about the crushing industrial drone and the abstraction of social criticism into the very sound and structure of the music itself. The thundering, echoing drums in a kind of menacing dance with writhing, collisions of heavy guitar sound like a great edifice being torn down from the capital of an ancient, empire that has long ago lost its sense of mission and dominance, whose corruption is already cracking its own edifice and which must be cleansed from the world beginning with the symbols of its power. This is an expression of the fractures that have been exposed from within that power structure in our own world of white supremacy, racism, misogyny and all the forces that are maintaining an abusive and oppressive international system that is hurting everyone and the very environment we inhabit. Watch the video and listen to the song on YouTube and look out for Gas Lit due out hopefully in early 2020. The duo of Takiaya Reed and Sylvie Nehill has already been championed by the likes of Unknown Mortal Orchestra (whose Ruban Nielson produced the album) , Deafheaven, Sumac, and Poliça with opening slots on tour so with any luck we’ll all get a chance to catch the project live soon as well.