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Magic Man – Texas

Well here’s another track from Magic Man. We went to “Paris” with them at the beginning of March, and now — a weekend before we exit the month like a lamb (fingers crossed), we’re heading to “Texas” still reeling like a lion.

The track dropped yesterday, and personally, I haven’t been able to stop listening to it. Magic Man describes their sonics as “triumphant synth rock.” There are no words better to apply to this Rhode Island band. They’re really something to keep your eyes on this year. “Paris” showed their softer side, a side that proves they’re pop (the track’s hook is infectious), but deep enough in writing and musical composition to set them apart from other emerging artists as the — I hesitate to say this — genuine ones. They aren’t trying to be anything but themselves. Confidence is laced within their sound and it’s done shamelessly, and therefore honestly. You cannot be shameless in dishonesty.

I digress. “Texas” begins with a lo-fi recording saying, “You are about to embark on the most wonderful experience of your life” before synths roar in, symbols crash, and the drums bum-bum-bum with gusto. It’s quite the welcome if there was any. From there we’re brought into a world that’s rooted in New Order, early 2000’s alt-rock (you know like those indie bands you’d put on your MySpace? This is a good thing F.Y.I.!), and Neon Trees. They’ve pulled their influences together, made a hearty stew out of ’em, and are serving something uniquely Magic Man. “Texas” itself isn’t mentioned at all during the powerful three-and-a-half-minutes, but that’s besides the point. This track is yet another confessional. Instead of wishing away love, they’re fully invested in it and willing to travel to “whatever coast” to make it work. It’s rather endearing, to be honest. And perhaps I’ve never really felt that strongly for anyone, but this kind of emotion seems “wonderful.” It’s probably anything-but, but who’s to say.

What I can say is that this track should really speak for itself. If there’s anything to take away from and comment on, it’s the idea of embarking on a “wonderful experience.” Be it a new job, moving to a new city, exploring a city alone for the first time, falling in love, or simply wearing whatever you goddamn please and not caring because the experience of doing you is more wonderful than following the status quo. The weekend is hours away, too, and every weekend should be a wonderful experience in itself. Hell, as cliche as it may sound — life is a wonderful experience. And with a song like this to add to its soundtrack, it just got a whole lot more wonderful.

Here’s to living wonderfully.

Magic Man – Texas