Tuesday 24 March 2020

Magic Bus - Magic Bus (2010)

The debut album from this English band.

The band is a sextet with a lineup of flute, drums, percussion, penny whistle, bells, tabla, guitars, piano, autoharp, keyboards, ukulele, bass, finger cymbals and vocals.

This band is another new discovery in my life. They have released three albums so far. All three are up for review this spring.

The cover art-work above both tells the story and is a bit misleading.

Yes, their music is flowery and hippie. It is not psych or space, though. Far from it. Magic Bus is bang in the middle of the Canterbury scene.

The first half a minute of this album gives the game away. The music and vocals of Caravan comes through the air, loud and clear.

On the two first songs, that is. The album is still Caravan'esque, but the band is still carving out their own identity.

The music is still very much hippie and flower power rock in the Canterbury scene vein. There are even some hints of apple orchards folk rock here.

The album is stylish with some good vocals and great musicianship. It is a borderline sensational brilliant album. A couple of fillers makes this a great album and one all fans of the more songs orientated Canterbury scene has to check out.

4 points

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