Magic Brothers - The Magic line


Thursday 15th August 2013

The Magic Brothers consists of Woody, drummer from the legendary ska band Madness, and his younger brother Nick Woodgate. Their new album 'The Magic Line' has just had its finishing touches put on and is ready to be released. 

Woody often refers to Nick as the "quiet genius" out of the two of them and this is far from their first musical collaboration – in fact Nick and Woody have written many Madness songs together, including two which feature on Madness’s new album ‘Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da’ called ‘Kitchen Floor’ and ‘Leon’.

“This album is a culmination of the music we grew up with, and loved. Our tastes are far reaching, and obvious to anyone who likes the 70’s,” says Woody. “Nick and I love writing songs together. Nick is a brilliant musician, and at heart a real sentimentalist. Mix that with my pop sensibility, and big production values and you get the Magic Brothers.”

The Magic Line was written and produced by both brothers and showcases a wide range of musical influences, from 60’s pop and psychedelia akin to that of The Beatles and Pink Floyd. As well as bursts of rich vocal harmonies reminiscent of 70’s progressive rock and pop groups like ELO and Supertramp.

Woody and Nick had a little help from some close friends including BAFTA award winning composer, arranger and keyboardist Simon Hale, as well as Mike Kearsey leading the brass section (Paul McCartney, Annie lennox, Beyonce, Radiohead) and Mike MceVoy on bass (Ian Dury, Steve Winwood and Soul to Soul).

The final product is an album that is a delightful, idiosyncratic journey, through childhood, life and music. An album full of uptempo, uplifting songs such as ‘Always Be With You’, the psychedelic stomper ‘Downtown’ and ‘They Tell You’ all of which boast big brass arrangements rich in style and texture. ‘You Don’t Have To Hide Your Love Away’ echoes Madness and The Carpenters, whilst ‘Magic Brothers pt2’ and ‘The River’ both show off Nick’s accomplished guitar capabilities. ‘Frank’ is a song about an old man Nick met at a bus stop in Romford suggesting an Ian Dury influence while the closing track ‘The Magic Line’ takes you on a train journey back to 70’s Britain.

The Magic Line is a dazzling melting pot of indelible pop songs, nostalgic affections and nifty songwriting, and will be released Monday 30th September on DW Records.

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