The force of Moore’s band and the sonic bath the crowd received was proof that they aren’t just in it for themselves. It’s actually a kindness that the quartet put us through something so challenging. Like getting to the opposite end of Swans’s Soundtracks for the Blind or Can’s Tago Mago, you get a reinvigorated sense of music as both a great communicator of feeling and a bizarre yet succinct path towards enlightenment.
Love is Magic is perhaps John Grant's most consistent and enjoyable work yet. It showcases his trademark unpredictability - Soft love songs still turn sexual. Robotic voices are paired with Grant’s prettiest singing. The list goes on.
Joel is much more focused on learning and experimenting than he is on expertise. However, he still honors traditions that stand outside his background. “You wanna learn ‘enough’ of a thing before you put yourself out there,” he explains. “There’s also a danger in learning too much. I’ve always felt that.” What could be considered a scatterbrained approach to music ends up being one that keeps things fresh and relevant.