The interpretation of Manchester Sound is portrayed as something out of date calling for no melodies and only vocal. People who are native of Manchester will be able to tell about what was representative of music in the place. If one could identify a sound spanning over the last 20 years it would be men playing loud melodies at the sides of experimental songs. It is similar to what Jim Noir, Polytechnic and Alfie have attempted and Badly Drawn Boy had to grasp it for some time. All this has been reeling in the mind of Marc Rigelsford also fondly known as Magic Arm.
The maiden album of Magic Arm was released in 2009 and it was the Make List and Do Something. It had managed to get good reviews from celebrity fans and was also TV snapshots. The downside was that the momentum failed to sustain throughout the album as it was able to create an impression in the singles. Images Rolling has the consistency and maneuvering potential giving room to the creations to stretch across the deserving space. It is perhaps the importance given to the piano in this album that naturally transforms into a ponderous mood giving scope for Magic Arm to fulfill the gap with some stunning melodies.
One of the best melodies is the Great Life that starts on a lo fi and breaks into a string-laden space loaded with melancholy and aches similar to what Grizzly Bear does. The single open the album with Put Your Collar Up that is the most gratifying of Rigelsford and has invoked a rhythmic step of chorus from the 1970s brass and strings breakdown that seems to be pulled directly from Gruff Rhys’ collection. ‘Is History’ comes with a psychedelic tinge offering ghostly harmonies collecting around the beats and organ. The ‘Warning Sign’ achieves an accomplishment similar to Sigur Ros tunes that comes with a melody.