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Images Rolling – An Intriguing Review

Standing in the living room of a country house a collection of musical odds are created. All this happened with a lone figure being the center of all this activity. The Images Rolling by Marc Riglesford, Magic Arm was created in this way. It is a embodiment of inventive and contemporary folk collection. The record cuts into psychedelic and is not just restricted to the production but promotes the feel. This is the experience that many artists want to simulate in an effortless and natural manner. Do not judge the work of Riglesford on his debut work Make List or Do Something. These were of low electronica and are known to be an interpreted version of ‘Daft Punk is Playing at my House’.

Now the scene is different, after adding more instruments presented by friends and shifting into a three storey house, the artist has given a new direction to his music creation. Intentionally, the records are soaked with influences from Pink Floyd to Arcade Fire and Simon & Garfunkel. Moreover the influence of Brian Wilson over the modern artists is seen here, especially the Smile’s creation that is portrayed both in spirit and sound. It has been reviewed that Images Rolling is similar to breezy lo fi interpretation of Friends or Smiley Smile. Not to forget the Wilson’s DIY tactics applied to the studio recording on the opener “Put Your Collar Up’. It opens with a quartet of strings followed by guitar breaks and solos from the trumpet, all this in a hummable tune.

The highlight of the album is the Warning Sign and it starts with a piano introduction but not like Sigur Ros’ Hoppipolla, as it moves into a relaxed channel supported by stairwell drums and superimposed synths and trumpets. The strongest part of the recording is the first half. The second half gives a feel that it was closed too quickly. In a sense the briefness could be an advantage especially when compared to the length of the collection like the soundtracks of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories.

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Getting The Most Of Loop Pedal

Magic Arm, Marc Rigelsford is may not be highly popular but is making all the right noises in top places. Iron & Wine Sam Beam called him “the master of the loop pedal”. The songwriter will get more recognition with his new EP, Put Your Collar Up. In this work he has combined his skills with the songcraft. For EP Marc has worked in the confined surroundings of his home to capture the right sound to match his ideas. Magic Arm was asked to craft a brief playlist of loop pedal by Clash.

David Thomas Broughton uses Loop Pedal, a Dictaphone and guitar to come up with unique creations every time. The gigs are engaging and at the same time running and harrowing. tUne-E-yArDs uses the Loop pedal, drums and ukulele. She is capable of creating everything from the scratch and has the potential to make it impressive and exciting. Andrew Bird uses the Loop pedal, violin and guitar. His work has a lot of whistling and staccato violin. The atmosphere is fun and light. He feels happy to work in this environment. Denis Jones combines loop pedal, guitar and samplers. He knows the trick of perfectly executing the loop pedal. Using beatbox for rhythms, samplers, layered vocals and effects gives him the advantage of moving from heavy bass to subtle blues.

With Owen Pallett comes the combination of loop pedal, keyboard and violin. These are the tools used to create intense yet inspiring orchestral soundscapes.

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Magic Arm – Images Rolling An In-depth Review

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.

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