Magic Bus are new to me, though they have two full length albums out to date. Don’t confuse them with the Psych band of the same name from Michigan. These guys are UK based. We’ve got two songs, one original and one cover.
Seven Wonders starts off with a tasty blend of gentle Folk infused Prog-Psych, with nice vocals and beautiful harmonies, acoustic and electric guitars, flute and organ. Then just past the halfway mark the band take off on a Prog instrumental that sounds like a lost gem from the 70s. The flip side consists of Magic Bus putting their own spin on The Byrds classic Eight Miles High. The song opens in droney drifty Psychedelic mode for an intro and then takes off into a cool grooving Prog-Jazz flavored take on the song that includes lots of instrumental segments and a fuzzed out Mike Ratledge styled organ melody. Great stuff. I’ll have to check out their previous albums.
The single is scheduled for release in September. For more information visit the Fruits de Mer Records web site at: http://www.fruitsdemerrecords.com
Visit the Magic Bus web site at: http://magicbusband.co.uk
Reviewed by Jerry Kranitz