‘Meteorites’ from Magic Car - songs to caress the listener’s ear(September 13, 2016)
The essence of homegrown folk Americana is no longer solely the province of the home of the brave and land of the free, in fact for many years it has sprouted in a dozens of countries, with bands from the UK being right up there with the leading protagonists. Among the UK’s leading lights are Magic Car, the driving force for which is songwriter Phil Smeeton and vocalist Hazel Atkinson, and their latest output is ‘Meteorites’, as potent as Ruben J. ‘Rooster’ Cogburn’s ‘double-rectified busthead’ and overflowing with luscious songs that simply caress the listener’s ear.
There’s an intimacy to this album that puts the performers close to the audience, Atkinson’s velvet smooth, seductive voice, Smeeton’s fluid touch for lyric and melody aided by Martyn West (guitar) Doug Ebling (drums) and John Thompson (bass). This is dusky bar-room, quiet warm evening, kicked back with no worries and nothing pressing type of music. Listening to this bluesy Americana folk should be on every remedy for angst and stress - ‘Fritz’s Beach’ and ‘Only In America’, ‘Summer Storm’ and ‘Till The End Of Time’ are the definite soul-soothing tracks.
Review: Tom Franks