As an introduction to the world of Magic Arm, ‘Bootsy Bootsy’ could not be better. The pure joy of this ostensibly larky, hugely infectious slice of DIY pop, is subverted neatly by the lyric
“Inside everyone, I hear the end, and that’s ominous.”
Magic Arm is another solo poppet, another Sam, this time Samuel Beam. His trippy brand of electronic pop reminds me a tiny bit of the likes of Tiga crossed with late period Simian, Patrick Wolf or Clor. On ‘Bootsy Wootsy’ an unobtrusive DIY beat is topped with giddy accordian-like keyboard flourishes, subtle bass bloops & overall a chirpy, whirring electro-pop catchiness. His dreamy vocals, simple, pure & memorably sing-song. A quality opener. Elsewhere, jazzy flickers & wistful piano prop up some fragile, unique home-spun pop. The heartening cover of LCD Soundsystem’s ‘Daft Punk is Playing…’ I actually prefer to the original. It reminds me a little of The Beta Band in it’s juddering toytown-hop majesty!
Elsewhere on side 2 you get a curious Balkan folk flecked waltz that somehow reminds me both of Tunng & Beirut whilst resembling neither! 6 tracks on here, culminating in a fine remix of the opening number, a Postal Service-ish floor-filler at your local indie disco I guarantee! Watch this boy, he’s wowing them out there & that Iron & Wine chappie has been waxing lyrical about his effortless songsmithery & POP prowess. Miss this 10″ EP at your peril.