Release Date: Jun 3, 2013
Record label: EMI
On the face of it, in the seven years since his arrival it would seem that not much has changed for Magic Arm, aka Marc Rigelsford; the Manchester-based musician is still doing everything by himself. But his tunes have slowly evolved into music that blossoms with all the power and force of a full band. And picking up the approval of Grizzly Bear‘s Ed Droste and Iron And Wine‘s Sam Beam won’t have hurt his career trajectory.
Ask your general man on the street what the ‘Manchester Sound’ is, and it’s fairly likely that he’ll come up with something woefully out of date – a simian stroll through lad-rock’s back streets, all mouth and no melodies. Anyone who looks closer at the city or has lived within the borders of Greater Manchester for any amount of time will tell you, if there’s one constant sound that’s been present over the past 20 years or so, it’s that of quietly unassuming men welding hefty melodies onto the side of gently experimental songs. It’s the sound that Jim Noir, Alfie and Polytechnic attempted to bottle, that Badly Drawn Boy held firmly in his grasp for a while, and is now settled in the mind of Marc Rigelsford, who is also known as Magic Arm.