Release Date: Jun 15, 2018
Record label: Run for Cover Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
Kiley Lotz (aka Petal) delivered a fuzzed-out set of heartfelt and heartbroken indie rock gems on her excellent 2015 debut, Shame. No stranger to anxiety and depression, Lotz's invigorating blend of 90's alt-rock, dream pop, and punk proved to be the perfect balm for those dark nights of the soul, and she makes great use of that formula again on her superb sophomore effort, Magic Gone. If Shame was the fourth stage of grief (depression), then Magic Gone signifies acceptance, fueled in part by the fact that Lotz came out as queer in the interim between the two releases.
'Shame’, the last album from Scranton, Pennsylvania indie-rock singer/songwriter Kiley Lotz set Petal up as a project of deep emotional introspection that found its strongest footing in its most intimate moments where Kiley's disarmingly high-register vocal was given room to roam. So it's something of a surprise that follow-up 'Magic Gone' opens with a chunky guitar line more boisterous than anything that has previously graced a Petal record. That track 'Better Than You', however, proves to be something of a red herring as its burst of affirming power-pop soon gives way to a more downtempo, reflective tone for the rest of the record.