London-based alternative pop trio Magazine Gap are set to unveil their eagerly anticipated second album ‘What’s That About?’ on Friday 5 June 2020.
The line up consists of James Keen (vocals and guitars), Brian McCook (drums and production) and Alex Ho (piano and keyboards), two of the band are originally from Hong Kong and this was the inspiration for their name; as it is a major road in Hong Kong.
The band deliberately paced out the writing and recording of songs for this album to ensure that the 12 tracks were not only distinct from one another but also miles apart from their debut album ‘Light & Shade’ (2014).
The three piece band challenged themselves in all aspects of creating the follow-up album from lyrics, to the way the melodies flowed, to how the songs would be performed and finally how everything would fuse together in order to create the final product.
The album begins with ‘Possibilities’ which is a funky little tune with a catchy pop beat and beautiful vocals.
‘Superficial’ tells a heartfelt and sentimental story through its emotive verses.
‘For The Ride’ has more of a jazzy feel to it and with soulful vibes this track exudes smoothness, especially thanks to the piano arrangement.
‘What’s That About?’ presents us with a much faster tempo and the strength of this song lies with the guitar riffs and brass instruments.
‘Kings, Queens & Jokers’ dials back the beat to treat us to a mellow number and the positive lyrics are perfect especially considering the current situation we are experiencing.
‘In Two Minds’ has a country / bluesy feel to it from the lyrics to the overall arrangement of the song, plus there is also a ballad like ambience as well and the piano shimmer at the end is outstanding.
In the style of ‘Superficial’ ‘Ran For Cover’ also tells a story but this one is more of the adventure genre and the accompanying visuals paint a powerful picture, which go hand in hand with the lyrics.
‘Dancing in Quicksand’ uses its verses to give us the sense of someone that is standing at a crossroads with heavy decisions to be made.
‘Snakes and Ladders’ kicks off with a catchy beat which transition into beautiful piano melodies which weave in and out of the song, one could say like snakes on the titular board game.
‘Body Language’ brings the smooth funk back into the mix.
‘Calling Card’ has an orchestral feel to it with new string instruments bought into play, this provides the penultimate track with somewhat of a different tone to preceding tracks.
‘Jericho ‘ concludes the album with a mid tempo and lyrics that deliver what could be an ancient parable, plus the colourful visuals provide us with somwething that is once again fresh and new.