Album Reviews, Artists / Bands, Culture, Dance / Electro, Releases — April 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm

POCKET MAGIK’s debut album – A breath of fresh air


The release of Singaporean electronic duo Pocket Magik’s debut album This Is The Place comes like a breath of fresh air to the Singaporean non-mainstream music scene, which has mostly been dominated by rock bands for years – be it indie rock, post rock, or any genre that falls under the umbrella.

Pocket Magik is the brainchild of Kurt of Clash The Disko Kids and Melvin. This Is the Place is a ten-track album filled with stunning synths and melodic guitar riffs. These elements are very much evident in the album’s first single ‘Cloudy‘. It’s a down tempo number that is – as its title suggests – a good accompaniment to a rainy day chilling out at home.

Watch an acoustic rendition of ‘Cloudy’:

An instant favourite is ‘Cosmic Love,’ the third track off the album. The sparkling synths of ‘Cosmic Love’ makes it an absolute stunner of a track reminiscent of the music one would hear from French House producers from Europe such as Lifelike or Alan Braxe.

The band has also collaborated with Singaporean singer Vandetta on the last track, ‘Army of Darkness’ as response to the rising trend of infusing RnB vocals with synth-based music. While most of the music producers who have done that have taken vocal samples from mainstream RnB singers, Pocket Magik went beyond and produced an entirely original track.

You can stream Pocket Magik’s This is the Place via SoundCloud and purchase the album on Bandcamp.
You can also tune in to Pocket Magik’s weekly podcast on Sonar Radio every Mondays, 10pm.

—Cindy Tan
Cindy Tan is a music enthusiast who enjoys writing, amongst many other things.