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Most recent release, Dark Stars EP (2007); most recent full-length release, Dat Rosa Mel Apibus (2006)
Not easy to think of this: somewhat related to Ultralash, Faun Fables, and other purveyors of experimental folk
Own, occasional covers
White Magic has a distinctive experimental folk sound, identifiable by the chunky instrumentation and Mira Billotte's forceful vocal style, which sounds almost like she's shouting. A review in Pitchfork of Dat Rosa Mel Apibus describes their sound well: "simple, chunky piano patterns, dizzily swirling harmonies, droning strings, and Mira Billotte's booming lead vocals." (Neile)
Recommended first album:
Wide in U.S.
Highly recommended for fans of edgy folk
Mira Billotte—vocals, piano, guitar
Matt Sweeney & James Lowe—handclaps (4)
Jo Blaney & White Magic
This EP is wholly inventive, haunting, and yes, magical. The winding piano, the captivating tunes, the strong vocals, I'm in love with it all. (Neile)
Wide in U.S.
Recommended for fans of edgy folk
Mira Billotte—vocals, piano, guitar, Roxichord, Rhodes, melodica
Shahzad Ismaily—bass (1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12); upright bass (5, 8, 10); clay pot (5)
This album is one of the few times when the parts are better than their sum. I confess that I find a full album of their sound a little much, but taken individually, I love these tracks, most especially the cover of "Katie Cruel". There are other gorgeous winding melodies and harmonies, in particular on "The Light." And the tunes and instrumentation and vocals are always intriguing—their sound is never, ever boring. (Neile)
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