Brighton’s The Magic Gang exist somewhere between present day house parties and ‘50s discos. Their sugar sweet hybrid of Weezer-style pop has rough edges, and these are given a platform on a self-titled debut EP.
Across five tracks, Jack Kaye and co. announce themselves as old school romantics. There’s love and longing defining every song, but it’s more complicated than that. The down-in-the-dumps ‘Jasmine’ and ‘All That I Want Is You’ come off simple on the outside, but deep down they’re complex and confused souls, like Mark from Peep Show trying to find “the one”.
Love isn’t quite their forte, but the charm of The Magic Gang is in how they make thorny, difficult subjects sound blissfully simple.