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Live Footage: MAGON performs “Halley’s Comet” and “Fire on Fire” in Fontainebleau, France

Over the past three years or so, I’ve managed to spill quite a bit of virtual ink covering the Israeli-born, Paris-based singer/songwriter, guitarist and JOVM mainstay MAGON, who with the release of Out in the Dark quickly established a sound, that at the time, he dubbed as “urban rock on psychedelics.”  

The Israeli-born, Paris-based JOVM mainstay’s sophomore album Hour After Hour was a decided change in sonic direction with the material being “somewhere between Ty SegallAllah-Las and The Velvet Underground” according to MAGON. He closed out the year with his third album In The Blue, an album that saw the JOVM mainstay drawing from two completely different sets of influences -— 70s rock like Lou Reed and Led Zeppelin and contemporary influences like Mac DeMarco and Devendra Banhart. Written around the birth of the artist’s daughter, the album is centered around what may arguably be some of the most introspective songwriting of his growing catalog — while featuring a more assertive delivery. 

Continuing upon a remarkably prolific period, MAGON’s fourth album A Night in Bethlehem was released earlier this month. Shortly after the album’s release, MAGON invited his live band to a farm in the woods of Fontainebleau to record and film a live EP featuring four songs from his most recent album. Because the album’s material was mostly recorded by himself in his studio, the live sessions presents the album’s material in a much more organic, rawer sound.

Two of those live EP’s songs were filmed:

Hailey’s Comet,” a dreamy bit of psych pop centered around glistening and reverb-drenched post punk-like guitars, a simple back beat and fluttering, intergalactic-like feedback that touched upon the immensity of historical and cosmic time. Throughout the song, its narrator spends the song wondering how life and humanity will be the next time Halley’s Comet passes by our part of the cosmic neighborhood in 2061. How many of us will be around? What will we say about this moment to our descendants? Will history be kind to us? 

The live session features “Fire on Fire.” Built around a laconic, easy-going groove, trippy reverb and delay pedal drenched guitars paired with a mix of surrealistic and contemplative lyrics, “Fire on Fire” expresses a slow-burning yearning.

New Audio: JOVM Mainstay MAGON Shares a Trippy and Introspective New Single

Over the past couple of years, I’ve managed to spill a copious amount of virtual ink covering Israeli-born, Paris-based singer/songwriter, guitarist and JOVM mainstay MAGON.

Late last year, the Israeli-French artist released his critically applauded sophomore album Hour After Hour, an album that sonically was a decided change in direction with the material being “somewhere between Ty SegallAllah-Las and The Velvet Underground” according to the Israeli-born, Parisian artist. 

Magon closed out the year with his third album In The Blue, an album that saw him drawing from two completely different sets of influences — 70s rock like Lou Reed and Led Zeppelin and contemporary influences like Mac DeMarco and Devendra Banhart. Written around the birth of the artist’s daughter, the album is centered around what may arguably be some of the most introspective songwriting of his growing catalog — while featuring a more assertive delivery. 

Continuing upon a remarkably prolific period, MAGON released his fourth album, A Night in Bethlehem. In the lead-up to the album’s release last week I managed to write about two album singles:

  • Halley’s Comet,” a dreamy bit of glam-like psych pop featuring glistening and reverb-drenched, post punk-inspired guitars, a simple back beat and fluttering and spacey feedback. Thematically, the song touched upon the immensity of historical and cosmic time: the narrator wonders how life and humanity will be the next time Halley’s Comet passes by our section of the cosmic neighborhood in 2061.
  • A Night in Bethlehem,” the album’s title track and second single, which featured a chugging, motorik groove paired with angular bursts of guitar, a razor sharp hook, intergalactic feedback and Magon’s ironically detached vocals. Thematically, the song explored the surrealist fringes of mysticism.

A Night in Bethlehem‘s third and latest single “This Man” continues a remarkable run of glam-inspired psych featuring at trippy, Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie groove paired with a steady yet propulsive backbeat, some lysergic guitar solos, a supple bass line and Magon’s imitable, ironically detached deadpan. While superficially describing an unusual dude, who lives next door, the song’s narrator subtly points out that this man sees things in a much deeper fashion with his two eyes. Much like its predecessors, the new single yearns for something deeper, more profound, more true in a mad, mad, mad world.

New Video: JOVM Mainstay MAGON Shares a Mind-Bending Visual for Trippy “A Night in Bethlehem”

Over the course of the past two or three years or so, I’ve managed to spill quite a bit of virtual ink covering the Israeli-born, Paris-based singer/songwriter, guitarist and JOVM mainstay MAGON. And with the release of Out in the Dark, the Parisian-based JOVM mainstay quickly established a sound that at the time, he dubbed as “urban rock on psychedelics.”  

Late last year, the Israeli-French artist released his critically applauded sophomore album Hour After Hour, an album that sonically was a decided change in direction with the material being “somewhere between Ty SegallAllah-Las and The Velvet Underground” according to the Israeli-born, Parisian artist. 

Magon closed out the year with his third album In The Blue, an album that saw him drawing from two completely different sets of influences — 70s rock like Lou Reed and Led Zeppelin and contemporary influences like Mac DeMarco and Devendra Banhart. Written around the birth of the artist’s daughter, the album is centered around what may arguably be some of the most introspective songwriting of his growing catalog — while featuring a more assertive delivery. 

In the lead-up to In The Blue‘s release, I wrote about three of the album’s singles:

  • The Willow,” an introspective bit of 70s-inspired art rock, that follows its characters on a trip to Egypt, where its primary narrator sees the titular willow. But interestingly, the trip serves as a larger and deeper metaphor for its characters, who are all desperately trying to find something — perhaps themselves or a deeper, hidden truth? 
  • Egyptian Music,” a slow-burning vibey ballad of sorts, centered around shimmering and reverb-drenched guitars paired with impressionistic yet introspective songwriting — with the song equally evoking nostalgia and regret. 
  • Forever,” vibey, mid-tempo song that’s one part AM rock, one part post-punk centered around impressionistic lyrics touching out regret, forgiveness, love and time and its inevitable passing sung by a narrator, who seems burnt out by just about everything. 

Continuing upon a remarkably prolific period, the Israeli-born, French-based artist’s forthcoming album A Night in Bethlehem is slated for a June 3, 2022 release. Last month, I wrote about A Night in Bethlehem single “Hailey’s Comet,” a dreamy bit of psych pop centered around glistening and reverb-drenched post punk-like guitars, a simple back beat and fluttering, intergalactic-like feedback that touched upon the immensity of historical and cosmic time.

The song’s narrator spends the song wondering how life and humanity will be the next time Halley’s Comet passes by our part of the cosmic neighborhood in 2061. How many of us will be around? What will we say about this moment to our descendants? Will history be kind to us? 

A Night in Bethlehem‘s second and latest single, album title track “A Night in Bethlehem” continues a run of trippy, psych rock centered around a chugging motorik groove, angular bursts of guitar paired with a razor sharp hook, intergalactic feedback and Magon’s ironically detached vocals in a song that thematically explores the surrealist fringes of mysticism.

Fittingly, the accompanying video for “A Night in Bethlehem” is a lysergic trip through both Bethlehem and the cosmos.