Multimagic – “Dreams/Sunshine” – Soul Step Records REVIEW

When something is deeply rooted in nostalgia, it could go only one of two ways. One is ridiculously corny and eye-rolling obnoxious. The other is warm, fuzzy, and satisfying. Thankfully, Multimagic’s double-A sided 7″ Dreams/Sunshine falls into the latter. But even with nostalgia running throughout both tracks, Multimagic is the kind of band that never plays straight into the obvious.

Beginning with a smooth synth woosh and a thick bass riff, “Dreams” finds itself harkening back to a time when Jeans were stonewashed and Mustangs were Fox bodies. But as soon as the chorus starts, you realize this band isn’t going hard on the archaic, but merely utilizing what made songs of that era good. The flipside “Sunshine” gets even smoother by putting the focus on a melancholy, yet hopeful vibe.

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As satisfying as it may be, this isn’t the first go-around for Multimagic. Unbeknownst to me, Multimagic gained quite a bit of notoriety a few years back in their hometown of Cincinnati. As soon as their buzz gained momentum, they went on a hiatus due to founder Coran Stetter’s health. After a few years, the band moved on to form another project and Stetter decided to pull Multimagic out from the ashes. Now with an entirely new lineup, Stetter is out to try it again. While I’m not sure if the backstory is the lyrical basis for both tracks, it does add a bit of gravity to the release. It sounds hopeful because it is!

Being a Cincinnati based synth-pop outfit with a heart of gold, it’s only right Dreams/Sunshine found the way to Soul Step Records! With bands like Moonbeau and Ponce, Soul Step Records not only feels like the perfect home but more or less inevitable!  For a label not chained to any particular genre, Soul Step Records has inadvertently become the definitive label for bands who know a thing or two about synths and hooks. Just like every other release from this label, this release is available on extremely limited edition vinyl. A few of the special variants were likely gone before this article was even posted.

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Dreams/Sunshine is available on limited edition 7″ vinyl exclusively at Soul Step Records.

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Aaron The Audiophile

Son, brother, uncle, musician. I enjoy music of all genres, shapes and sizes, preferably the good kind.

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