Rex Macadangdang offers a classic psychedelic pop sound with “That’s The Magic EP”. The instrumental variety of the EP is a true joy for there are a lot of risks taken within the sound itself. Usage of a wide variety of approaches, from jazz to folk to classical to alternative rock, they all blend together to create a beautiful engrossing aural universe. Vocals possess a tenderness to them. Lyrics further emphasize a sense of intimacy for there is love flowing through it all. With every verse chosen with care there is a beauty to behold, one that speaks to a universal adoration.
The strings lend the entire sound a unique soulfulness. Done with a great degree of subtle gestures, there is a lushness to the atmosphere. Nods to the Decemberists theatrical flair appear throughout. Full of a degree of detail, the storytelling aspect of the journey has a profound quality to it. Quite poppy, theirs is one that has a timelessness to it. Going further back out there is a Vashti Bunyan delicacy to it, for the otherworldly presence has a delight about it.
An autumnal impulse opens things up with “Far Away”. Buildup occurs in this work, for there is a sweeping presence that takes shape, with the finale of the work blooming forward in a way that becomes lush. Pure minimalism defines the angelic presence of “Time of My Life” where the many different voices, alongside the poignant saxophone, gives the song a light breezy aspect. Piano chords grace the entirety of “In The End”, one that revels in Rex’s uncanny ability to craft a ballad that features a spirit of true heart. On “Connect” they bring a bit of the High Llamas mellowed-out textures into the fray. Quite intimate “That’s The Magic” serves as the true highlight of the entire collection. As the title track, it does perfectly embody the very soul of the EP in a way that is truly touching. Violins weave together on the pastoral bliss of “Elizabeth”. Keeping things in a hushed awe, the way that the song evolves adds to its exploration, for theirs has a strength to it, with the duo singing together adding to a fiery, passionate mood. With the aptly named “Closer” the whole band swings into motion, as they bring things to a triumphant finale.
“That’s The Magic EP” shows off the great power of Rex Macadangdang in crafting the sort of sound that has a timeless, grace.