Genevieve Miles unleashes magic on new track ‘Magic Man’
Genevieve Miles’ new single ‘Magic Man’ is the perfect tonic for these dodgy times we’re living in. Miles delivers a perfect indie-pop banger with just the right level of cynical British wit.
Up until now, Miles has proven herself to be a charming and immensely likeable staple of the indie scene, with lyrics that are sometimes whimsical, often relatable and always richly delivered in her gorgeous folky style. This single may just be her best yet. With ‘Magic Man’ she has managed to bottle up that indie-psychedelic-pop feel reminiscent of bands from the ‘90s and ‘00s, like Supergrass and Super Furry Animals (she definitely deserves a spot with the Supers), while blending it with her own brand of pop.
The track begins with a slightly more intense, darker side to Miles as she speaks her first few lines, the first dreamy sustained notes shimmering in the background. It then ascends into a glorious, sunny chorus.
‘You can’t keep hold of the magic man’
Miles’ lyrics are sweetly cynical as the music around them lifts you up into the clouds. Miles always sings in her own accent (I LOVE), and in this track she carries through with that slight British pessimism, juxtaposed gorgeously with her euphoric sound. There are multiple musical layers of production, including voice modulation, drones and an infectious hook, which could make the track a little busy, but it just works. In fact it elevates it. The track has a psychedelic feel while remaining immensely catchy – it makes you want to frolic about the gaff with reckless abandon.
This is the perfect tune for a shitty September. The ironic thing about Miles’ lyrics is that she’s actually allowed us to cling onto that shimmery summer magic a bit longer. Pure, clever, infectious indie goodness is just what we need right now – for 3 minutes and 6 seconds I forgot it was 2020.
Words by Ellen Mcnally
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I’m a freelance writer from the North East currently based in Sheffield. Currently studying her Masters in Creative Writing. Lover of sad tunes. Does a great dolphin impression. Bad poet.
You can watch two of her ten-minute plays for free here:
Off Peak: https://www.live.org.uk/index.php/now-online-10-minutes-tocall-home
Those Yet To Come (Christmas short): https://www.live.org.uk/now-online-5-plays-christmas