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M. Ward and Ladyhawk

Magic Trick / Soap

(The Fader; US: 2007; UK: Unavailable)

Oddly enough, Southern Comfort and The Fader have partnered to issue a series of limited 7-inches. The initial release feature’s M. Ward on the a-side with Ladyhawk on the b-side. Ward delivers “Magic Trick (Kansas City Remix)”, a re-working of a track from “Post-War” that includes Jim James of My Morning Jacket. The song’s emblematic of Ward’s style, but the re-working here is mild enough that it’s really only for completists. Most of us will be less likely to have encountered Ladyhawk before, but they acquit themselves well with “Soap”, a song heavy enough to make its own space but related to sound that Ward’s a-side has initiated. The track’s meditation on mild redemption sinks in with a subtle honesty, finding the place “where nothing spills, and nothing stains / And nothing beats the lure of the lather”. With its fuzzy, uptempo guitars, the track makes itself as catchy as it is focused, and makes flipping this 7-inch a constant treat.


Listen to Ladyhawk’s “The Dugout”


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Justin Cober-Lake lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife, kids, and dog. His writing has appeared in a number of places, including Stylus, Paste, Chord, and Trouser Press. His work made its first appearance on CD with the release of Todd Goodman's first symphony, Fields of Crimson. He's recently co-founded the literary fly-fishing journal Rise Forms.


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