The Curse of Company

Leo Magnets Joins a Gang

by Deanne Sole

21 July 2008

 

The website for Leo Magnets has a black background, grey lettering so faint it looks silver, and photographs of the musicians wearing old coats and hats. With its juxtaposition of 1920s typeface and colonial costume it’s a fantasy of age, a saga set in no specific time, just the Land of Old. The album works at joining the same vague world, washing along on waves of dreampop instrumental and lyrics about clouds and leaves and “floating ground” sung in female whispers or high male voices. “When we undress your heart, no need for concern,” a man sings, sounding moved. There are pop songs in here but most of them try not to stand out. They drift together, gentled and charmed, smudgy and sweet. A vehicle for wistful indie chic.

Leo Magnets Joins a Gang

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