It’s hard to pin down Marc Regisford’s music. One moment it’s sweet singer-songwriter fare, with acoustic guitars and heartfelt lyrics. The next it’s electronic funk a la Bootsy Collins. On top of those disparate styles he’s also capable of old-fashioned rock n’ roll. This melange of styles makes listening to a Magic Arm album (the name he records and performs under) a discomforting, yet oddly invigorating, experience.
On stage Regisford recreates these varied musical styles with a combination of drums, guitars, keyboards, and whatever else he can get his hands on. He feeds them all through his loop pedal and builds multi-layered textures and compositions. This live show has built Magic Arm a following of musical literati, from Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam to oompa-meister Beirut. All that, and he hasn’t even released a full album yet.
Magic Arm’s first full album, Make Lists Do Something is due out May 18th. It’s as exciting a debut as I can remember hearing in a long time. Everything about it is fresh and unique, from the acapella-meets-electronica opener, “Widths and Heights”, to the memorizing instrumental “The Coach House”
Sounds a bit like Tally Hall’s vocals mixed with Caribou’s backing tracks. In other words, fun AND cool.
“The Coach House”
Brilliantly repetitive, yet with enough variation to keep it interesting. It’s refreshing to hear an instrumental that balances some old-timey guitar work with touches of modern technology, and manages to make it sound natural.
“Daft Punk’s Playing at My House”, Live