Outdoor Games EP
"Magic Arm is the alias of Manchester resident Marc Rigelsford. Two years in the making, the result is this charming, varied and experimental seven-track disc. 'Hopefully it sounds interesting, melodic, tongue in cheek, and a bit life affirming,' says Marc. Recorded at home on Marc's computer, the EP ranges from twisted psych-folk to sinister pop and austere electronica. There's plenty to love here: the title track builds to a towering crescendo, 'People Need Order' takes the '60s harmony-pop formula and skews it with a freaky backing track and instrumental 'I Want You You Want Me' is built on a Casio organ beat but expertly -- if incongruously -- blended in with banjo and church organ sounds. Elsewhere, 'DAQ (Don't Ask Questions)' is what Marc refers to as his 'un-informed take on electronica,' but is actually a neat track that pokes fun at the pretensions of the genre, love song 'You Should Know' has elements of '30s pastiche and 'Move Out' boasts a looping flute over a clockwork-sounding backing. A former member of cult band Escape Pod, Mark has been making music for years in various guises. Marc's live shows -- which sometimes feature his emotive, solo version of LCD Soundsystem's 'Daft Punk Is Playing At My House' -- have won plaudits for his use of children's toys, samples and acoustic guitars and his shambolic charm."