Following our premiere week, we are heading back to the US where we find our next act, Magic Magic Roses who are back with their often jazzy, folky latest single, “In Time”.
“In Time” is the first single off of Dusk. About the track, Simon reveals:
I started writing “In Time” on a plane to Hawaii, and much of the song takes its cue from being there and searching for shells on the beach. It’s a funny activity, because you are searching and searching and sometimes you don’t find anything, and sometimes you think you’ve found something spectacular, and then you take it home and you realize it’s just a normal rock or something. You have to trust that the ocean will bring you some wonderful treasure someday. I was thinking about this process as a metaphor for relationships…the song again relates to the idea of reckoning – recognizing when something isn’t right and moving on…throwing it back in the ocean!
Magic Magic Roses make dreamy, meditative folk music in San Francisco, CA. In 2008, Kate Sweeney and Sarah Simon got together to play some Jimmie Rodgers covers and quickly began collaborating on original songs.
The band’s first album, The Living Room, was recorded on a four-track in Sarah’s living room and self-released on cassette tape in 2010. Sam Berman joined on drums in the spring of 2011, and the trio released their follow-up album Valley in 2012.
The three are now preparing to release their third album Dusk, produced by La Luz’s Lena Simon (Sarah Simon’s sister) and due out at the end of the year on Plume Records on vinyl and digital formats.
Simon says of the album:
Dusk is our fullest, most layered recording to date. It’s still super warm and heavy on harmonies like our previous album Valley, but there’s more drums and bass, and it has some really special contributions from Bill Patton on pedal steel, Lena Simon (of La Luz, Kairos) on percussion, keyboard, and backup vocals, and Morgan Henderson (of Fleet Foxes) on flute and stand up bass. We were making a concerted effort to write songs that were more lively and optimistic, but ended up on the dark side from time to time, as we are prone to do. We had a range of moods to work with, so we organized the songs in an arc from sunrise to sunset: the album starts off on an upbeat note with “You And I” and ends up with the sleepiest, darkest song “Dusk”. It’s a funny sort of return to our roots – writing dark love songs. But the album is also very much about reckoning with growing up, moving on, staying put or letting go – and there’s both lightness and darkness in that process.