Strange Magic

Strange Magic

BandRockPop

Interesting music for interesting times. West Coast future-friendly psychedelic rock and synthesizer pop. Songs so hooky your brain will wonder how it ever lived without them. The missing link between Beck and the Beatles, between Kraftwerk and Cibo Matto, between Leonard Cohen and Frank Zappa.

Biography

If music is the universal language, no translation is required for the futuristic sights and sounds of Vancouver's sonic pioneers, Strange Magic. With contagious pop hooks, dead-poets-society lyricism, and psychedelic textures driven by a throbbing backbeat, the band has made it its mission to write the songs of tomorrow today. In other words, this is band that resembles no other.

Originally known as The R.A.D.I.O., Strange Magic had its birth on the eve of the new millennium, 1999, when three songwriters, Ray Down (vocals, Synths, guitar), David Milke (vocals, guitar), and Kayoko Takahashi (vocals, keyboards), met at the crossroads and set out to define a new musical manifesto. Within months the band had won 1st prize at the Shindig battle of the bands put on by CITR Radio Vancouver, and released their debut album Numbers, Birds, and The Mysteries of The Human Mind, which was awarded Local Album of the Year by Shawn Conner of the Georgia Straight.

The following year saw the band come out with their second record, the double album Music To Hop Trains To, along with an array of shows with such international acts as Cibo Matto, Stereo Total, and Solex. Keeping the presses rolling, the band produced a third album in the spring of 2002, the acclaimed Disclosure Project double Eps (In the Beginning and The Final Chapter?). The band promptly embarked on a kamikaze tour of Tokyo, Japan, resulting in packed shows to enthusiastically disoriented audiences.

Upon their return the band once again hit the clubs here at home, sharing the stages with such local heroes as The High Dials, The Organ, and The New Pornographers. In 2005 the band saw limited release of a compilation of early R.A.D.I.O. favorites in select circles.

Now, in 2008, the band is recharged and set to release its long-awaited fourth album, Twelve In The Mirror, an epic song-cycle nearly two years in the making. With a new, righteously rocking rhythm-section featuring Jon Shubert (Panurge) & Tony Koelwyn (The Awkward Stage), the bands global take-over bid is proceeding apace, with a East Coast Canadian/American tour set for Fall and continental distribution inevitable. It is only a matter of time before Strange Magic intercepts your town. Consider yourselves warned...

Lyrics

The Universe Is Energy

Written By: Ray Down/ The R.a.d.i.o.

The Sun shines down on the forest
Beneath the sky
Harmony fills my eyes (eyes)

The grass is green
This seems like a dream
To me and you
Gazing through fields of blue (blue)

They say the universe is energy

The universe is energy
The universe is energy
The universe is energy
The universe is energy
The universe is energy...

Passion Flake

Written By: Ray Down/Kayoko Takahashi/ The R.a.d.i.o.

She wants to be with you
Swim in the sea with you
Climb in a tree with you
Tonight

She wants to be with you
Discuss UFOs with you
Sing campfire songs with you
All night

I hope this doesn't come out wrong
And you will sing her song
Together you'll be free
For all eternity
Just try to sing in key

She wants to be with you
(Sweet Passion Flake)
Please don't you see
She's buried alive
(Sweet Passion Flake)
Please don't you see
She's misty eyed
(Sweet Passion Flake)
Waiting on the mountain side
In the star shine

She wants to be with you
Eat sushi buffet with you
In Germany
Tonight

I hope this doesn't come out wrong
And you will sing her song
Together you'll be free
For all eternity
Just try to sing in key

sweet passion flake
sweet passion flake
where are you tonight ?
sweet passion flake
sweet passion flake
where are you tonight ?

Star 69

Written By: David Milke/ The R.a.d.i.o.

Is the female mind
Not the perfect symbol?
Of Heisenberg's
Uncertainty Principle?

You can build your own Berlin Wall
But it's gonna have to fall
Tonight
You can be Jackie
And I'll be JFK
But when the shot comes pull away
In time

Star 69
Give us a sign
Is there anyone there
On your end of the line?
Star 69

Sputnik dreamed he finally
Met his maker
In the nebula of MK-ULTRA
Shredded papers

I knew better than to believe
You would not deceive
Yourself
Who forgot all the unspoken Thoughts
That were left to rot
On the shelf?

Star 69
It's past your bedtime
You know these swine
Have only one thing on their minds
Star 69

Your answering machine
Is a mausoleum
Of the offerings
You'll never receive
The operator
Says you don't exist
But I know better
Than to fall for this

Star 69
We're partying tonight
Like it's September 1st
1939
Star 69

Creepy Carol

Written By: Ray Down/The R.a.d.i.o.

Creepy Carol
Come close to me
It’s getting early
It’s almost too bright to see you

I wonder if you’re lying
by the telephone
The lights are off
but someone’s home

It seems like no-one paid enough attention to you
You are a firecracker waiting for a match to strike…

Bless you Creepy Carol
I’m so glad that you are
Safe and warm
You’ve finally taken shelter
Within the storm
Wearing a schoolgirl uniform
You found at a thrift store
Riding a unicorn
A catholic girl with horns
I’ll see you on Sunday

Creepy Carol
Come close to me
Your spider webs
Truly set me free

So blow those candles out
and show me what life is about
I know that you are
Something else

It seems like no one paid enough attention to you
So grab your Ouija board
and start channeling
Father X-mas
On X-mas morn
With a creepy Carol
Creepy Carol
Oh creepy Carol
Oh creepy Carol
Oh creepy Carol...

Long And Muddy Road

Written By: Kayoko Takahashi/The R.a.d.i.o.

Flash back
My sight
Cracked up
Down beat
Take me too if it is true
I live through with dead soul

Somewhere someone
Nowhere no one
I could rely on
Believer wonderer
Drowning swimmer

I guess I need you…
Isolation deep inside
Blinds me with foreign words
Falling into the arid scenario
Opaque crystal eye

I guess I miss you…
Isolation deep inside
Blinds me with foreign words
Fallen into the arid scenario
Opaque crystal eye
Fortune teller appeared in my dream
and told that the wish come true
We gonna keep going on long and Muddy road
Non stop over

In your minds eye

Discography

Twelve In The Mirror: (2008)

Great Hits No. 5 (2004)

The Disclosure Project: (2002)

Music To Hop Trains To: (2000)

'Crystal Blue' appeared on the 'Vancouver Special' Compilation on Mint Records (2000)

Numbers, Birds and the Mysteries of the Human Mind: (1999)

Set List

Enough original material for 90 minutes plus various covers (ie. Johnny Cash, The The Vapors, Blue Oyster Cult)