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The Magic Gang are set to release their buoyant new album ‘Death Of The Party’ on August 21st. It’s the follow-up to their self-titled first album, which was hailed as one of the best debuts of 2018 as the band earned award nominations from NME and Q. The stories they tell reflect the experiences of many of their early-twentysomething contemporaries.

They explore anxieties about money, relationships and the future, but also the fun moments that they use to escape from such issues. Two songs – Jack Kaye’s ‘Make A Sound’ and Kristian Smith’s title track – best encapsulate their flair for a narrative, with two radically different perspectives on a New Year’s Eve party. Meanwhile, the album closer ‘(The World) Outside My Door’ explores Jack’s guilt at writing music while the Extinction Rebellion protests were hitting the streets. The album also finds The Magic Gang evolving their sound without losing what people loved them for in the first place.

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