San Francisco’s The Electric Magpie have been on our radar since last year’s single “What’s For Tea” landed in our inbox and blew our minds with its faithful recreation of late 60s psych sounds. Brian Noonan wrote then that the band’s sound “settles comfortably between the fancifulness of Ray Davies and the more protracted psych of Strawberry Alarm Clock.” That’s still not a bad way to sum up the The Electric Magpie, but new track “Mourning Gloria,” taken from the bands upcoming debut LP, makes it clear that this band–who obviously possess a deep and reverent knowledge of rock music—are much more than simply 1960s imitators. For such an ultimately mellow track, “Mourning Gloria” crackles with energy. A steady, rocking beat anchors an organ track that might seem overwhelming except for those groovy chord progressions and subtle guitar work. Overall, the song makes the fine line between alt-folk (listen to the beginning and end in particular) and pure Revolver era Beatles (middle) seem thin and permeable. We’re excited to hear more and you should be, too.
The Electric Magpie’s LP will be released on Lolipop Records on April 15th and the band will be playing a few shows in SoCal around that time, including a release show at The Echo with Mystic Braves. See dates below the track.
April 14th: The Echo Release show/Mystic Braves residency with Mr. Elevator & The Brain Hotel, JJUUJJUU
April 17th: Diego Bar in Santa Ana w/ TBA
April 18th: Tower Bar San Diego w/ Froth, Wild Wild Wets, Tropical Popsicle