I posted the Magic Numbers song "Love Me Like You" here not so very long ago - considering it as I did one of the catchier things I'd heard in the month of August. I've since had the opportunity to eavesdrop on the rest of their self-titled debut LP, and, well... I'm a bit smitten.
As always, I'm a sucker for girl/boy vocal interplay, and these folks come by it naturally. Which is to say, lead singer Romeo is backed and accented by his sisters, Angela and Michele. For the longest time, I couldn't decide whose voice Romeo's reminded me of. Oddly enough, it turned out to be Vic Chesnutt's - albeit smoothed out, sped up, and perked up a bit (sort of a "shot of amphetamines with a Paxil back" sort of thing).
The Magic Numbers' debut LP will be released in the U.S. on October 4th by Capitol Records. It might also be noted that this record was nominated in the U.K. for the rather prestigious Mercury Prize, which I believe was ultimately won by Antony and the Johnsons.
I hope you'll find the time to give these folks a listen and decide for yourself if there is indeed fire with that smoke.
[MP3] [left-click] "Forever Lost"
[MP3] [left-click] "Long Legs"