Second Language Music have announced the release of a new album by Cédric Pin and Glen Johnson, both formerly of Piano Magic (and Future Conditional). ‘The Burning Skull,’ out on July 27th, comes as a 58 minute, 18 track CD in a debossed, gold foil blocked digipack.

The first 200 (only) copies of the album also include a bonus cassette, ‘Craquelure EP,’ featuring two, exclusive, 20 minute bonus tracks : ‘Concatenazione Dei Spazi’ by Pin and ‘Set The Time Machine For Never’ by Johnson. The first 200 people to order will also receive an exclusive A5, signed and numbered print on Laid Tintoretto Gesso paper, based on an etching of a burning skull by Pin. Second Language subscribers will receive the release as part of their subscription package.Limited edition art prints by Pin are also available at their Bandcamp pre-order page :

LIFE HAS NOT FINISHED WITH ME YET T-shirts available now

In salute to Piano Magic’s 2012 album, we’ve produced a limited run of ‘Life Has Not Finished With Me Yet’ t-shirts.

Designed by Josh Hight, the t-shirts come in medium, large and XL sizes; black and dark grey text on white Gildan Softstyle t-shirt.

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Heart Machinery – A Piano Magic Retrospective 2001 – 2008 out now.

Piano MagicAs 2001’s Seasonally Affective archived Piano Magic’s first five years of existence, Heart Machinery assembles the subsequent, no less prolific, eight for easy filing. The full EPs, singles and compilation tracks here navigate a ley line between the London-based group’s roots in experimental, lo-fi electronica and their excursions into raw, full-blown rock-outs and back again. Maybe it’s the restlessness of this Anglo-French unit that has not only kept fans on their toes but perhaps denied them more than a few seconds in the limelight. Not that it matters, Piano Magic’s aim was always for the heart and they rarely missed.

It’s a giant sidestep from the prose-heavy, 4-track improvisations of 2001’s I Came to Your Party Dressed as a Shadow EP to 2003’s Speed The Road, Rush The Lights. By then, Piano Magic had established itself on the stage, regularly touring Continental Europe, now armed with standard issue rock ‘n’ roll armoury – drums, bass and fx-infused guitars. Even so, contrary to the core, not only did 2003’s Saint Marie EP feature the crystal-voiced, then fresh from obscurity ’70s folk-pop doyenne, Vashti Bunyan, as well as Low frontman, Alan Sparhawk, it also saw the band’s palette extend to include tambura (courtesy of Cornershop’s Ben Ayres), Spanish guitar, Durutti Column-esque drum machinery, viola, harp, hand-claps.
Two years later, the band threw another curve-ball. Recording in the grimy, often freezing backstreet studios of East London, they once again retreated into icy synths, skittery beats and glacial voices. It’s here that the band’s claim to being the world’s premier (perhaps only) ‘ghost rock’ group makes perfect sense.

Heart Machinery includes several ultra-rare cuts, notably ‘The Inquest of My Youth’ – originally recorded for cult American psych/experimental Dream Magazine. Similarly, ‘A Fist In The Air (A Tear In The Eye)’ was, until now, only to be found on Randall (Fuxa) Nieman’s excellent Mind Expansion label compilation (2006), while ‘What Does Not Destroy Me,’ is plucked from a split 7″ single with Klima, on the French label, Monopsone (2003).

‘Heart Machinery’ is number No.2 in the new 2L Library Series – a highly collectable catalogue of hardback CD albums designed to be stored in your bookcase.

27 tracks, over 2 hours of music + 29 minute free bonus disc, ‘Never It Will Be The Same Again’ (originally released in vinyl only form in 2005 and unavailable ever since).

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