Magical Beasts – “Darling”


Chicago-based act Magical Beasts show a touchingly serene folk sound on new 6-song release Yes, My Love, I Am Reaching. The band describes the album as “full of love songs and devotional music.” Evident of that is the track “Darling,” which builds nicely after the one-minute mark with beautifully twangy guitars and solemn string additions. Thereafter, the stirring vocal lead, twangy guitar adornments, and string-laden additions make for a track that grips with its melodic allure and never quite lets go.

Stream the entirety of Yes, My Love, I Am Reaching below:

The band elaborates further on the album: “There is a fair amount of sexual imagery so there is no mistaking the type of devotion we are speaking about with a religion, and while not religious, nor is it purely sexual. The dynamics between Love, Sex, deep Yearning, and various forms of Union are for the listener to parse out themselves. The release is very much intended to be listened to around the time of the Winter Solstice, and is very much a Winter record.”

Consisting of Nathan Paulus, Josh Miller, and John Herbst, Magical Beasts are a project with heaps of folk-friendly appeal.

“Darling” and other memorable tracks from December can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2019’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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