Lover Buffet – “like i’m magic”


A stylish dream-pop success, “like i’m magic” is a new track from South African project Lover Buffet. The serene vocals and playful synth swooning concoct a feeling of ’80s nostalgia, submerging into a delightfully dark intrigue upon the “pretty big news,” vocal slyness. The spoken-word vocal effects — “last thing I wanna do is disappear,” — adds further to the compelling mystique. Full of atmosphere and dreamy enthrallment, “like i’m magic” proves fully memorable from Lover Buffet.

The project’s statement is below:

“My sound is eclectic with gentle and powerful melodramatic overtones. Using my beloved Yamaha synthesiser manufactured at the beginning of the millennia, I layer my songs with electronic choirs, violins, and power synth drums and bass lines, delivering 80s nostalgia on an indie alternative foundation. I use manipulated field recordings – flickering fluorescent lights or rhythmic cicadas on a hot summer’s day in Greece – adding delicate textures or using them as percussion. Haunting melodies and words that stick like honey, my music often makes you want to find someone to dance a dreamy dance.”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 2022’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Dream Pop.

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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