Formed above a North London post office in October 2006, The Magic Lantern take their inspiration from the heartfelt stories of folk, the spirit of jazz and the experimental openness of contemporary music before filtering it through their own lyrical and narrative sensibility.
With an immediately arresting sound, starting with the voice and the lyrics it carries but swiftly leading to rumbling bass clarinet growls, delicate cello plucks, swooping guitar slides and crashing percussion slaps, The Magic Lantern excel at wringing emotion from the strangest places, sounding happy, sad, frustrated, and vulnerable, often at the same time. Their best songs, whether they're fast or slow, feel like they're bursting with a wisdom that belies their youth.
Swapping instruments and textures, stories and ideas, The Magic Lanternís live show is an intensely moving, indefinable experience where no-one leaves unconverted. This is chamber music for the masses, and itís like nothing youíve ever heard before.
We released our debut EP, Patriots, in July 2008 which can be found here and are currently recording our debut album 'A world in a grain of sand' which should see a release date of summer 2010. Our first single, 'Somebody Told Me' will be out in March 2010, so keep your eyes peeled! As part the 'Hectic Eclectic' collective we're out and about playing in London and beyond, so keep your ears to the ground, the Lantern's shining bright....