This final album, ‘Closure,’ album includes a guest vocal appearance from Peter Milton Walsh, singer of acclaimed Australian chamber pop band, The Apartments. Audrey Riley, go-to cellist for the likes of Nick Cave, The Smiths, The Cure, The Go-Betweens, Muse, Coldplay (to name but a few) provides luscious string arrangments on many of the tracks here.
Forming as a lo-fi electronica trio in 1996, their first EP, ‘Wrong French’ was a favourite of John Peel’s (they later recorded a Peel Session for him) and a Single Of The Week in Melody Maker. By 2000, they’d become a full, touring alternative rock group, recording 2 albums for 4AD Records : the soundtrack to Spanish director Bigas Luna’s ‘Son De Mar’ film and ‘Writers Without Homes,’ most notable for featuring the first recording in 30 years of long-lost folk doyenne, Vashti Bunyan. The album also saw the band’s second collaboration with John Grant, back then far from the critically acclaimed torch singer of today. Further collborations throughout the years included Low, Dead Can Dance, Cornershop, and Tarwater.
Often described as darkwave or coldwave, Piano Magic prefer the label, “ghost rock,” an emotive combination of post-rock and haunting ethereal electronics – a blend that has proved particularly popular on the Continent.