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Video Of The Week #271: Magana – Paul (Premiere)

Magaña releases Teeth, her second album, on March 25th (to coincide with the Worm Moon’s peak illumination) through Audio Antihero Records (Frog / Cloud / Nosferatu D2) and her own Colored Pencils imprint. The solo project of multi-instrumentalist Jeni Magaña, who has spent the last few years on the road as bassist for Mitski (from Jimmy Kimmel to Glastonbury) and Lady Lamb, as well as working with Emily Moore as one-half of the pen pin pop duo.

Today, we are debuting the homespun video for the track ‘Paul’ below, an effortlessly heart-breaking song about grief. Magaña’s voice is an affecting sigh, as it spins across this gorgeously warm palette of spindly acoustics, strings and woodwind, these haunting words are bathed in melancholia and longing, written by her friend who dealt with death too early.

Magaña says: “This song is for my friend, who dealt with death too early. These are her words, and I processed them by turning them into a song.”

Spun from Magaña’s meditations and synth experiments, Teeth, which she describes as “Witchy Rock,” is unlike any of her past works. An album about “regrowth and a new view on the world,” its sound touches on Acid Folk, Alternative Pop, and even Krautrock as she tackles the bleakest and most brutally honest subjects of her songwriting career.

Artist Quote:

“I recorded this during lockdown in the pandemic. The world started to look strange to me, as if I was an alien plopped down in the middle of Los Angeles but with all these human feelings. I wanted this album to reflect that not only in the lyrics but in the soundscapes as well. I wanted it to sound like earth and space at the same time, so I arranged acoustic guitars, strings, and winds to weave in and out of synth lines and electric guitar solos.” – Jeni Magaña

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