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Magic Central

4.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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In a Lincoln Log cabin in deep rural Michigan live and work Micah Middaugh, Trevor Hobbs, and Andréa Moreno-Beals. This is Breathe Owl Breathe. A printmaker, a geomorphologist, and a native of Colombia, respectively, the trio transformed their ancient home into a four-season sonic and visual workshop. Through the snow and the sun (and the bugs), Breathe Owl Breathe created Magic Central (the name they also gave their cabin). It's a pop album like no other, a timeless aural cartogram of feeling, soul, skill, and story. You could have found it in the attic. It could have dropped from space.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 28, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: HOMETAPES
  • ASIN: B003Y7L5UA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,141 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Breathe Owl Breathe is a little indie-folk band based out of Michigan that makes intimate and charming folk songs that can be described as "all-ages" folk, acceptable for listening to in the car by oneself or at home with the entire family. This is because Breathe Owl Breathe excels at crafting tracks that any child can follow, while also adding musical and lyrical elements that resonate on a deeper level with adults.

"Dragon", for example, starts with lead vocalist Micah Middaugh's monotone description of a dragon and princess that are pen pals and the actions taken by others once the truth comes out. To a child, this song is about the aforementioned dragon duo, and the inevitable siege by the townsfolk that ensues. Vocalist and cellist Andrea Moreno-Beals, however, cuts to the heart of the deeper issue with her tender tone. "How do you stop loving someone?", she asks, and while children can just enjoy the story, adults are left to ponder the thematic questions it poses.

This interplay of ideas and vocal melodies is strong throughout the entire album, with pleasant songs sometimes bearing stark truths. On the sweet, sad smile of "House of Gold", Middaugh sings, "We will romanticize what we want out of life/You and I will someday die". Lyrically the song is a sobering dose of truth about the American Dream, and the greater human condition has been exposed along the way. Instead of burying the song in such heavy themes, however, the song saunters by on a breezy melody. Acting as a sweetener to such a bitter epiphany, Middaugh calls for the song's mood to rise up, with "oh-oh-oh" stuttering and an absolutely disarming "oh yes, there are handclaps" line announcing the immediate percussive arrival of that infectious human percussion.
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They are some of the absolutely finest people you could know. They are just regular folks who happen to know how to make very interesting and beautiful music together. The lyrics speak so much of northern Michigan experiences and real life emotion. No doubt, by reading some of the less positive reviews here, they are not going to appeal to everyone. But that doesn't matter. They are doing what they love and if people happen to appreciate it, they are very grateful. They just finished touring with Yann Tiersen and for the concert goers who had never heard of Breathe Owl Breathe, they encountered a tremendous treat. I wish you could see them live. They bring their true selves to everything they do and it is beautiful to watch. There is no hype.
Keep your eyes open. They are rambling around the country!
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Breathe Owl Breathe is a beautiful group and Magic Central is a thoroughly moving album--the sonic and lyric landscapes they create are at once intimate yet universal, expansive yet subdued, and simple yet intricate. Magic Central is a must listen from a great band. And on top of all that, the actual vinyl material has the most beautiful marbled pink texture. I highly recommend the vinyl album and this band.
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By emc on October 6, 2012
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it was great. it still is great. i suppose that it will always be great. how often do you get pink vinyl?

also the music is pretty great too I guess.
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By A. Wood on December 6, 2013
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Great music. I think I prefer Ghost Glacier, but this is a good album as well. If you like bluegrass, folk, indie type music you'll like Breathe Owl Breathe.
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