You’re sitting on a beach with your friends in the sunshine. The lake is lapping at the shore, the birds are doing their thing, the sun is beating down its warmth, soft white clouds are skittering across the sky. Someone cracks open a couple of cold ones and turns the volume up on the portable speaker. “Magic” is the soundtrack.
This may be your reality, or it may be your quarantine-dream, but “Magic” is a fitting choice all the same.
While Polo & Pan are masters of dipping in and out of endless realities, they manage to create a golden thread of symmetry throughout everything they produce. Staying true to their trippy, dreamy, atmospheric soundscape, “Magic” has a definite psychedelic bent and is broad and quirky in both style and melody. It’s uplifting and genre-defying, and is exactly the glittering, twinkling, spark of joy we need right now.
Their latest album, Cyclorama, is out now for your listening pleasure and features this gem of a track, as well as a couple of other gorgeous offerings. The term cyclorama refers to the “background device employed to cover the back/sides of the stage and used with special lighting to create the illusion of sky, open space, or great distance.” I don’t know about you, but I’ll take all the sky, open space, and great distance I can get right now - especially if “Magic” is the bus I take to get there.
In the duo’s own words:
"It's a musical odyssey through the steps of human existence from birth to adulthood to death… and transcendence! After our first journey in space with 'Caravelle,' we can't wait to take you on a hedonistic excursion through time with 'Cyclorama.'