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The Foreign Films - Magic Shadows (Sonic Envy)

26 April 2023

The Foreign Films’ sixth release guides the crafty Bill Majoros’ love of classic ‘60s/‘70s pop-rock toward the retro-futuristic ‘80s. “Perfect Future” echoes ‘80s acolytes The Killers and nods to Icicle Works’ “Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream).” “Rain Clouds (Sunshine in your Heart)” finds its silver lining with enveloping OMD synthesizers, Phil Collins drum fills, and sparkling Traveling Wilburys harmonies. Magic Shadows unfolds as an imaginary radio station connecting to nostalgic and universal youthful experiences, reflected by “Daydream in the Sun (UFO Radio).” The album’s first half opens a la Jellyfish-meets-Beach Boys with “Midnight Movies” and Carl Jennings’ bouncing bass. Side two begins in thematic parallel with “Cinema Girl.” Both songs find Majoros exploring lyrical inspiration from heavyweights like Cohen and Dylan. Final track “Cosmic Lover” pushes your favorite Marc Bolan and Spirit buttons. (