The Magic Beans

The Magic Beans

Self-Titled Album Review

The Magic Beans tagged themselves as “ameritronica” on Bandcamp! That’s one of the most interesting tags I’ve read in a while. I can definitely see the Americana roots in their music, all though most of their sounds do seem to be organic, and so I don’t quite understand the electronic part of that combination of a word. In any case, this music is really cool! They’ve got an eight-track, free album on Bandcamp released in July 21 and simply titled, “The Magic Beans.” Check it out for a lot of really great sounds from some very obviously skilled musicians.

The story is apparently that these guys met in Four Mile Canyon and created a friendship and band for the aim of spontaneous improvisation and music greater than the sum of its parts. That’s a perfect ideal, and they’re pulling it off well! These tracks are all great summations of simply parts and excellent sounds.  They called it genre spanning and that’s totally accurate. I don’t know what I’d say if somebody asked me to describe The Magic Beans with one genre.

The Magic Beans is Scott Hachey, Chris Franklin, Josh Appelbaum, Casey Russell and Hunter Welles. You can find them on Facebook, Bandcamp, or their personal URL, MagicBeeansMusic.com. They recorded their self-titled release at Sky Trail Recording, and the beautiful quilted artwork was done by Sweet Melis. If you’re in the area, check them out! If not, turn up your speakers and take in all this great magical improvisation!