The Magic I.D. (Ger)
Kai Fagaschinski – clarinet
Margareth Kammerer – vocal, guitar
Christof Kurzmann – vocal, g3 & lloopp
Michael Thieke – clarinet
The Magic I.D. is a Berlin-based quartet exploring the juncture of song forms with abstract music. The band, consisting of Margareth Kammerer (vocals & guitars), Christof Kurzmann (vocals, g3 & lloopp), Kai Fagaschinski and Michael Thieke (both clarinet), formed in summer 2005 after previously being connected via smaller groupings and projects. The musicians expand song forms through the prism of experimental sensibilities and mesh the two remarkably fluidly.
'I'm So Awake / Sleepless I Feel' is their new and second release and consists of ten intricately constructed gems, each with its own individual shape, painstakingly sequenced to form a record that becomes more than the sum of its parts. The combination of twin clarinets, guitar, subtle electronics and voices seems deceptively simple, but it makes a heady cocktail. The combined effect creates a unique soundscape; after hearing two seconds of this music, it could be mistaken for nothing else.
"At once daydreamy and gripping, The Magic ID sound refreshingly like on one else."
"Such care and attention to detail runs right through the album. The irony is the amount of effort that must have been invested into music that sounds absolutely effortless."
Till My Breath Gives Out (Erstwhile Records 2008)
Sleepless I Feel / I'm So Awake (Staubgold 2011)