Sunburned Hand of the Man
"No Magic Man"
"We've got the closest thing to a high fidelity release here from the confirmed kings of the under-the-counter-culture, Sunburned Hand Of The Man. No Magic Man comes courtesy of Arthur magazine's new audio imprint and it bundles a selection of some of Sunburned's most punishingly rhythmic heart-punches to date. There are pieces here that sound like Pete Cosey-era Miles cut up with Lhasa street song and stand-up stonerskits, while others make out like the logical Heavy Metal extension of Tony Williams' experiments with electricity as part of Lifetime alongside guitarist John McLaughlin and organist Larry Young. Guitarist Marc Orleans can generate kandy korn cartwheels as well as The Magic Band's Jeff Cotton and combined with Rob Thomas's bass, the two provide a steam-rolling backline that various drummers -- John Moloney, Phil Franklin -- work to bolster and undermine. Much of No Magic Man is possessed of a uniquely squelchy analog bottom end and between tracks there are some wowing cut-ups from various found sources that add a beautiful veneer of mystic shit to the already precariously dosed proceedings." -- David Keenan, The Wire (May 2005)
"Finally they give us what we want... Essential to those interested in the band... Wicked funk grooves and trancey drone-outs... No Magic Man is a fitting rival for 'Jaybird,' 'Wild Animal,' and 'Headdress' as best Sunburned Hand of the Man release. Rating: 12/12" -- Jim Steed, fakejazz.com
A collection of all-new, all-weather nighttime sounds from one of the greatest tellin'-it-like-it-is, Apocalypse Later! bands around right now. "No Magic Man" is specifically designed for those with chronic cases of peek-a-boo, long eye and post-election stress disorder. 12 reports from the never-ending ritual running just under an hour, this is the next page in the Book of Sunburned, and it's yours! Track listing for "No Magic Man":
1. every direction
2. the 1st Degree
3. Flying Colours
4. the air itself
5. NO MAGIC MAN
7. Yer Own Eyes & the Number None
8. Nile High
9. Serpent's wish
10. The Twin Gates
11. Gather 'Round
Track listing for "No Magic Man":
Cover artwork by Robert Thomas of Sunburned.
Second printing of 1000.