A duo who first linked up through Myspace while living on opposite sides of the country, now with their third album out, Chris and Dexy Valentine, AKA Magic Wands, have become a dream pop outfit with plenty of depth and talent.

Heavy on the hazy side with plenty of post-punk and new wave elements, there’s a spacey influence both musically and lyrically. Often referring to their sound as “Lovewave,” while some songs are sonically challenging with dense melody, others are light and dance-friendly electro-pop, though everything does feel intimate, attached, and with a longing sentiment.

Comparisons to Beach House are unavoidable here, but there’s a darker atmosphere that points towards goth and psych influences as well, and this record will sit well with fans of The Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine, too.

Purchase the album here. 

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