Moscow-born, Alaska-grown Olga Bell has spent the past three years methodically transforming herself from conservatory-trained classical pianist into anything-goes electro-pop omnivore. The six songs on BELL’s self-released 2008 EP garnered accolades and atta-girls from, among others, Pitchfork (“at once ethereal and firmly emotional”), SPIN, Gorilla vs. Bear, NYLON, MetroPop, Paste and Stereogum (“windswept and ambitious…intensely personalized and spare”); the limited-run pressing is nearly out of print.
With this hand-numbered 7”/digital single, twosyllable and BELL invite you to don your cushiest sneakers and romp all the way back to hypercolor, friendship bracelets and epic birthdays. Created and recorded entirely by the band (now a trio, with percussionist/fellow beat-spelunkers Jason Nazary and Gunnar Olsen), the maximalist delirium of “MAGIC TAPE” is celebratory music for hard times----skittish, bumpy half-time verses (smacking slightly of Timbaland’s early work with Aaliyah) shimmy, simmer and eventually set off a confetti mushroom-cloud floor-slammer of a chorus, with 808 bass and heroic keytar designed to eradicate personal anxiety and (by proxy) economic strife.
Limited to 500!