Magic From The Attic

by Johann Kloos

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Previously released on Fragment Records on cassette in 1991, this is a compilation of tracks recorded between 1983 and 1990. Both home and studio recordings.

Bonus items:

1. Original cassette cover art
2. Print of Sounds Magazine Psychedelic Chart from October 1984 featuring "Mister Fowler" at number Two.

REVIEWS

Johann Kloos - Magic From The Attic - Herts And Essex Observer

The Lofty garret room into which Johann Kloos retreats to is a place of the highest magic. Sumptuous and stark, uplifting and oppressive, the music this man creates is a web of contradictions in mood, genre, construction and influence. One moment he's crossing swords with Richard Thompson, the next he's exchanging dark, raw anecdotes with Tom Waits, and then staggering through insane corridors with an equally stoned Syd Barrett. In "Magic From The Attic," Johann straps the listener to the psychiatrist's couch while his musical personality breaks down into bewildering, diverse elements - schizophrenia on a grand scale. Compiled over a nine year period, it would be the most skilful cartographer who could plot Johann's convoluted route through these masterpieces, the baffling logic robbing me of any steady ground to which I could pin the dreaded label. To do so would be like trying to edit the Beatles "White Album" down to a 60 second snatch of sound. The psychotic otherworldliness of "Get Yourself Together" would have raised a smile on Barrett's twisted face in recognition of a fellow traveller. An acoustic meander with "Sundays" lazily draws an eternity of sunshine with gentle ability shared with the likes of Gordon Giltrap. We scream air guitars in "Goth City", sip tea and tap our feet to "Masque Ball", blink the sleazy nightclub smoke from our eyes during the Twin Peaksesque "Lost In The Afternoon" - the variety is endless. "Never Change" is a delicately beautiful example of Johann's talent for the simple song, following the path that "Storm Petal Suzie" blazed for Erick. Then "Sometimes You Have To Let Go" seals Johann's fate. This gorgeous, effortless waltz of atmospheric pop, as uplifting and easy going classic I can listen to again and again. "Magic From The Attic" is an incredible testament to an incredible talent.

Steve Farrar.

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released May 5, 2014

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Johann Kloos UK

I've been making music almost all my life in one way or another as a solo artist, or in various bands/collaborations in Herts/Essex: (Bankers Son's Daughters, The Decibels, Some People Are Asleep, Ha Ha Said The Car, Erick} and in Salford/Manchester: (The Sandells, KP2, The Bus Pass) ... more

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