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Never doctrinaire, on 2020, Magik Markers capture a humid kind of chlorinated heat, playing like children of divorce at the condominium pool: strangers feeling out games to play, contests to have underwater, blowing by minutes without noticing at all. There is no more contemporary, they say, only emergency. So, here we are with results, the murky and public airing of songs, improvised and planned. Like damp concrete made up of the collected wet footprints of every single night since last we heard these Magik Markers. The results are amazing, sometimes, dare it be said: magical. Beneath the shifting, roiling surface of 2020, there is even more serious business going on. What Magik Markers do best is listening and as Shaw, Pete and Elisa worked with the tunes, they heard something taking shape. Less a style than a spirit - a spirit that had to do with a delight in friendship and invention. What matters now is John Shaw’s monolithic bass; Pete Nolan’s omnipotent drums and the magnificent immediacy of Elisa Ambrogio’s lyrics and guitar. These songs are too contemporary to be subject to notices of timeliness but ‘Hymn for 2020’ feels so timely, the clean comfort and hot/coldness of this 2016 composition predicting the aseptic now.

Released: October 2020
Cat: DC687
Label: Drag City



1. Surf’s Up
2. Find You Ride
3. That Dream (Shitty
4. Beach)
5. Born Dead
6. You Can Find Me
7. Hymn for 2020
8. Swole Sad Tic
10. Quarry (If You Dive)