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new tour date + ep Jul. 14, 2003

MAGNET will be playing live as part of EDINBURGH FESTIVAL’s ‘T on the Fringe’ supporting DOVES on 22nd August @ Edinburgh Corn Exchange.

The new ‘Chasing Dreams’ EP tracklisting is now confirmed, set for release mid-September, the 10” vinyl will include:
1. Chasing Dreams
2. Little Miss More or Less
3. I’ll Come Along’ (re-mixed by Mo’Wax cut n’paste groove merchants The Psychonauts)

The ltd edition CD will also include a heramin-loaded version of ‘Home Song’.

‘Chasing Dreams’ from the EP was mixed by Steve Osborne at George Martin’s Air Studio’s in London. Steve’s sprinkled magic on tracks by U2, PJ Harvey, Doves, The Streets among others so Magnet’s in good company…

The remix of ‘I’ll Come Along’ by The Psychonauts has already carried Magnet into ”’avvin it” pastures new. The track made it’s party-boots debut at Glastonbury Festival’s Rizla Tent.

The ‘as yet untitled’ proper debut album is coming along well, the full Magnet live ensemble will be spending time this Summer at Sawmills Studio, just off the coast of St Austell, Cornwall adding finishing touches to the record. ‘My Darling Curse’ that will feature on the album has just been mixed by Ben Hillier (Blur, Elbow) and is the first new track all ready for action.

There will be more tour dates around the release of the EP.


Categories: EPs, On Your Side, Tour

uk press quotes & release info Jul. 7, 2003

“ON YOUR SIDE” THE ALBUM OUT NOW!!! www.amazon.co.uk – at special price of £8.49 from Amazon for a limited period

Like being pawed & jawed by a country-loving cougar…deliciously understated
UNCUT (4*)

Magnet will rock you, very gently”
Q (4*)

A fragile, bleak and downright swoonsome affair that tingles with cherubic reflection and Mark Hollis-esque stark minimalism…wholly


Magnet stands apart from his romantic contemporaries…such an impressive debut
THE FLY (4*)

Confident enough to go out on a musical limb and operate away from current trends, this is a stunning, must-buy release
THE SUNDAY TIMES (3/3 outstanding)

A delicious mix of enervation and exhilaration, the subtlest dub textures, the coolest of underplayed beats and everywhere, vulnerability without sappiness, a cracked treasure worthy of your close attention

A work of sinister charm and beauty with a rich diversity of sounds and feelings. Recommended

A contender for Album of the Year
MUZIK (5*)

Gorgeously drowsy yet elegiac slice of electronic audio heaven

Categories: On Your Side, Reviews, Tour

uk tour dates Jul. 7, 2003

Magnet Live UK
07th July. Edinburgh / FOPP. Rose Street, Edinburgh. On at 11.00am
07th July. Edinburgh / Borders. Unit 26, Fort Kinnaird, Edinburgh. On at 7.00pm
08th July. Glasgow / FOPP. Union Street, Glasgow. On at 12.00noon
09th July. Glasgow / Borders. 98 Buchanan Street, Glasgow. On at 6.00pm
10th July. Bath / FOPP. The Corridor, Bath. On at 12.00noon
10th July. Bristol / Borders. Clifton Promenade, 48-56 Queens Road, Bristol. On at 7.00pm
11th July. Wimbledon / Virgin Megastores. On at 2.00pm
11th July. London / Borders. 203 Oxford Streetm London. On at 6.30pm
13th July. Cambridge / FOPP. Sidney Street, Cambridge. On at 12.00noon
14th July. Nottingham / FOPP. Queen Street, Nottingham. On at 12.00noon
15th July. Sheffield / FOPP. Division Street, Sheffield. On at 4.00pm
19th July. Manchester / Bridgewater Hall. (supporting Bebel Gilberto) tickets 0870 400 0688
21st July. London / The Enterprise, Camden Town (headline solo show 9.45pm) tickets 0870 907 0999 £4
22nd July. London / Shepherds Bush Empire. (supporting Bebel Gilberto) tickets 0870 400 0688

The dates Mon 7th – Tues 15th are all FREE admission. The date previously listed on 30th July with Bebel Gilberto in Bristol is cancelled. Stage time for the other Bebel Gilberto supports is 8pm.

Categories: Tour

tour + reviews Jul. 1, 2003

Magnet“On Your Side” release date 23 June in Norway, 7 July in UK.

A few more dates in the tour section:
Magnet will support Bebel Gilberto on the following UK dates in July.
19th July – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
22nd July – London Shepherds Bush Empire
30th July – Bristol Academy

The Fly – Feature & Album Review – June 2003 edition
June issue of The Fly has a front cover mention of Magnet, a 4* Album review and a feature on page 31. ”…my biggest heroes are Bob Marley, The Clash, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen. All those guys worked without any sort of plan. That’s something I do too, because I think it makes music exciting”

Q Magazine – Album Review – “On Your Side” July 2003 edition
Blissful Norse Pop. Even Johansen releases his debut on the coat tails of fellow Norwegians Royksopp and Kings of Convenience, and trips a gentle, aching line between the two. Like them, he make blissed out electronic pop that sounds like Simon & Garfunkel restructuring Radiohead’s most fragile moments, but then he adds something else – lap steel guitar. Where Happiness Lives is an anthem for prairie nostalgia, while the dusty-hued The Day We Left Town tunes directly into 50’s cinemascope. Even a potentially hazardous cover of Lay Lady Lay with Gemma Hayes proves an excercise in louche lovliness. Magnet will rock you – very gently. **** (Emma Warren)

Categories: On Your Side, Releases, Reviews, Tour