Magnetic Poetry's Oksana describes the bedroom pop band's song "Wake Up Next To You" as sounding "like you got a sweet text message from the other side of the world." And in many ways, it is--the duo hail from Moscow, Russia, and it took me a round-the-world trip to first come across their music (you may remember them from my chronicle of riding the Trans-Siberian train in last year's magazine).
So why bother with a band that's so far away? it's simple: Their music is stuck-on-repeat good. That much was clear on the band's six-track album Fantasy Or Reality
, which they self-released in December. "It's cute and fun, a little bit weird," says the Russian musician. "We love how our songs can be lightweight and easy to perceive, and at the same time touching and full of sense." The love goes both ways; Magnetic Poetry's Oksana and Dima are married in real life and each track seems like a secret track written only for each other's ears.
The surprising part is that the lyrics often come last when they're writing. "It usually stars with just jamming. When the melody is done we usually come up with some lyrics, write a whole bunch of words--real poems usually--and then when Dima does the production our songs end up having a couple catchy pop lines," explains Oksana, adding, "So it's always challenging and unexpected!"
Instead of booking that flight to Russia, we've got the premiere and exclusive free download of "Wake Up Next To You."
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