Magic Jove, a psychedelic blues rock trio from Sweden, seem to be off to a pretty solid start. Before they even played a gig, Magic Jove were discovered by Ozium Records from the hype of some self-released demo tapes and in a couple of months they had an EP out. That EP is entitled In The Fields and it provides a strong introduction to a band with a whole lot of potential.
The influence of heroes like Jimi Hendrix and Black Sabbath provide a clear reference point to where Magic Jove are garnering much of their texture from on In The Fields, but that’s not to say the sound isn’t distinctively their own. With driving bass lines, grooving drums and phasing guitar solos, this EP paints the picture of a band with soul and musicality. The title track starts off the EP with a sweltering epic centralized around a punching guitar riff. Vocalist and guitarist Filiph Englund does a great job here of using his voice to prelude the melodic breakdowns instead of masking them. On “Guardian Angel,” Magic Jove demonstrate some impressive soloing that embodies the feeling of the turbulent ’60s and ’70s.
The smoking ballad, “In Chain,” is a definite highlight, with a laid-back jam that explodes into a fiery of blues licks and fuzz tones. “Floating Upstream,” the final track on the In The Fields EP, closes Magic Jove’s debut release out strongly, beckoning for a return with a full length album.
The Review: 8/10
The Big Hit
– In The Fields
Review by Ryan Artmann