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South Shields-based The Railway Club’s latest release is the perfect alternative to your standard three minute pop song. The nearly ten minute long piece Magpie Spirit is in fact an amalgamation of four songs which see singer/songwriter Martin Francis Trollope take on the role of producer for the first time, resulting in more of a performance piece than a straightforward single.

Deliberately trying to produce something less straightforward than their usual indie material, the band have opted for the use of sampling, synths and segments of spoken word throughout the EP’s various phases. Despite its daunting length the variation contained within Magpie Spirit keeps you tuned in throughout, as you’re thrown gently between segments.

Kicking off with lyrics which are simultaneously threatening and lulling, words with murderous intent voiced by a smooth, sinister vocal, the storytelling style is accompanied by a simple and soft accordion backing. Following the slight hesitation of a spoken word segment, which seems to be fighting the drowning tide of its accompanying instrumental, the pace picks up with synths that softly wave in until a full band sound kicks in.

The final phase of the track changes tempo again, bringing a female vocal to the mix to complement Martin’s distinctive voice, all set against a light, twinkling tune. To round it off come snippets of found sounds, flickering between conversations, easing the track to its final conclusion.

Rather than the disparate sounds of the track feeling disjointed they work cohesively in an atmospheric narrative and Magpie Spirit is an ambitious statement of intent, which can only be enhanced by a live performance. Check the ambitious band out at Head of Steam, Newcastle on Friday 1st May as they officially launch the EP in collaboration with new record label Anyone Can Make These Records, with support from YUMA and therunningchelsea. The CD will be available free on the night and you can download it free from Bandcamp the day after.

The Railway Club launch their EP at Head of Steam, Newcastle on Friday 1st May.

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