If You Take Your Magic SlowNight People
***If You Take Your Magic Slow is the debut full-length LP from multi-instrumentalist JENNIFER BARON’s THE GARMENT DISTRICT, with help from a few friends and family—her cousin LUCY BLEHAR provides lead vocals throughout. If You Take Your Magic Slow is very much a structured album with its diverse track list meticulously strung together. A mix of surreal instrumentals and subtle turns conjures outdoor walks in transitional atmospheres and landscapes, nature hikes in the city, sunny days that are okay with becoming cloudy, warm music full of feeling that remains comfortably easy-going despite the meticulous care given to its sophisticated orchestration and arrangements. This eclecticism creates something complex yet accessible, loose but direct. Baron mixes pastoral psychedelia with artful minimalist post-punk experimentation and a subtle approach to library music, soundtracks as “pop,” with just enough droney dreamy color to fill it all in. If You Take Your Magic Slow doesn’t follow any templates or gimmicks: its focus is on being true to its musicality, songwriting, and honest approach to compelling contemporary easy listening—something we are quite fond of. A perfect summertime record. Edition of 400 copies.