Lead up to with a string of single releases including "Closer 2 U," "Home,” and "Somewhere," SLOW MAGIC’s fourth album 'it's the end of the world, but it's ok.'/a> is out now on Moving Castle with 12 tracks including collaborations with MANILA KILLA, SHALLOU, Woven In Hiatus, PAPERWHITE, and more. The timely and aptly titled album explores perseverance, unity, hope, and resilience.
"This album is a collection of songs that I worked on over the last few years that mean a lot to me. The concept and title started as an optimistic twist on a sci-fi apocalypse, but over this past year the meaning of the album has evolved as 2020 has shown us that sometimes, it truly feels like the end of the world,” said Slow Magic. “The idea that there is always light in the darkness rings true, and these songs, while not written for the current events of the world, can hopefully help you find solace and optimism even when things seem out of control."
"(begin_)" sets the stage and cinematically builds into the symphony that is "All I Need," which features Slow Magic’s signature twinkling synth work. Next comes, previously released single and collaboration with Manila Killa, "Closer 2 U" full of ambient vocals and captivating kalimba melodies. "Breathless" featuring Runn bursts with a bright, anthemic sound, juxtaposed with lyrics that describe wavering between anxiety and self-assurance, reminding listeners to stop and catch their breath. Meanwhile the fluttering arpeggios of "Heartbeat / Helicopter" parallel the sounds of a heart. A driving tempo shifts the groove towards the center of the track as Slow Magic deftly bridges the gap between his older backsound and recent musical explorations.
Static fades out and into "Carry On" featuring Paperwhite to start the second half of the album. This track is an uplifting, lush introspective escape. "Somewhere," a track co-produced by Shallou featuring the lyrical genius of Woven In Hiatus, follows eliciting ambient comfort with moving words of encouragement. The eighth track "Stars" featuring Mariya Stoeva is peaceful serves as the perfect link to single "Home." The album winds down with two instrumental tracks "Wild" and "Bleed," which craft stories through complex harmonies and emotionally-driven melodies. Finally, it's the end of the world, but it's ok. closes with "(_end)," a piano-driven, reflective piece, allowing listeners to soak in the full experience of this album. For a world in crisis, Slow Magic's music is a beautiful reminder to look both inward and to the future.