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Magnus craft a desert-rock fever dream on ‘Detachment’

Magnus are one of the most underrated bands currently making music in Australia. Since their 2012 formation, the Sydney-based outfit have carved out a sound that’s hard-hitting and sleazy; it’s grounded in raw garage tones, but stretches into far more exciting and experimental sonic territories.

With the release of their second full-length album, Detachment, the group continue to establish their penchant for crafting swaggering alt-rock gems. If you’re not already across this band, we strongly recommend you change that.

On their massive new album Detachment, Sydney-based outfit Magnus deliver a hard-hitting slab of genre-bending sonic chaos.

All throughout the new album, Magnus stomp through a blistering concoction of stoner, desert, and garage-rock, delivering something uniquely their own. With rough, pulsating rhythms, crunching guitars, thunderous bass lines, and darkly resonant vocal hooks, Detachment is oozing with undeniable musical charisma.

Across its near-hour-long run-time, the album pulls in myriad sonic directions—it never sits in one place for too long. On the album’s opening title track, for example, you’ll be pulled into a deep stoner-rock groove, while on Ever & Ever, you’ll find yourself staggering through a surreal country-tinged fever dream.

From here, tracks like Humbugger and Cottonhead establish the band’s ability to craft immersive, droning, Josh Homme-style melodies, while songs like Lone Motel and Parasol showcase their brilliant versatility. The former is a brooding story-driven post-punk tune and the latter is a formless jazz number.

Detachment is the latest in a string of consistently great releases from Magnus, and judging by the quality of everything we’ve heard so far, I think we can safely expect plenty more great tunes. In the meantime, do yourself a favour and listen to the album above.

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July 2, 2020

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