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Magic Trix by Brooklynite Xenia Rubinos might cause an initial reaction like you are being tasered (bro). There is little to compare to the sharp, thick spine of a keyboard sound that comes blaring at you from the very first moments. An oblique assemblage of uncommon rhythms, forceful singing and dance-til-you-puke styles combine to make Magic Trix one of the most exciting debut albums in years.
Magic Trix by Brooklynite Xenia Rubinos might cause an initial reaction like you are being tasered (bro). There is little to compare to the sharp, thick spine of a keyboard sound that shoots at you from the very first moments. An oblique assemblage of uncommon rhythms, powerhouse vocals and dance-til-you-puke energy combine to make Magic Trix one of the most exciting debut albums in years.
Surprisingly, the record’s aggressive sound is achieved without the use of guitars. Xenia, together with drummer/sound magician Marco Buccelli, create a dozen songs that bring to mind the adventurous spirit and wacked out mentality found in the best moments of Rip, Rig and Panic, DNA and The Contortions. Xenia keeps close to/ expands on her Cuban, Puerto Rican, and American roots and while the songs shoot off to new stratospheres, they never lose the sense that the music is at it’s core two people banging on things, making a racket. It was such a racket that their home production of the album was often interrupted by paintings falling from the apartment walls as they recorded.
Xenia and Marco are also able to fully replicate the record live. That is partially thanks to Buccelli’s makeshift “analogic distorted snare.” In order to alter his snare sound, he circuits the drum through an array of reverb and distortion pedals, then plays next to a huge amp that allows him to an electronic sound direct from his acoustic drum set.
Magic Trix manages to take all its diverse origins and combine them into an aggressively danceable dozen tunes. Ponder it. Shake your booty to it. However you hear it, Xenia Rubinos’ songs will get things moving.