The Magnificent Tape Band ‘The Subtle Art of Distraction’ (ATA) 4/5

What a fabulous name for a band that in itself got my interest but then I saw that the album features Rachel Modest who in 2016 slayed us with a deep soul 45 called “Forbidden Love”, which surfaced on ATA Records – one that is still out there and recommend you grab a copy.
To this album then, well it kicks off in fine style with the mournful horn laden dark “Let The Church Say”, the shimmering “Danger” is a real throwback grower, “When I Saw Your Face” is a stunning ballad that just envelopes you, a very simple sparse backdrop allow for this great voice to really get into your head, a real tune of beauty, I can well see “Requiem” getting radio plays, all very 5th Dimension in feel, from the moment I heard those crying strings I was hooked and “Heading Towards Catastrophe” should be coming your way soon, I can well see Soul radio picking this up and running with it, morphing into a mid tempo head nodder of the highest order, sounds like a cast of thousands, a lovely falsetto vocal takes you on the ride – stunning, simply stunning.
“Black Tiger” has that funky choppy sound that’s so in vogue now, the late Charles Bradley’s ghost floats all over this. And finally we go out with a real bang with a head nodding foot tapping funky stroller, a great album and I want more.

Brian Goucher