Magic Wands’ sound is best described as what the band likes to call “lovewave.” Their mix of new-wave, pop and shoegaze, along with their preference towards the lovey dovey, comes together in the duo’s debut LP Aloha Moon. Composed of Chris and Dexy Valentine, Magic Wands presents an album thats theme centers around being in love and how magical that feeling can be. Aloha Moon, with its varying beats and instrumental intensities, maintains a very West Coast sound. It has this transcendental, beach-ridden quality that recalls those summer nights when you thought love would last forever.
The duo met through the inter-web after Chris heard an early version of Dexy’s song “Teenage Love,” which is one of the tracks included in the album. Aloha Moon, is the follow up to the band’s 2009 EP Magic Love And Dreams, and includes three of the songs from that collection, carrying on with the bands preference towards songs about the matters of the heart. The opener “Black Magic,” talks about finding your perfect puzzle piece in “the person’s eyes/that have the answers in/around the galaxy mars.” Throughout the album, the duo continues to refer back to this alien love, like in the track “Wolves,” where they mention “intergalactic love.” In “Warrior,” the theme changes from space love to a tribal one, as Dexy sings, “Ever get the feeling you’re the only one/I could love in the tribe/You’re a warrior,” her sweet voice providing an interesting juxtaposition to the lyrics, which get more and more sexual as the song goes on. In “Teenage Love” the sexuality associated with love presents itself again, as Dexy sings about what seems like a booty call, “Call me up on the telephone/late at night you’re all alone/this teenage love has got me stuck/come over now so we can fuck.”
Many of the songs on Aloha Moon hint at ’80s soft rock, with their delicate guitar and drumming, while still providing a contemporary dream-like quality. Dexy’s velvety soft voice is reminiscent of the xx’s Romy Madley Croft. As she sings the love filled lyrics she brews up memories of teenage movies like Say Anything, once again making you wish John Cusack was waking you up with a boom box.