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THIS IS MAGNOLIA — MAGNOLIA

CD REVIEW

Magnolia

EVEN a teenager hyped from performing in a high school play can be calmed by Magnolia’s debut album on the car stereo, debating whether it is “serene” or “tranquil” music.

An afternoon’s playing by friends has become an album of original compositions, as band members from FGHR (Stationary, Going Home) — Daniel Furrugia on drums/percussion, Leonard Grigoryan on guitars/harmonica and Luke Howard on piano/keyboards — join Ryan Monro on bass, Ross Irwin on flugelhorn and Ben Edgar on guitars/lap steel. Edgar’s lap steel helps build the lush, harmonically rich feel, inviting the listener to sink into long grass and enjoy. This is a warm, recuperative outing.

File between: Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois

Download: New Gold Mountain

ROGER MITCHELL

Review published previously in Sunday Herald Sun, Melbourne

Stationary — Farrugia Grigoryan Howard Robertson

Stationary

(Which Way Music/Fuse)

THE perfect place to enjoy Stationary would be in an Otways cottage — I know just the one — with nothing to do but gaze through raindrops on the window to the bush beyond. Hard to pigeonhole as jazz, classical or sophisticated instrumental, this has a delicate serenity that ought not be mistaken for somnolence.

The jazz and classical pedigrees of Leonard (brother of Slava) Grigoryan (guitar), Luke Howard (piano), Darryn Farrugia (drums), and Ben Robertson (bass) are impressive. The original compositions and an arrangement of Missy Higgins’s All for Believing are intricate rather than energetic, reflective rather than arresting and melodic rather than acerbic.

The abiding mood is of a peaceful interlude that never discards thoughtfulness.

Open Your Eyes (Grigoryan) starts simply, then expands its horizons. Red Red Road (Howard) gathers momentum in the hands of the pianist.

In short: A way to stay still and yet be in emotion.

ROGER MITCHELL