Secrets of Synth: ‘Magic’ by FM Attack Feat. Kristine

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By Jack

Synthwave is a nostalgic, largely instrumental genre of electronic music. We provided a three-part guide to synthwave here. In a new weekly series, we look at songs that have defined the genre and interview the creators behind them.

FM Attack’s ‘Magic’ is our focus this week. A collaboration with Kristine, who sings on the track, ‘Magic’ is synth music at it’s sweetest.  Summer romance is a recurring motif in synth music, as it’s an image that is closely tied to the decade. In fact it is hard not to imagine the 1980s in their entirety as one long summer.

‘Magic’ is a songs that succeeds at every level, with immaculate production, shiny synth loops, a fantastic chorus, and an adventurous instrumental coda that ends the track on a high note. We spoke to FM Attack about the track.

1. How did you get into synth music?

“I started making synthwave music probably around 2007. I was heavily influenced by Lifelike, Anoraak and College as well as Cut Copy, amongst others. These guys were the pioneers to me.”

2. How did you come to write ‘Magic’?

“I wrote Magic and originally sang myself before approaching Kristine to do some vocals on it as I thought it would sound better with female vox.”
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“She changed up the lyrics and vocal lines a bit but I gave her the original scratch vocals for her to use as a guide.”
3. How was it working with Kristine?

“Kristine is so talented, down to earth and a natural so it was very easy to work with her.  I think I had the vocals mixed a day after she sent them :)”

4. Is ‘Magic’ about seeing the best in a bad situation? How would you describe the story, or message of the track?

“I would say its definitely nostalgic with a romantic tone in the lyrics, it could relate to anyone who has had hopes and dreams with someone.

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5. If this could be the soundtrack to any 80s movie, which one would it be?
“Hmmm,  maybe a John Hughes film, there are so many good ones to choose from!”
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