Psychonavigation Records next release is from talented musicians Tiny Magnetic Pets.
Named after the collectable Japanese toys, Tiny Magnetic Pets are:
Paula Gilmer: Vocals and Synthesizerand Sean Quinn: Synthesizers, Mellotron and Guitar.
Vocalist Paula Gilmer honed her energetic live performance as a direct result of sharing the stage with The Prodigy.
Watching Keith Flint ignite the crowds at The Point was an epiphany. This is what fronting a live electronic band is all about and I knew at that moment this is what I wanted to do.
A former Bmgrecordsartist, Gilmer had previously been in a band with Mark Sheehan of The Scriptand her tracks are included on various Ministry of Sound compilations.
Sean Quinn was signed to Brian Eno/Roxy Music's label EG Records. While making an album for EG Quinn discovered the Mellotron that had been hired by the studio was none other than the one used by The Beatleson Strawberry Fields Forever'. Thus began his love affair with vintage instruments.
He has worked with System 7main man and Charlatans producer Steve Hillageand was the creative driving force behind Electric Penguinswho's album Goodbye From The Electric Penguins received critical acclaim the world over particularly in Ireland where the band were nominated for the 2FM Hope'MeteorMusic Award 2007. This carried through to the US where the album was picked up by various radio stations in particular Kcrwwhere it was played extensively by Nic Harcourt, Chris Douridas and Anne Litt.
Sharing a fascination for classic albums of the late 70's / early 80's such as Bowie's Berlin Trilogy, Gary Numan's Pleasure Principle and Kraftwerk's Computer World the band recorded their debut album Return Of The Tiny Magnetic Pets' working within the limitations of 70's studio technology ' No computers were used just two Moogs, a Mellotron, Vox organ and guitars. The end result is an impressive blend of melodic invention and musicianship ' all instruments and vocals were performed live.
From the opening Tempelhof with it's insistent Krautrock groove to the closer 'Geraniums' where Paula's vocal fades into space, Return Of The Tiny Magnetic Pets'is a continuous musical trip which is already gaining comparisons with Air, Stereolab, Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, Goldfrapp etc.
Lyrically, the themes are of losing one's sense of self and longing for a simpler time - emotional time travel. Girl In AWhite Dress in particular deals with a desire to reconnect with one's carefree self.
Tiny Magnetic Pets will be playing live in Ireland over the coming months. Keep an eye out for live gigs and sessions / interviews on radio and TV. Next live show: Whelan's, Dublin, June 10th with Sleep Thieves.