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Petal – Magic Gone (album review)

by Woody on June 22, 2018


Kiley Lotz is an artist who wears her heart on her sleeve with her music. She said as much in the press release, “‘Magic Gone’ is the physical and sonic representation of me fighting for my right not only to survive but live all while coming to terms with encroaching adulthood,” The thing is, Lotz has the vocal chops to make you, the listener, feel every ounce of pain, every decision that she’s questioned and every victory, as small as they seem.

The album is set up in two distinct sides. Side A, titled Tightrope Walker, features songs Lotz wrote before entering treatment, while Side B, Miracle Clinger, is comprised of songs she wrote in recovery. The variety within the album is nice too. The album starts with a fuzzy bang with Better Than You and then Lotz slowly eases off the gas culminating with Comfort and Shy; two tracks that had me reaching for my Julien Baker comparisons. The back half starts off with the title track; almost as if the proverbial fog was lifted while in captivity and culminating in a big old love song, Stardust, that feels like it should be sound-tracking the penultimate scene in the indie breakout movie of the year.

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Petal announces Magic Gone for 6/15 release

by Woody on April 16, 2018

Petal is the cathartic vehicle of Kiley Lotz. Magic Gone is going to Petal’s sophomore effort after 2015’s Shame. If you enjoy music inspired by 90s indie, than Petal should be right up your alley. Here’s some more on the album from Lotz.

“‘Magic Gone’ is the physical and sonic representation of me fighting for my right not only to survive but live all while coming to terms with encroaching adulthood,” says Lotz. “I was a closeted queer person struggling with chronic mental health disorders; terrified that if I tried to deal with these two major issues in my life I would lose everyone and everything I loved. Coming out was the beginning of a long and continuing process of self-actualization, of taking a hard look at myself and the problems I had and how I could fix them. This record is the result of being the most honest I have ever been in my life, and the constant battle of overcoming the thought that, “maybe if I were just someone else completely, everything would be better.” ‘Magic Gone’ is about letting go of the anger induced by all the paranoia, anxiety, guilt and pain, and embracing the magic of your own endurance and hoping for the best.”

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