With a track record for being intensely intimate and seriously fun-filled, allotment-swing-acoustic trio The Magic Beans have an ear for a quirky cover and the imagination to take it in a completely new direction. Their rootsy originals draw influence from folk, jazz and world music traditions and sit comfortably alongside the eclectic songs that they cover and their unique way of reimagining them.
“The Magic Beans trade in transformation. That is, they distill the essence of unlikely pop songs with just a supple string bass (Matt Owens, the best in the business) and lyrical acoustic guitar (the tasteful Ulrich Elbracht). The pair interweave seamlessly, and, most important of all, leave lots of room for singer Zoe Kyoti. In this environment, Zoe blossoms like an exotic bloom, and is relaxed, confident and, not to put too fine a point on it, divine.” (Mike Butler – Dyverse Music)
“Blues, roots, Ratpack-style swing and theatre…An album that shows not only raw musical talent across the genres and innovation in lyrics and melody…as fun and upbeat as it is solemn and sultry.” (Nickie Shobeiry – Music Muso)
“Uli Elbracht & Matt Owens are self-effacing accompanists: they provide minimal velvet for the jewel of Zoe Kyoti’s voice, which is magical in its smoothness, nuance and tenderness” (MEN)