Magik Magik is the project of San Francisco resident Minna Choi, who plays, composes, and conducts as Magik Magik. She’s no stranger to the music scene, she’s led her very own orchestra that she started. They’ve performed in concert with the likes of Jonny Greenwood, Weezer and Death Cab for Cutie, and did film score work for some pretty big movies: Looper and Kill The Messenger.

Minna has now made the jump to producing some more music on her own. She takes her orchestra capabilities and applies them to her own blend of synth-pop, which will be put on full display on her upcoming self-titled debut album which will be released on Chris Walla’s record label Trans-Records on October 14.

She offers a wide variety of sounds and flavors on the album, take for instance the track “Laugh A Lot,” which has the mystic, dreamy feel of early blog-era Lana Del Rey, enhanced with the duel vocal work from Tom Krell of How To Dress Well. Or the cool electronic chill of “Our Sinking Home,” a light but delicate piece that captures you with its pop framework, but offers something more substantial through her lyricism and welcome orchestra flourishes.

You’re unlikely to find a more refined and readymade debut album this year.

For more on Magik Magik, head to her website, where you can find links to pre-order the new album. I’ve also posted her music video for “Laugh A Lot” below.

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