Peppy synths, lively vocals, and rockin’ drums bring you “ITILYN” by Magic Bronson - an indie rock, pop, realistic love letter dedicated to the city of Los Angeles. Skip your morning coffee today - this song’s all the energy you’ll need.
The vocalist’s smooth tone and impressive rhythm let the lyrics roll right off the tongue, making it impossible for me not to sing along. I would describe Magic Bronson’s production as psychedelic pop - creative and complex. Synths that mimic car horns in traffic are edited in a way that sounds enjoyable and dancy while the strong beat is upheld with syncopated percussion and vocal harmonies.
There’s so many laughable (and relatable) stories embedded in the lyrics. They mention the two quirks of LA that everyone has heard of: traffic and high rent prices. But hey, it isn’t true love if you can’t accept their faults.
The artists explained, "'ITILYN' was inspired by our love/hate relationship with Los Angeles...I think a lot of people in LA get stuck in the traffic or bogged down by the high rent and have these fantasies of moving somewhere else that's cheaper or easier, but then you get an LA sunset or a perfect day cruising the boardwalk and you realize ah man this city's actually pretty great."
Magic Bronson is the duo of two LA-raised artists: Matt Lieberman (bass, synths and lyricist) and Michael Nicastro (vocals, synths, production and lyricist.) They’ve been creating music together since 2012 when they met by chance in a neighborhood bar and decided to join forces. Since then the self-described “profoundly uneasy” duo have released music about themes like anxiety, using their nervous energy to create songs that uplift their listeners.
Magic Bronson is also known for their commanding stage presence. "I think of Mike as a gorilla in the zoo," Lieberman said. "He's so intense on stage that the audience is always holding their breath, afraid he might break through the barrier at any minute."
Written by Annika Johnson, edited by Hannah Schneider