Popular Mechanics (album)

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Popular Mechanics
Studio album by Piano Magic
Released November, 1997
Genre Post-rock
Length 48:18
Label i/Che
Producer Piano Magic
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Popular Mechanics
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Popular Mechanics is the debut album by Piano Magic, originally released in 1997 on i/Che records.

It was recorded at home in North London on 4 and 8 track c46 cassette machines by founding members Glen Johnson and Dominic Chennell with contributions from passing friends. At the time, Johnson and Chennell claimed the album to be influenced by the early music of Kraftwerk and Brothers Quay animation films.

It includes the a-sides from Piano Magic's first two single releases, Wrong French and Wintersport featuring the third founding member Dick Rance.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Metal Coffee 1:30
  2. Wintersport, Cross Country 8:34
  3. Everything Works Beautifully 2:27
  4. (0:53) 0:53
  5. Amongst Russian Lathes & Metal Curls 4:10
  6. Birth of an Object 2:16
  7. Revolving Moth Cage 4:07
  8. To Be Swished / Dream of the UPS Driver 9:02
  9. Freckled Robot 3:28
  10. Soft Magnets 5:01
  11. Wrong French 2:17
  12. You've Lost Your Footing in This World 4:33


  • Glen Johnson – Sounds
  • Dominic Chennell – Sounds
  • Martin Cooper – Sounds
  • David Griffiths – Sounds
  • Dick Rance – Sounds
  • Paul Tornbohm – Sounds
  • Hazel Burfitt – Vocals
  • Rachel Leigh – Vocals