MAG, is a solo project of Magdalena Ågren. She is using trombone, megaphone, voice, homemade electronics, loops, and drum machine all at once to build her music from scratch. From the smallest simple element, it grows into a gigantic dystopian lo-fi orchestra. Sometimes restrained and suggestive, sometimes chaotic and wild. Mag’s music is an act of resistance to the perfect and controlling in society. It is music that is written out of frustration and sadness straight from the heart. It strives for deep introspection and expressive power, seeking both confrontation and commonality but doesn’t care at all about codes of conduct.
MAG makes international tours on a regular basis but has so far just released one solo album. Magnitude was released 2016 on Surplus Recordings and Zeon Light Skiva. Next album “En fis i rymden” will be released in autumn 2021. Magdalena Ågren is based in Gothenburg, Sweden and is also playing in two other bands, SORK and Trapped in a Loop.
”one of the best live acts I’ve ever seen. You could call it cabaret wave. Just one solo performer with a trombone, samplers and a great voice. Think like Dresden Dolls meets Bikini Kill, produced by Thurston Moore. – Joost Heijthuijsen, Incuabte festival (from her show at AFTR fest in Oslo)
“The act who impressed us the most was MAG. Just like Ashley Paul she builds her music from layers. From trombone, with loops and sounds from several units. Songs about anarchist rabbits. Too crazy to imagine and it happened. You felt the music could take a different direction any moment. But the turn always opened a new exciting part of the trip. MAG was not less than THE discovery of Sonic City.” (Review from her show at Sonic City Festival Curated by Thurston Moore)– Gozo Circus Magazine
” She opened for us in Malmo and I’m still scraping my jaw from the floor after dragging it all the way back to The Netherlands. Marvellous, hugely inventive…. words aren’t enough”
– Edward Ka-Spel, Legendary Pink Dots
Release of Magnitude
The 8 of Oktober 2016 MAGs album Magnitude was finally released on LP and CD by Surplus Recording together with Zeon light skiva. You can listen to the album and order it as the LP, CD and digital download from http://surplusrecordings.bandcamp.com/ or https://zeonlightskiva.bandcamp.com/
Poster for MAGs album tour made by Richard Daun
Gif made by Erich Nagl