Jackson Wang finally fired MAGIC MAN out of the hat.
The singer, songwriter, performer and producer has released his second album MAGIC MAN September 9 via TEAM WANG records/88rising Records/Warner Records/RYCE MUSIC GROUP. MAGIC MAN comes nearly three years after Jackson Wangthe first album of MIRRORS; during these years, Jackson worked tirelessly on the different aspects of his career. Along with the music, Jackson worked on defining his solo career and his sound, giving listeners and fans something to always look forward to.
MAGIC MAN contains a total of 10 tracks, including pre-released singles’Blow‘ and ‘Cruel‘, and the new ‘Blue‘. MAGIC MAN is inspired by 70s rock and describes an energetic and gritty exploration of toxic love and self-discovery. In the album, Jackson shows his most vulnerable side, allowing his deepest emotions to surface under the laws of mystery, temptation and confusion. About the album, Jackson says: “MAGIC MAN is the ultimate form of oneself, having traversed various peaks and valleys of life to arrive at the most authentic version. Everyone is capable of becoming their own form of MAGIC MAN.”.
MAGIC MAN opens with pre-released singles’Blow‘ and ‘Cruel‘.
Learn more about ‘Blow’ and ‘Cruel’.
The new single’Blue‘ is soft and has a quiet and soft atmosphere compared to the previous two versions. The song has smooth groves and a muted effect, bringing out Jackson’s vocals and catching listeners’ attention, making the song more personal and intimate. In the lyrics, Jackson explores the emotions of “feeling blue”, being stressed and lonely. Ultimately, Jackson knows he can find solace in “you,” “When the waters run dry / I know I can always pick you up / You’re the only one that picks me up / When I’m so blue / Can you feel it too?”.
The emotions and thoughts Jackson pours into the lyrics find visual representation in the music video for ‘Blue’. In the video, Jackson floats and immerses himself — and us — in what could be his dream. Jackson is plummeting from dark, dark skies, through flames and ending in a pool of water. The minimalist – but excellent – cinematography and color scheme match the lyrics and the sweet sound of the single. The music video for the single ‘Blue’ is directed by Jenna Marsh (Dua Lipa, Lauv).
MAGIC MAN also features the sultry ‘Champagne Cool’, a song with a sultry bass and groovy beat; lyrics about fame are drowned in confidence.
With ‘Go Ghost’, Jackson tries his hand at a somewhat new sound with modern R&B with guitar and neo-rock accents. “Drive Like You Stole It” continues the sound of the previous track and contains Jackson’s soft raps and falsetto. The falsetto is featured on the track ‘Come Alive’; the song retains an alt-rock sound while blending in some of the sounds explored in earlier tracks.
“Just Like Magic” begins with an ethereal reverberation of Jackson’s voice chanting almost like a mantra, “It’s just like magic.” The sound starts with a mid-tempo pop then explodes with a rock-pop guitar in the chorus. “All The Way” opens with distorted guitar that transitions into a more powerful alt rock sound with a heavy riff that repeats throughout the track. “Dopamine” sees Jackson return to the uplifting and elegant R&B sound he’s explored over the years in particular, on the Lost & Found mixtape.
Jackson Wang is sure to consider MAGIC MAN already a successful outing. As of this writing, the album has reached number 1 on the iTunes Top Albums chart in 30 countries, including Argentina, Hong Kong, India, and Singapore. The single “Blue” topped the iTunes Top Songs charts in 17 countries.
Like a magician, with MAGIC MAN Jackson Wang has shown he has many new tricks up his sleeve. We can’t wait to see what other magical musical number Jackson shows us.