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The Magician was one of the high points of the final 1993 album Circus (White/Reprise). The Rockfield sessions were something new for the band - a luxurious accommodation wing, full-time chef, oodles of state-of-the-art equipment, engineers, assistants, a huge budget and, most significantly, Freddie Mercury's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' grand piano. We like to think that there's a bit of Freddie somewhere on that record. And we like the rhythmic swampiness of The Magician.


from Through The One Last Door, released October 10, 2005

Recorded at Rockfield Studios, Wales. Mixed at Master Rock Studios London, engineered and mixed by Hugh Jones, assisted by Helen Woodward. Produced by Hugh Jones and NDW.

Russel Bradley - drums
David Bridie - strings, lyrics, vocals
Rowan McKinnon - bass, acoustic guitar
Helen Mountfort - electric cello
John Phillips - acoustic guitar
James Southall - congas, shakers
Inder 'Goldfinger' Matharu - ghatum


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Not Drowning, Waving Melbourne, Australia

NDW's music was haunting, evocative, brooding, sensuous and a million other words that excite people who type for a living. In record stores, you could usually find NDW filed under ambient or art-rock, ill-fitting labels if ever there were. Though they were often minimalist, they never made background music. Arty by comparison to other acts of the era, but they knocked out some glorious pop tunes. ... more

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