Tōth "Practice Magic and Seek Professional Help When Necessary (Northern Spy)"
Tōth, the new projects from Alex Toth of Rubblebucket and Alexander F came about after he broke his foot during an Alexander F performance. Locked away in his apartment mending that broken foot, along with his broken heart (he and his Rubblebucket partner had recently broken up as well) he started writing the stripped down acoustic songs that make up Practice Magic and Seek Professional Help When Necessary (Northern Spy). The songs are lush but sparse, with occasional trumpet solos from Alex, who is a jazz trumpeter by training. If the Beach Boys wrote a stripped-down break-up record, the results wouldn’t be too off from this. Check out the absolutely lovely “Song To Make You Fall In Love With Me.”