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Magdalena Bay Want You to Imagine a Brand New You on ‘Image’

The track will appear on the avant-pop duo’s upcoming second LP, Imaginal Disk

The wonderfully strange pop duo Magdalena Bay are back with a new song, “Image,” from their upcoming album, Imaginal Disk, out Aug. 23 via Mom + Pop Music.

“Image” is a spaced-out dancefloor delight that gets at the inescapable (sometimes disconcerting) allure of self-reinvention. “But oh my god/Make me in your image/Ooh, so hot/Through a two-way mirror,” sings Mica Tenenbaum over production from Matt Lewin that pairs a propulsive disco beat with a cosmic array of glossy, sparkling synths (that take on a harder, speaker-rattling edge as the song progresses).

The track arrives with a video directed by Amanda Kramer, that finds Tenenbaum in a waiting room ahead of her appointment to receive a new “imaginal disk.” When it’s her turn, though, the appointment turns into a mid-90s computer graphics nightmare, with a devilish red creature chasing down Tenenbaum before finally getting her into an operating chair and looming over her with a comically large pair of scissors. 

“Close your eyes,” the band said in a statement. “Imagine a brand new, better you. Now wait 22 minutes. Now open your eyes. Meet your brand new image! Isn’t it amazing that the meat in our heads can do this?”

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“Image” follows the previously released Imaginal Disk song, “Death and Romance,” which dropped back in May. The upcoming album marks Magdalena Bay’s second LP, following their celebrated 2021 debut, Mercurial World

The band will embark on a North American tour in support of Imaginal Disk — aptly dubbed “The Imaginal Mystery Tour” — later this summer. The trek kicks off Sept. 3 at the Fillmore in San Francisco and wraps with two nights at the Fonda  Theatre in Los Angeles, Oct. 2 and 3. 

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