Prog mag review sept 17






From Shindig! Magazine. issue 68. June 2017

In a distant land – well, the idyllic hippy retreat of Totnes in Devon to be precise – Magic Bus continue drinking heartily at the cup of Gong, Caravan and the Canterbury pioneers, ably mixing nuanced touches of prog, jazz and space-rock into good natured tunes about mystical mountains, the morning sun, ancient woods and so on.

In an era where progressive rock literally can mean anything, ‘Phillip The Egg’ (their third album) airs the band as the natural successors to Daevid Allen’s Gong rather than the reinvigorated act trading on his name.  Instead of adding bright new colours to an old concept ‘Phillip The Egg’ is strictly 1970-74 with a wonderfully water-coloured period production.  Paul Evans’ wistful voice, fine guitar lines and Jay Darlington’s often startling keyboard rushes surprise and thrill.

Whether channelling the noted pot heads, Goblin’s symphonic swell or The Grateful Dead’s textural shifts, Magic Bus always thrill in their own ingenuity, song craft and upbeat cosmic vibes.  An album like this is really needed, and they have indeed truly delivered.

Jon ‘Mojo’ Mills


From The Progressive Aspect

Magic Bus have produced a very fine album in Phillip the Egg which takes their journey onward into a more expansive and exciting musical orbit. They continue to draw on and honour their inspirations and influences, but have developed their sound to liberate and more fully reflect their true energy and spirit.

Leo Trimming


Reviews from

Phillip the Egg’ is an outstanding album: brilliantly balanced, superbly recorded and musically rich. Put simply, it is the best album I have listened to in the last ten years and represents, for Magic Bus, a big step forward from their previous (excellent) albums.

Phil Dudman

An intoxicated blend of Canterbury-esque whimsy with West Coast hippy sensibilities, as well as tight jamming in the instrumental sections reminiscent of the overlap between Ozric Tentacles and You-era Gong. If that sounds like the sort of thing you’d enjoy, then you’re in luck, because that’s exactly what hatches out of this egg.




They are heirs of a typically British 60’s scene, reminiscent of bands such as Pentangle, Fairport Convention, and Incredible String Band, who united psychedelics and folk, looking at what was happening overseas, especially San Francisco Sound, with its evolution toward the prog of the Canterbury scene driven by Caravan and Soft Machine.

Magic Bus have been in business since 2010 and are on the third album that, like precedents, is a heavenly universe of dreamy atmospheres, bucolic sounds and restless jazzy fantasies in which get lost in sublime psychedelic emotions.

Rossana Morriei





From review of new album ‘Transmission from Sogmore’s garden’ in French webzine ‘’. Dec 14.

“This record is fresh, just enough retro and full of little delicacies which (for a little while) have restored my faith in existence and humanity.

Joy is free to those who really want to open their ears and accept and appreciate this flashback..which forges ahead!. Put ‘Transmission’ on your player, put flowers in your hair, enjoy the Cosmic rays and enjoy the 7 wonders (in fact there are 8 on this album). As for me i’m off for a walk in the forest..its forever summer! yipee!, yipee!,yipee!.”

Henri Vaugrand.


from 4 star review of new album in RECORD COLLECTOR .Dec 14 :

 ” Hippy – and delightfully so – it could easily be mistaken for an old Canterbury gem!”.

Jon (mojo) Mills.


Review of new album in Shindig 41 : ‘ A force to be reckoned with! ‘

‘Devon’s Magic Bus are back for another bout of their very own brand of tripped out psychedelic prog rock with the release of their second album ‘Transmission from Sogmore’s garden’ – And what an infectious force to be reckoned with they are becoming with it!.

With multi part suites and a few nods and tips of the hat to the likes of Caravan along the way. By the flute -infused finale, ‘Earthpod’, its become a blissful journey indeed.’

Dalthi Sabhaois.


Amazon reviews:  An absolute gem!’

‘This is the second album from a great band based in Totnes, Devon, who have managed to consolidate some of the great ideas and experimentation they delivered on their first album and produce, what for me is one of the greatest albums of the year.  Okay, so you can definately hear the heavy influence from Caravan, Soft Machine etc which is not a bad thing, but the band have a really modern day feel and the flute playing is wonderful.  Paul Evans clearly wears his influences on his sleeve but like all good artists he brings a new dynamic and creativity to his writing which for me makes this album one you have to listen to over and over again.  In this modern day when it’s so easy to skip tracks and only partly listen to an album due to its lack of direction this is one you sit back, turn it up, and dream of days walking the ridgeway, camping with your best mates and skinny dipping with an old girlfriend.  On first listen, a big smile appeared on my face and when track 8 kicks in at the end which is a truly beautiful, pastoral and blissful piece of music you know you’ve discovered an absolute gem.  Buy now and spread the word – enjoy.’



‘Wonderful second offering from Magic Bus’-

‘From the beautiful opener ‘Sunflower’ this picked me up on a warm summer breeze and carried me along with its infectious, intelligent and enchanting music.In a sane world this would be blasting from cd players across the land’.






‘Better than Caravan???’-

Anyone looking at this curious having read the Shindig review should certainly buy it. If you love ‘Golf girl’ era Caravan you will love this although Magic Bus are alot more than just a Caravan tribute. There songs are arguably better than some of caravan’s and certainly better than those on offer from a certain band in Kent trading heavily on its heritage at the moment. It did take me back to those dreamy halcyon days of the early to mid 70’s and its really heartning to hear a band in that spirit doing it just as well as the old bands. However once again this is not an album stuck in the past as i would say it also resonates with the present perfectly well. Great songs, great playing.

c.p chamberlain.


‘Awesome – its superb’



‘OK, the name indicates this is the latest release from renowned Dutch Who tribute act, but the ‘naive’ crayon-psychedelia cover gives the illusion that we have ourselves a bunch of tie-dyed, mushroom chomping Hawkwind devotees. You couldn’t be further from the truth with this, the first outing from Totnes, Devon-based six-piece Magic Bus, brainchild of singer/guitarist Paul Evans.

Magic Bus chews up and spits out Caravan’s first three long players in a confident and coherent fashion, smelting some furious super-fuzz lead guitar a la Maquina, with some nifty vintage keys (Hammond, Mellotron, you name it!) courtesy of ex-Kula Shaker/Oasis ivory botherer Jay Darlington. Production is warm and of the period, and Evans’ songs and arrangements flow nicely throughout. Reminds me of Mighty Baby’s First, Cressida, King Crimson and even Spontaneous Combustion but is suitably ‘grey and pink’ all over, without being contrived or clichéd. Move down the bus please and have your fares ready!’

Louis Comfort-Wiggett


“Magic bus is brilliant, its the sort of song i would hug so hard it’s bones would crumble..just lovely!”



“Magic bus is up terms of the year’s recorded highlights,quite frankly absolutely essential.”



“With the promise of mellowing 60′s tinkered tales of tomorrow,these kids truly are the fabled children of Aquarius!”