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you are not a morning person (tape edition)

by Magana

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    A limited Beanie Tapes re-release of the album with two new tracks and a fold-out J-card with all the lyrics. Only 30 copies available. Shipping from the UK (US copies sold out). ✨

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The End 01:25
Who Am I 03:50
Iodine 04:12
Our TV 03:14
Stay A While 03:09
Before 02:14


👋 Hi. Ben from Beanie Tapes here, to tell you all about why we’re re-releasing this extraordinary album.

The story starts in 2016, when Magana released her glorious début Golden Tongue EP. GoldFlakePaint called it “expansive and breathlessly travelled” and we listened to the four tracks over and over, anxiously awaiting the next release. Years passed, and still we waited. Jeni Magaña was busy playing bass on tour with Mitski and Lady Lamb, which is a pretty good excuse for leaving us hanging...

But the shutdown of touring in 2020 finally gave her time to finish and release her first full-length album “you are not a morning person” – a heart-rending and slightly creepy collection of intimate, intricate songs that “might just be one of the finest albums you hear all year” (For The Rabbits). We listened to it obsessively for a few months and lamented the fact that there wasn’t a tape of it. There was only one way to solve that problem, so now we’re on a mission to reintroduce Magana to the world with a limited cassette edition of the album with two exclusive new tracks and brand new artwork.

The album itself is like a fictional memoir in reverse – it starts with an instrumental piece called “The End” then travels back in time over ten impeccably arranged vignettes. The narrator starts the album as a character plagued by dementia at the end of her life and ends up as a naïve child singing about a tragically simplistic and old-fashioned version of love. Magana has a voice that draws you in, and before you know it you’re in her world, a place that is (in her words) “creepy but also adorable and wholesome”.

The 2021 Beanie Tapes release includes two new tracks. “Before” is a woodwind-heavy instrumental piece that neatly rounds off the “life in reverse” album concept. Magana spent much of lockdown in a rabbit hole of synth exploration, and “Bird’s Poem” sees her taking her sound in a more electronic direction. Both tracks are included in the digital version, but the tape itself has an extended intro to Bird’s poem that makes it feel like a proper bonus track on a 90s CD. You’re going to love it. ✨


released September 3, 2021

Recorded at Galaxy Smith Studios
Engineered/mixed by Jonathan Smith
Jeni Magana gtr/vox/keys/clarinet/flute
Cassette Spence bass/gtr
Jonathan Smith drums/keys
Fraser Campbell clarinet/tenor sax
JJ Byars bari sax
Mastered by Jason Randall


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Moody-indie-synth rock from LA based Jeni Magana. New single "Afraid of Everybody" out July 25.

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