As everyone knows, THE MAGUS was recorded in 1972 by a line-up with Sweeney (drums), Minns (oboe, recorders and hammond), Mike Marchant (electric guitar and vocals), Simon House (electric violin, VCS3 and piano), Dave Tomlin (bass and flute) and Ron Kort (percussion, doom piano). The late Mike Marchant composed the majority of tracks inspired by Tarots. Recorded just in five days, rejected by Island Records, the album was lost in the vaults, re-discovered and published for the first time in 2004 by English Angel Air thanks the late sound engineer Ron Kort.
New Horizon (music & lyrics by Dave Tomlin)
There are four significant verses in the lyrics of this song.
1) ‘We are standing on, our own horizon’.
This, the first line of the song although intriguing, is in fact nonsense.
For those whose English is a little weak, the horizon is the visible line between the earth and sky. Sometimes this can be quite near depending on the kind of landscape. At other times it can be at a great distance (while at sea for instance).
Nevertheless, to stand on one’s own horizon cannot be done and were it to be accomplished would require shifting to another dimension. However, the concept leads to another seeming impossibility which is revealed in the second verse.
2) ‘Paths that lead this way, by-pass yesterday’.
3) ‘It’s made more or less, out of nothingness but that doesn’t mean, it cannot be seen’.
The Phoenix (music and poem by Dave Tomlin)
|"Conference of the birds" (detail), from Attar Mantiq al-Tayr (1493)|