AOTY 2021

Mercurial World

Magdalena Bay - Mercurial World
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Based on 9 reviews
2021 Ratings: #445 / 682
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Based on 967 ratings
2021 Ratings: #19
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Mica Tenenbaum and Matthew Lewin’s fuzzy, rococo synthpop confections have a magic power: They sound like whatever you grew up with, whenever that was.
The Needle Drop

Even while the duo’s finding a distinct sound, Mercurial World serves bop after bop.


On their debut full-length album, 2021's frothy and addictive Mercurial World, Los Angeles duo Magdalena Bay smash all of their varied synth pop, disco, and electronica influences into a big, sparkly blender and pour out one dazzling pop smoothie after another.


On Mercurial World, Magdalena Bay weave disco, EDM, vaporwave, and video game music into a dense world of escapist charms and an inescapable structure.

Northern Transmissions

Magdalena Bay’s debut album is an unpredictable jumble of all things happy, sad, frustrating and baffling, nicely packaged up in a little bubble.

Beats Per Minute

A careful collection of pop tracks that threaten, but never quite, reach a boil.


Mercurial World rejects the ironic chintz and hyper pop-lite aggression of so many of their web-obsessed DIY contemporaries, cultivating a grounding opulence instead. Massive drums, glittering synths and dense strings land like jewels scattered across a velvet bedspread.

The Guardian

The LA duo’s debut offers sultry grooves and wraithlike vocals alongside a mix of sweetness and distortion.


Although Magdelrium World are adept at layering synthesised LA gloss over shrewdly imagined popgressions, this all too frequently feels like a smokescreen for underwhelming vocals, dull hooks and an almost suspicious absence of personality.

Mercurial World reacts like a real fairy tale, it is a colorful, mysterious, wonderful and incredibly seductive adventure. There's no doubt that this debut album can compete for a top spot this year.

I saw the future when I listened to Mercurial World and I am completely reassured. It's been a few years now that the world of pop music is changing in order to make the genre evolve towards new paths and finally it's almost mandatory to think that it will be done by Electronic. I want to prove ... read more
'Mercurial World' is an album crafted by minds that understand exactly how synthpop functions. The cadence of the songs goes beyond expectations, like they were made using every single aspect commonly known about the genre, the experimentation doesn't stay too far ahead, the use of guitars are always different but so are a lot of other instruments. The transitions are quite incredible, like seriously.... it took me places. It's a record that brings enthusiasm, emotions, intensity, reflections, ... read more
Get in, loser; we’re going to Mercurial World!

Prior to hearing the singles to this album, I wrongly assumed Magdalena Bay was just another throwaway pop group. However, I still decided to give them a chance with the track “Chaeri”, and it honestly blew me away! It didn’t do anything groundbreaking or new, but it’s execution felt so lively and grandiose that I could care less. The band continued to lure me into the hype with each new single being consistently ... read more
Absolutely amazing. Without any prior experience with Magdalena Bay, their definitive sound presents itself in self-effacing enchantment right from the opening title track. The experience truly lives up to the album name - 1. volatile in styles, playfully hopping from sound to sound, drenched in synth and nifty rhythms. 2. sprightly, full of congenial energy delivered from an alluring character. It's one of those albums which gives great joy to both easy and dedicated listening - You couldn't ... read more

i am now addicted to the drug that is Mercurial World.

the transitions are also crazy good.

this album is sexy.
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Added on: June 30, 2021