Goalposts EP

by Magpie Instinct

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"In the U.S., fans of late 80′s college radio (e.g., La’s, The Ocean Blue) will really love this EP, a fun and promising start for this upstart band."


"The ‘Goalposts EP’ is a fine example of indie guitar pop. It’s full of sweeping guitars, soaring vocals and thoughtful harmonies. The choruses are strong throughout and in places infectious.

These tracks clearly show that Magpie Instinct have a large bank of collective ideas and an ear for how a pop song should sound."



released February 29, 2012

All songs by Magpie Instinct

Recorded by Magpie Instinct and Llion Robertson

Mixed by Magpie Instinct and Llion Robertson

Mastered by Hugh Everett

Produced by Hugh Everett

Magpie Instinct are Tim Cox, Hugh Everett, Jon Ackland, Lois Weston and Kate Rogers.

Graphic Design by David White

Additional musical contributions on track 1+2 by Michael Graham



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Magpie Instinct Cardiff, UK

Magpie Instinct is the musical project of songwriting partnership, Tim Cox and Hugh Everett from Cardiff formed in the Autumn of 2011. Combining a love for guitar-pop melodies, catchy choruses and dreamily driven soundscapes with witty confessions of melancholy, spite and resentment to produce a triumphantly bittersweet sound. ... more

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Track Name: Goalposts
What am I waiting on?

I’m so tired of working things through in my head
How long can these things remain unsaid?

What am I paying off?

Am I paying some boys debt
who I’ve never known
I’ve never met
Because you’ve been paying some girl’s debt?
You worked so hard but you haven’t got there yet.

We’ve all got debts of our own
And we’ve all spent time on our own
With our horrors on show.

Maybe I have misunderstood
You know I’d pay
If only I could.

So why are you baying for blood?
Track Name: Rudiments
They’ve put you up
So I’ll pull you from the brink
You can hold my hand
But I won’t tell you what I think

There’s things you don’t need to hear
Like the strings I pull to get you near
They are synonymous
With my underhand sense of style

You are testament to all that is right
You are misery’s greatest blight!

Please don’t say
‘You don’t know.’
What’s going on?
Track Name: Truth Man
A truth becomes ‘the truth’
When a lie gets set in stone
‘The truth’ set me on the sandy land
So on this lie I built a home
Which you stand there and admire.

I never quite caught your eye
But now you search for mine.

I needed you
You needed me
Scrubbed from your memory.

We must live in love as freemen
Or see us die by suicide
If an obituary was needed
That’s a history I can write
Before all your friends and loved ones
Have me up against the wall

I needed you
You needed me
Scrubbed from your memory.

Ain’t never been a fool
Didn’t ever not believe
In the Truth Man telling a lie.

I needed you
You needed me
Scrubbed from your memory.