Here We Go Magic embark on 2010 UK tour
- Nicola Meighan
- 16 June 2010
Not since zeppelin-eyed sex-warlock Paul Daniels first vanquished the beautiful Debbie McGee has the term ‘magic’ been so closely allied with a hotbed of yearning, birdsong and fantasy. Here We Go Magic’s versatile disco-folk is passionate, hopeful and spellbinding.
The progeny of New York-via-Boston’s Luke Temple, Here We Go Magic first emerged as a kaleidoscopic alt.pop response to his earlier self-named solo folk confessionals – 2005’s Hold a Match for a Gasoline World and 2007’s Snowbeast – which were borne of, and honed at, NY anti-folk open mic nights in tow with Adam Green, Diane Cluck, Jeffrey Lewis et al.
Feeling an increasing affinity with the sounds, ideas and ideologies of Ariel Pink, Arthur Russell and Robert Wyatt, however, Temple began exploring more beat-driven, aurally complex song structures, and thus Here We Go Magic – now a five-piece – was born. Extensive tours with Grizzly Bear, Department of Eagles and The Walkmen, among others, followed.
While the eponymous debut album, a mesmeric bedroom four-track endeavour, was released on micro-imprint Western Vinyl early last year, Here We Go Magic’s new follow-up, Pigeons (and their first signed to US indie hothouse Secretly Canadian), is a more lavish, ensemble affair – and it’s all the better for it.
Krautrock, psych-jams, chill-wave, minimalist electro and downtime alt.country all play their part, but the band’s chromatic allure is best showcased on recent single (and album highlight) ‘Collector’ – which conjures the increasingly resonant Jon & Vangelis trying their hand at indie-pop. To paraphrase Daniels, you’ll like it a lot.
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