Album review: Here We Go Magic – ‘Here We Go Magic’

Album review: Here We Go Magic - 'Here We Go Magic'


Strange beauty from Brooklyn

The advance buzz about Luke Temple’s first record as Here We Go Magic suggested the Brooklyn-based songwriter could be about to do a Grizzly Bear, but his latest project is a far more introspective beast. Burbling electronica and layers of weirdness underpin the likes of ‘Nat’s Alien’ and ‘Ghost List’, rendering them more as slow-burning mood pieces than songs. That’s not to say Temple doesn’t know his way around a chorus. ‘Only Pieces’ is what we hope the next Yeasayer record sounds like, while ‘Fangela’ is the sort of soaring sunshine pop Animal Collective would make if they stripped back those crazy FX a bit. ‘Everything’s Big’, meanwhile, sounds like Wild Beasts fronted by Antony Hegarty – which, needless to say, is a good thing.

Rob Webb

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