In today’s New Music Monday, we alert you to the critically-acclaimed indie rock finery of Here We Go Magic.
The Brooklyn band — founded by NYC folk scene alum Luke Temple in 2009 — crafts baroque indie rock with heavy psychedelic, pop, krautrock, and even Plains country influences, resulting in an outcome equal parts hypnotic and melodic. Reviewer Adam Prendergast at Bowlegs raves about the band’s most recent album, released earlier this year:
A Different Ship is a superbly refreshing album – musically exciting and lyrically rich, it’s a brilliant exploration of self-perception and its occasional mismatch in time. Here We Go Magic impressively weave between different styles while not losing identity or steering too far from the rulebook. A well crafted journey that they have measured twice and cut once – an absolute triumph.
Sam Cleeve at Drowned in Sound sings similarly loud praises:
The songs on A Different Ship are like Russian dolls – continually shedding one layer of their groove to reveal a different version of the same thing. And while it’s a record that often leans heavily on its intricate polyrhythms, it is still, for all intents and purposes, a pop record… At times full of nervous vigour, at others letting itself fall blindly backwards into honeyed daydream, A Different Ship has a life and character all of its own.
Check out the charmingly odd videos for “How Do I Know” and “Alone but Moving” from A Different Ship, as well as “Tunnelvision” from their eponymous 2009 debut. What do you think, folks — are you into the sound of Here We Go Magic? Tell us!