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"Here We Go Magic" isn't so much a band name as a four-word recording manifesto. Brooklyn folk singer Luke Temple released the first Here We Go Magic record in 2009 as a throw-everything-at-the-wall project, a place for him to work out his songwriting fetishes and to get lost in a happy maze of pedal loops and synth programming. Temple seemed to be freeing himself to try whatever he wanted to, with a minimum of means. In a pin-wheeling psychedelic number like "Only Pieces," you can almost hear him say, "What the hell, let's see if I can write and record an Animal Collective song all by myself." The record was a fun, often-fascinating tumble down the record-geek rabbit hole of Temple's mind.
Pigeons keeps the debut's try-anything spirit, but brings welcome new hands on deck. Here We Go Magic is now officially a five-piece band, and with this broader palette, Temple paints in wider, splashier strokes. "Collectors" lays down a pulsing krautrock drone and then deploys an army of fluttering Byrds-ian guitars to lift it skyward, Temple singing in a mincing, yipping croon that could pass for the Move's Roy Wood. The song, appropriately enough, is an ode to the… read more »