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Bottom Feeder
Old World United
Land of Feeling
Vegetable or Native
Herbie I Love You, Now I Know
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 47:43

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Jayson Greene


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Here We Go Magic, Pigeons
Label: Secretly Canadian / SC Dist.

"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.… read more »

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I agree....


...with the previous reviewer. I loved the lead single 'Collector' so was really looking forward to getting this album. Upon hearing it, though, I was a bit disappointed, so didn't really give it many listens. But I returned to it a few weeks later and it almost sounded like a completely different album. I now love it! Definite slow-burner. Give it a chance!

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Grew on me


Didn't like it at first and put it aside, but when I gave it a second chance weeks later it's really grown on me. "Casual" is gorgeous.

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Lush and Charming


I actually liked this album quite a bit. I guess I found it more accessible than the first. The songs are, for the most part, gentle and upbeat, with lots of different layers of music to dive into. My favs are definitely #2, #3, #5, and #7 :)

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if you liked the first half of the first album


you will like some but not all of this album. I'm not feeling the afrobeat nod of the first track, but most of the rest are solid. You can hate my pick'n'choose attitude, but these make a smoother flow to my ears: 2/3/5/6/9/10/11.

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give it time to grow


I obsessively played HWG's first album. I saw their show twice in Austin at SXSW. They are fantastic live. Pigeons, well I didn't like instantaneously. After many more listens, I can say it has many layers of sounds to dive into. It is a marvelous sonic journey. I love it & recommend it.

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I liked the first record . . . but to this I say


meh . . .

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Here We Go Magic made waves in early 2009 with an eponymous debut that was the one-man home recording project of indie folker Luke Temple; a curious, sonically hazy album essentially divided between sketchy ambient noise instrumentals and simple, tuneful, loosely tribal-feeling folk-pop nuggets. A little more than a year later, HWGM is now a full-fledged five-piece band with extensive touring behind them and a deal with big-league indie Secretly Canadian, but while their follow-up effort, Pigeons, varies from its predecessor in plenty of ways, the band’s musical approach remains puzzlingly, if not unpleasantly, undefined. The most substantial through-line from the first album is one of sound, which remains dirty, dreamy, psychedelic, and swirling – produced and recorded by the band in a house in the Catskills, Pigeons offers no substantial increase in recording fidelity, which turns out to be a good thing. More surprisingly, this album essentially jettisons both of the primary stylistic modes explored on the debut: the white-noise instrumentals are gone (and scarcely missed) but, with a few exceptions, so are the ambiguously ethnic, gentle world-pop vibes and much of the mantra-like melodic minimalism that contributed so much to the first album’s appeal. Opener “Hibernation” floats fragmentary vocals atop a dense, stuttering Afro-beat lope, while the final two tracks, the circular chant “Vegetable or Native” and wordless, herky-jerky “Herbie I Love You,” are built on layers of skeletal, intriguingly polyrhythmic percussion – but that’s about the extent of this album’s global grooving. The eight intervening tracks form a motley, unfocused assemblage of eclectic indie pop, sometimes with a worked-up rhythmic drive — the jaunty single “Collector” and the submerged-feeling “Moon” suggest either the mechanistic intensity of Krautrock or, less charitably, tepidly frenetic, warmed-over post-punk — sometimes more ethereally floating. “Bottom Feeder” is vaguely countryish, making fine use of Temple’s thin, overstrained pipes (shades of Neil Young reediness), while the curiously carnivalistic “Old World United,” definitely the oddest thing on here, recalls the debut’s old-timey waltz “Everything’s Big.” There’s nothing particularly wrong with any of this, but despite this expanded stylistic and instrumental palette (and some notably lush, lovely vocal harmonies), it’s hard to escape the sense that this album is, ironically, even more of an indulgently dabbling affair than its home four-tracked predecessor, which at least had an appealing simplicity and directness of approach. In the words of this album’s prettiest tune: “it’s casual, not mindshaking.” And that’s just OK. – K. Ross Hoffman

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