A very cosmic Internet moment today, gorillavsbear's post on "Tunnelvision" refreshed onto my Google Reader while I was listening to that song. Cosmic, and a little frightening. I feel like someone is watching me or monitoring my playlists. Oh wait, that would be my Last.fm.
Since the leakage of Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavillion, it's been really hard for me to want to listen to anything else. I spent about two and half days exclusively listening to that album. While Animal Collective's new album is continuing to blow my mind, I've decided to listen to some other things that I've acquired in the last week or so. When I was checking out a message board for MPP updates, I saw a post that read something like, "Here We Go Magic: For fans of Animal Collective and Deerhunter." With a title like that, I couldn't resist finding out more about Here We Go Magic. So, while I was flying back to New York today, I dedicated some listening time to the album.
Based out of Brooklyn (aka the center of the indie universe), Here We Go Magic is Luke Temple, a singer-songwriter who recorded a debut album by himself. While the description of a singer-songwriter holing himself up to record an album probably conjures up an image of Bon Iver, Temple is not your average (recorded) one-man show. Although he uses synths and etc., I find that his music has a rather organic quality, especially in "Tunnelvision" and "Fangela." What really surprised me about the album was that the other tracks were not stylistic copycats of "Tunnelvision." Another favorite of mine, "I Just Want to See You Underwater" is a stunning minimalist track with simple looped synths and vocals that create a warm sound with a depth that you would not expect from the sum of its parts. Here We Go Magic is definitely not a one-trick pony, and you should check out the entire album when it is released.
Here We Go Magic's self-titled debut album will be released on February 17.
I missed them at the Bell House last month, but I'm sure there will be more shows in the future. Here We Go Magic will be opening for Department of Eagles on January 19 at Bowery Ballroom. Yay!
Tunnelvision - Here We Go Magic
Fangela - Here We Go Magic