"It ripples with high-speed harp arpeggios that undulate like a centipede's legs in an unearthly electronic jungle. Magic indeed".
"Temple's delicately high-pitched voice-- situated him firmly in the realm of borderline-precious indie folkies like Sufjan Stevens and Danielson, Here We Go Magic works with a different form of alchemy. Four-tracked and supposedly cut in "a two-month period of stream-of-consciousness recording," the album filters Temple's psychedelic muse through a much more muted palette: hazy electronic textures, endlessly-spiraling lyrical loops, occasional forays into extended sections of ambience and noise".
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it's hard not to get lost in Here We Go Magic's guitars, which provide a steady pulse at the same time they drench the song in reverb and delay. By roughly the three-minute mark — around the time Temple sings, "Anything is possible" — "Tunnelvision" has become engrossing to the point of hypnosis. Which, given the band's name, makes a lot of sense.
"...His high-pitched voice recalls a young Graham Nash by way of Elliott Smith......has enough understated soul to give Conor Oberst a run for his money." – Rolling Stone
"Luke Temple has one of the most beautiful voices in pop music." – Sufjan Stevens
"Recalls Jeff Buckley's drama, M. Ward's atmospherics, and Feist's sense of play." – The Onion
"His voice alone is so damn good -- one of the prettiest voices in all of indie rock, hands down." – Ben Gibbard, Death Cab For Cutie
"a variety of romanticized and alienated imagery that's snatched straight from a time when squares were there to be looked at and made strange... Temple's various gifts amplify each other." – Pitchfork Media
"Mr. Temple isn't part of any particular school — not even that all-purpose new songwriters' catchall, freak-folk — and his private world is fascinating." – Jon Pareles, New York Times
To date, Luke Temple has been unconfined by genre. His full-length debut Hold a Match for a Gasoline World presented heartfelt folk tunes and expansive pop numbers filtered through a unique outsider perspective. Last year's follow-up Snowbeast was an avant statement full of interwoven light and dark imagery recorded entirely in his Brooklyn bedroom.
Developed over a two-month period of stream-of-consciousness recording in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Luke's self-titled debut under his new moniker Here We Go Magic is a remarkable departure from his signature singer-songwriter material. Luke recorded the album at home using analog synths, a cassette 4-track, and his trusty SM-57 mic, coloring the sound with warmth and creating textures you want to wrap yourself in.
The album opens with the trance-inducing polyrhythms and gorgeous multi-layered vocals of "Only Pieces. " What follows is an album oozing with sounds maternal and subconscious...like floating in amniotic fluid, ripe, hiccup-y and desperate to emerge. Many of the songs pulse with infectious afro-beat and kraut-rock influenced grooves, calling to mind classic albums like Remain in Light and Graceland. In contrast, the instrumental tracks conjure mystical introspective landscapes reminiscent of Popol Vuh's unforgettable ambience.
Despite the album's murky aquatic underpinnings it's hard to resist shakin what you got to ebullient blissed-out tracks like "Fangala" and "Tunnelvision." The album closes with "Everything's Big", a bleak commentary on weakness and fear birthed of opulence and gluttony. Luke's fragile tenor delivers this absurd carnival waltz with the fervor and abandon of a teetotaler under the influence, never breaking the spell of the album's mood of rejuvenation and release.
A note from Here We Go Magic:
We like the way the name sounds so we set it to music. Our own Luke made a beautiful record and we joined him to make something together. We are creating songs from melodies that can turn from gorgeous to challenging to a little scary and back again. Sounds are driven and shaped by, but hopefully never grounded by, rhythms that entrance before performing a somersault. It all seems silly on paper, but there are no dirty words: groovy, psychedelic, pretty etc… are all fair game.
It is our hope that we generate something generous and surprising, crafted but instinctive, even as it coalesces. So far it is a lovely ruckus.
Grizzly Bear Tour Dates
Fri - 06.12 - Atlanta GA - The Earl
Sat- 06.13 - Birmingham, AL – The Bottletree
Mon - 06.15 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
Tue - 06.16 - Austin, TX - The Parish
Thru - 06.18 - Tucson, AZ - The Rialto
Fri - 06.19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
Sat - 06.20 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour
Sun - 06.21 --San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Mon - 06.22 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Wed - 06.24 – Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
US Tour Dates
Thu - 06.25 - Seattle,WA - Chop Suey
Sun - 06.28 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
Tue - 06.30 - Indianapolis, IN – Radio Radio
Wed – 07.01 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox
Fri - 07.03 - New York NY - South Street Seaport