Release New Single “Fangela”
Self-Titled Debut Out Now On Western Vinyl
“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”.
“…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.
US Tour Dates
03/12 St. Louis, MO Off Broadway*
03/13 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen*
03/14 Rock Island, IL Daytrotter Session
03/14 Rock Island, IL Daytrotter Presents @ Huckleberry’s Pizza Parlor*
03/17 Dallas, TX Mountain House*
03/17 Dallas, TX – 6 PM INSTORE AT GOOD RECORDS
03/22 New Orleans, LA Marigny Theatre*
03/23 Atlanta, GA 529 Club**
03/24 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506**
03/25 Baltimore, MD Ottobar**
* w/ Callers
** w/ Titus Andronicus
3 PM: Austinist/Gothamist party @ Mohawk
with Akron/Family, Vetiver, Young Widows
1:45 PM: Gorilla vs. Bear day party @ The Peacock — 1:45 PM slot
w/ WAVVES, White Denim, Vivian Girls, The Golden Filter, Girls, Harlem, DJ Sober
1 AM: Western Vinyl Official Showcase @ Club 115 — 1AM slot
w/ J Tillman, Balmorhea
1 PM: Other Music show @ French Legation Museum
w/ Dent May, Blk Jks, Marnie Stern, WAVVES, These Are Powers, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
3 PM: Park The Van Records / Partisan Records / indie outlaw / The Knitting Factory Day Party @ Side Bar
w/ Deer Tick, The High Strung, Golden Boots, Wildbirds and Peacedrums, Themselves, The Subjects, and Generationals
US Tour With Grizzly Bear
Thu – 05.28 – New York, NY Town Hall
Fri – 05.29 – New York, NY Town Hall
Mon – 06.01 – Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Tue – 06.02 – Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre
Wed – 06.03 – Boston, MA Berklee Performance Center
Thu – 06.04 – Montréal, QC Le National
Fri – 06.05 – Toronto, ON Phoenix
Sun – 06.07 – Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
Mon – 06.08 – Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theatre
Tue – 06.09 – Bloomington, IN Buskirk – Chumley Theater
Thu – 06.11 – Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
Mon – 06.15 – Dallas, TX Granada Theater
Tue – 06.16 – Austin, TX The Parish
Fri – 06.19 – Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Sun – 06.21 – San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
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