Here We Go Magic
After previously releasing two folk albums under his own name in the mid-2000s, Luke Temple released a self-titled album as Here We Go Magic in February 2009 on Western Vinyl, described by Pitchfork Media as "hazy electronic textures, endlessly-spiraling lyrical loops, occasional forays into extended sections of ambience and noise". Temple recorded the album at home on a 4-track recorder, describing the recording: "I just had one tom, one microphone, a synth and an acoustic guitar. I didn’t have a full drum kit or normal bass, it was just all synth stuff that I did myself." Temple has since expanded the project into a band with musicians Kristina Lieberson (keyboards), Michael Bloch (guitar), Jennifer Turner (bass guitar), and Peter Hale (drums), and they were signed by Secretly Canadian in September 2009. They toured in 2009 with Grizzly Bear and The Walkmen. – Wikipedia
Nothing better to start off a new year than a total surprise song and band that came out of nowhere to win you over!
Temple’s high, spiraling vocals and hazy instrumentation can be disorienting, but in a soft, satisfying way.
If it sounds like a field recording of a ca. 1971 Paul Simon acid trip, it's as much kismet as intent: Temple's vocals throughout the album are cast with a sense of boyish wonder that suggests Simon, but that's only because it's how a lot of young guys sound when they're confronting the enormity of the Big Questions.
...recalling some of the warmer, weirder bits of Cass McCombs' best work, and at times, as the Fader points out, Graceland (though not in an aping, Vampire Weekend-y kind of way).
Never has anything been more woozily pretty. Did anyone tell NPR about this song? This is every All Things Considered bumper. In a good way.
Luke Temple has one of the most beautiful voices in pop music.