The elastic pop songs of Here We Go Magic are like a musical approximate to the kinetic, carefully balanced mobiles of sculptor Alexander Calder. There is an immediate weightlessness and elegance to the movement of the pieces that belie the delicate, toiling construction at play, the everything in it's right place of the design, the undeniable dedication to craft, the elbow grease, just how fussed over these pieces most certainly are. And more simply, like Calder's mobiles, the songs seem to float just above us, in a space that feels just out of our terrestrial reach. And though HWGM's new album Be Small finds the band taking a, well, smaller approach to production and finding more intimate soundscapes -- from the live, expansive sound of 2012's A Different Ship, produced by Radiohead's 6th man Nigel Godrich, to Be Small's direct-to-board home-recorded album -- it hosts no less acrobatics of musicianship and a singular sonic ambition. 

WATCH // Here We Go Magic Live at Off the Avenue, Put it All on the Line with a Game of Foosball

Here We Go Magic are in the midst of their European tour, finishing up an incredibly successful year in support of A Different Ship. Consequence of Sound share a bit of a gem; they recently got Here We Go Magic in the studio for one of their Off the Avenue sessions. Watch them perform “A Different Ship,” “I Believe in Action” and “Make Up Your Mind” above!

The fun does not stop there! The fine folks behind Les inRocks lured Luke and Pete into a fine game of foosball and then sat them down for a chat to learn exactly how these two became interested in music. The video ends with a live performance at Paris’s Divan Du Monde for the festival. Catch up with one-half of HWGM – watch the video HERE.

Here We Go Magic spend the remainder of this week at the best of the UK’s stadiums, playing in support of Elbow. You will find all their dates HERE.

WATCH // New Video for Here We Go Magic’s “Hard To Be Close”

Premiering today at Stereogum, the new Here We Go Magic video is the most recent work to come our way from long-time HWGM collaborators, filmmakers Nat Livingston Johnson & Gregory Mitnick of Peking. It’s for the single “Hard To Be Close,” off HWGM’s A Different Ship. Starring Chuck Stern of NYC Public Access show Roboshithead, the video follows three dudes (and their emotional rollercoaster) through a millenia of being stuck in an elevator. Enjoy above.

Here We Go Magic head back out on tour later this month with a free (with RSVP) show at Brooklyn Bowl. After a few dates on the East Coast, they’ll head to the Midwest for Midpoint Music Festival and to also tour with Andrew Bird. See all dates below.

09/18/12 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
09/20/12 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East w/ Vetiver, Habibi
09/22/12 – Buffalo, NY – The Buck
09/23/12 – Toronto, ON – Garrison w/ Cousins
09/25/12 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
09/26/12 – Madison, WI – Overture Center*
09/27/12 – Cincinnati, OH – Midpoint Music Festival
09/29/12 – Lexington, KY – Singletary Center for the Arts*
09/30/12 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre*
10/01/12 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel*
10/02/12 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre*
10/03/12 – Raleigh, NC – Kings Royale Barcade
10/04/12 – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre *
10/05/12 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre*
10/06/12 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall*
10/08/12 – Miami Beach, FL – Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater*
10/09/12 – Tampa, FL – Straz Center for the Performing Arts*
10/10/12 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues Orlando*
10/12/12 – Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston*
10/14/12 – Mexico City, MX – Corona Capital Music Festival
10/26/12 – Big Sur, CA – Fernwood Resort, Fernwood Tavern – Communion in the Redwoods
10/30/12 – London, UK – Dingwalls
11/01/12 – Tourcoing, FR – Le Grand Mix
11/03/12 – Nantes, FR – Soy Festival @ Le Chateau des ducs de Bretagne
11/04/12 – Toulouse, FR – Le Connexion Cafe
11/05/12 – Bordeaux, FR – I Boat
11/06/12 – Paris, FR – Festival Les Inrocks @ La Trianon
11/07/12 – Strasbourg, FR – Festival Musique Volantes @ Le Hall des Chars
11/08/12 – Metz, FR – Festival Musiques Volantes @ Les Trinitaires
11/10/12 – Zurich, CH – Viadukt
11/11/12 – Munich, DE – 59:1
11/12/12 – Berlin, DE – Comet Club
11/14/12 – Cologne, DE – Werkstatt
11/15/12 – Antwerp, DE – Arenbergschouwburg
11/16/12 – The Hague, NL – Crossing Border

* = Andrew Bird

WATCH: Here We Go Magic Perform for WNYE’s The Alternate Side, Plus Gorgeous Photos of the Band Live in Paris

Currently on a brief break from touring, Here We Go Magic made some time to stop in at WNYE for a live session on The Alternate Side. Luke, Michael and Pete are joined by new members of their touring band, Eliot Krimsky and Brian Bettancourt, for a four-song performance of tracks you’ll recognize from their latest release, A Different Ship. Watch “I Believe In Action” above and head to TAS for more videos and an interview with the band, which also airs this Friday, August 24 on 91.5 WNYE at 11 a.m. EDT.

It’s such a treat for a SC artist to play Paris, as we can always count on photographer Helene Peruzzaro to provide the best live photos. She caught Here We Go Magic at their Le Trabendo show earlier this year. You’ll find the gorgeous photos at Hartzine.

Here We Go Magic head back out on the road in September for US dates supporting Andrew Bird. They will then head back to Europe for shows throughout November. Dates and ticket links HERE.

Here We Go Magic Announce Tour Dates with Andrew Bird

Here We Go Magic at Ebisu Hall, Tokyo

If you didn’t get the chance to see Here We Go Magic the first time around, here is your chance! Not only are they heading back to Europe, they’ll also venture to Australia. Upon returning to the States, HWGM will join Andrew Bird for a number of dates in the fall and finally end their journey in Mexico City at Corona Fest. It’s all in support of their critically acclaimed album, A Different Ship, released in May of this year. You can stream “Make Up Your Mind” HERE. Then watch the Sean Pecknold-directed video for “How Do I Know” HERE.

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