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. 

Here We Go Magic Perform “Alone But Moving” at Resident Records

Bowlegs Music, who recently gave A Different Ship an 8.5, calling it“a superbly refreshing album – musically exciting and lyrically rich, it’s a brilliant exploration of self-perception and its occasional mismatch in time,” shares a wonderfully intimate video of Here We Go Magic at their Resident Records in-store. Perched on the checkout counter with guitars in hand, the gang perform “Alone But Moving,” off their newly released album, A Different Ship, which you can purchase HERE. It’s quite a special performance. Watch above.

Want more video of Here We Go Magic performing live? Of course you do! Watch them perform “How Do I Know” and “Make Up Your Mind” for Bandstand Busking!

Love for A Different Ship

“It’s really nice to hear an album that grows on you, and makes you want it to by the fact that you feel you haven’t got all it has to offer on your first go with it.” – Bark Music

“At times full of nervous vigour, at others letting itself fall blindly backwards into honeyed daydream, A Different Ship has a life and character all of its own.” – Drowned In Sound

“The track’s limitless replay value is indicative of the album as a whole, and with new details revealed with each subsequent listen A Different Ship is another exciting chapter in the story of a band who continue to improve with every release.” – The Quietus

Here We Go Magic Pick Up a Hitchhiking John Waters? Yes.

While driving along Route 70 in Ohio today, Here We Go Magic passed a hitchhiker who just happened to be THE John Waters. Hitchhiking is not a rare event for Waters, who in a recent interview said, “I do still hitchhike – it’s a great way to meet people, and to have sex. I’ve hitchhiked in Baltimore, Provincetown, San Francisco – what, people don’t hitchhike in Australia?” The band is currently making their way towards Bloomington, Indiana for a show at The Bishop tonight. Perhaps Waters will join? Guess you’ll have to be there to find out!

Release Day: Here We Go Magic’s “A Different Ship” Out Now!

Here We Go Magic’s A Different Ship is officially out today! You can purchase your copy online from SC Distribution and still get the blue vinyl, pick up a copy at your local record store or grab one from the band themselves at one of their upcoming shows. See all their tour dates HERE. Listen to “How Do I Know” and “Make Up Your Mind,” both from the new album, below and head over to The A.V. Club to stream the album in its entirety.

Did you happen to see the Sean Pecknold-directed video for HWGM’s “How Do I Know”? Watch it now, why don’t yah? It features a dancing robot.

Love for A Different Ship

“With A Different Ship, Here We Go Magic has clearly and undeniably arrived at the port of entry to indie rock’s pantheon of top shelf acts – an utterly shattering release that anyone who likes forward-thinking music must have.” PopMatters

“Here We Go Magic loves the way a pattern promises the stability and control that Mr. Temple’s lyrics are never sure of…The album discreetly shows off the band’s meticulous virtuosity; its patterns are played, not programmed.”The New York Times

“Played live these songs will metastasise into expansive jams, and will sound great when they do, but here and now they’re sharp, disciplined, and seriously compelling.”BBC

Here We Go Magic’s “A Different Ship” Available on CASSETTE

Mama mia pizzaria!

It used to be that you could purchase Here We Go Magic‘s new record, A Different Ship, on vinyl and CD. Mind you that vinyl is the limited-edition, beautiful, blue wax so many of you were pining for; however, all of this has changed. Tape lovers prepare yourselves. YOU CAN NOW PURCHASE A DIFFERENT SHIP ON CASSETTE. Better yet? They’re blue. Yes, the tapes are blue, but hurry to make your purchase. Only 500 copies are available. Get yours from our good friends at Joyful Noise.

Interested in the good ole CD and Vinyl? That’s great! You can still order yours HERE. The record is out next Tuesday, May 8th.


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