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It shouldn't come as a surprise that Radiohead's Thom Yorke praised this group, considering singer Luke Temple shares an airy vocal delivery and a producer (Nigel Godrich) with him. The Brooklyn quintet goes for clean, deceptively complex instrumentation. This creates a slippery sound that's hard to categorize but plenty fun to pull apart. "Make Up Your Mind" shimmers with keyboards floating in and out of the mix and a supple rhythm that's just shy of world beat. "Alone but Moving" starts with simple, unadorned guitar chords before slowly expanding into a full stereo blowout. The kinetic energy adds a neurotic edge, while the musicians' versatility brings forth a restrained lushness. "I Believe in Action" spotlights fine harmonies. "Made to Be Old" rolls onward with touches of surf guitar and falsetto vocals. "How Do I Know" sprints ahead with a sound that resembles Face Dances–era Who. The influences are likely happy accidents, the result of talented musicians trying new things and tweaking the results. 


Formed: 2008 in New York, NY [Brooklyn]

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Here We Go Magic's creative center, singer/songwriter Luke Temple, first made his name as a muralist, and the Brooklyn band's music fully fits that pedigree. HWGM's ethereal collage of indie folk, baroque pop, and plains country (and whatever else strikes their fancy) lolls back with dizzyingly hypnotic vocals, generating the feel of a vast, splashed-on panorama. Originally from Boston, Temple bounced nomadically about the country before settling in New York City by the mid-2000s. While the bandmembers...
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