Review by Lindsey Craun.
After taking the stage at Coachella, Brooklyn-based indie group Here We Go Magic is now touring the country in support of their upcoming EP, The January, which will drop May 10. The EP is a collection of six songs written in an upstate New York farmhouse while developing their sophomore LP, Pigeons. Considering these songs didn’t quite make the cut for Pigeons, one can’t help but to regard them as leftovers thrown together in haste. While The January may not be the best work they’ve released, these tracks are certainly worth listening to.
The opening track, “Tulip,” kicks off with a strong start. A driving back beat is quickly joined by a multitude of voices, reverberation and an overall really catchy melody. This is one of those songs that’ll sneak its way into your head and stay there, which is likely due to the simple lyrics. Hours after I first heard his song, I caught myself still singing along. Though if I were to have a song stuck in my head, “Tulip” would be welcome.
It doesn’t take long to find out that lead singer Luke Temple possesses that falsetto-sounding high-pitched voice likened to that of Temper Trap’s Dougy Mandagi. His voice compliments the multi-instrumental soundscapes present in their music quite nicely. “Hands in the Sky” and “Song in Three,” though more subdued that the initial song, are both really pretty and almost soothing in a way.
That being said, in my opinion, the EP takes an unfortunate turn for the worse beginning with “Hollywood.” As the 2-minute songs came to a close, I found myself wondering what the intention of the song even was. An airy voice solemnly repeats “Hollywood” over some light guitar throughout the song, never reaching a climax, never changing pace, just boring. The next song, “Mirror Me” was disappointing as well. These two just didn’t seem to have as much substance as compared to the songs the precede them. “Backwards Time,” however, ends on a high note. This song evokes more of an ‘80s vibe than the others, while still giving off the indie vibe, which makes for a fun, interesting combination.
Listen to “Hands In The Sky” from The January below and download here: