Here We Go Magic – A Different Ship

A surprising and well crafted gem from the Brooklyn indie group.

Released: 07/05/2012 on Secretly Canadian

I've been very lucky so far in the albums I’ve had to review for UnderSong, and this one is no different. When reviewing an album you tend to look for bands to compare to, after all you may not have heard anything by them so there needs to be a familiar point of reference. I'm struggling to pin down who these guys sound like; it feels familiar yet at the same time completely different to anything else I’ve heard.

‘Make Up Your Mind’ sees them create something akin to a theme tune to a 70's detective show – in a good way. And ‘I Believe In Action’ sounds like the episode of The Mighty Boosh where they tell the story of the two musicians looking for their New Sound. Yet despite these random references it's coherent, well produced and above all very listenable.

The first few seconds of ‘Hard To Be Close’ did have me worried if I'm honest, the clanking noises as an intro and the vocal treatment just didn't work for me. However it is well worth getting past those first 40 seconds, as once you do the track never looks back. This is my first encounter with Here We Go Magic and it hasn't been off my stereo all week.

Anyone out there looking for a way to get their mate who plays keyboards into their band without going all 80s and disappearing in a puff of retro/hipster bollocks would do well to look at these guys. A Different Ship is their second full length album as a full band, but shows no signs of being a difficult one. The pace is pitched just right and even the parts that veer dangerously close to prog-rock are done with charm.

Get this album, go to one of their gigs and I don't think you will be disappointed. The only thing I am sad about is that I can't get Tubedubber to work and see if my idea about ‘Alone But Moving’ fitting perfectly over the Beastie Boys’ ‘Sabotage’ video would work.

Turn On: Nope, can't do it - just get the whole album!

Turn Off: Made To Be Old

UnderSong Rating
8.5/10 ★★★★★★★★½☆