Here We Go Magic (album)

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Here We Go Magic
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Studio album by
GenreIndie rock, Indie folk, Ambient
LabelWestern Vinyl
ProducerLuke Temple
Here We Go Magic chronology
Here We Go Magic

Here We Go Magic is the eponymous 2009 debut album from Brooklyn-based indie rock band Here We Go Magic, recorded mostly by the band's lead singer Luke Temple.

Background and recording[edit]

The album was recorded by Temple at home on a 4-track recorder over a two-month period. Temple described the recording: "I just had one tom, one microphone, a synth and an acoustic guitar. I didn’t have a full drum kit or normal bass, it was just all synth stuff that I did myself."[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[3]
Drowned in Sound7/10[4]
Glide4/5 stars[5]
NME7/10 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media7.4/10[7]
Prefix Magazine6.5/10[8]
The Quietus(favourable)[9]
SPIN7/10 stars[10]
Under the Radar8/10[11]

Tim DiGravina, writing for AllMusic, gave the album a 3.5/5 rating, saying "There's a lot to admire in Here We Go Magic's dreamy, hazy melodies, and it's easy to get lost in the repetitive, minimalist guitar strumming that centers half of the tracks".[3] Brian Gearing of Glide, gave it a four-star rating, calling it "hypnotic from the opening notes to the closing silence", and stating that it "doesn’t just sound awesome; it compels you to listen".[5] The NME's Rob Webb was also impressed, giving the album 7/10.[6] Eric Harvey of Pitchfork Media described the album as "hazy electronic textures, endlessly-spiraling lyrical loops, occasional forays into extended sections of ambience and noise", giving the album 7.4 out of 10.[7] Alex Denney, writing for The Quietus, wrote "There isn't a duff moment on ...Magic exactly, but it's the opening salvo, with its lingering impression of small ideas stretched gauzily out, that really sings like firing synapses and leaves you wanting more".[9] Barry Walters of SPIN gave it 7/10, calling it "Magic indeed".[10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Only Pieces" (3:50)
  2. "Fangela" (5:32)
  3. "Ahab" (3:37)
  4. "Tunnelvision" (4:23)
  5. "Ghost List" (4:23)
  6. "I Just Want to See You Underwater" (4:49)
  7. "Babyohbaby - Ijustcantstanditanymore!" (2:07)
  8. "Nat's Alien" (4:27)
  9. "Everything's Big" (5:28)


  1. ^ "ATH Interviews: Here We Go Magic",, June 18, 2009, retrieved 2010-05-02
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  3. ^ a b DiGravina, Tim "Here We Go Magic Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-05-02
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  5. ^ a b Gearing, Brian (2009) "Here We Go Magic Here We Go Magic", Glide, February 27, 2009, retrieved 2010-05-02
  6. ^ a b Webb, Rob (2009) "Album review: Here We Go Magic - 'Here We Go Magic'", NME, June 23, 2009, retrieved 2010-05-02
  7. ^ a b Harvey, Eric (2009) "Here We Go Magic Here We Go Magic", Pitchfork Media, March 2, 2009, retrieved 2010-05-02
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  9. ^ a b Denney, Alex (2009) "Here We Go Magic Here We Go Magic", The Quietus, July 2, 2009, retrieved 2010-05-02
  10. ^ a b Walters, Barry (2009) "Here We Go Magic Here We Go Magic", SPIN, March 2009, p. 80, retrieved 2010-05-02
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