28 June 2012
listen: a different ship
Brooklyn outfit Here We Go Magic produces exactly that in their latest album, A Different Ship.
Brooklyn’s best kept secret Here We Go Magic has really let the cat out of the bag with their third album A Different Ship. Beautifully produced by Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich – who is also a huge fan and unofficial sixth member – the album combines shimmering simplicity with deceptive depth to evolve into a serious statement of intent.
As tuneful and melodic take on 70s krautrock stalwarts Faust and Neu! is unlikely to exist anywhere, as instruments are layered upon instrument without ever competing or suffocating the other to create hypnotic miniature pop gems that tip toe into your consciousness and simply refuse to leave.
From the wonderful and insanely catchy ‘How Do I Know’ to the slower and more considered (yet still, er, insanely catchy) ‘Alone but Moving’ each and every song on the album is packed to the rafters sunshine kissed melodies and hooks.
The gentle reverb layered ‘Hard To Be Close’ rubs shoulders with kicking first single ‘Make Up Your Mind’ which is the great long lost funk classic from the other great band they can arguably be most directly traced to – Talking Heads circa Remain in Light.
By all accounts a superb live experience it’s easy to see how each of these tracks can (and do) grow lives of their own and tangent into epic and expansive jams.
Packed to the rafters with ideas, A Different Ship is a treasure trove of an album – you would be mad not to climb aboard for the ride.