Here We Go Magic have their fourth album up and ready to go, and it finds them in a more positive mode / mood than ever! Be Small is full of tightly orchestrated pop songs with an ornate proggish twist. Eleven tracks on Secretly Canadian, released in standard formats and as coloured vinyl exclusive to independent shops.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 12 October 2015
There was one early EP by Here We Go Magic which I utterly loved but as they got bigger (both in terms of sales and sound) I lost interest. It seemed the charm of those early sketches was totally lost when they started making 'proper' albums. The lead track from this new LP is a case in point. 'Falling' starts off ok - it's kind of electro-pop and the vocals sound a bit like Queen but where you should have some kind of killer hook the band veer off into a strummy jam that goes precicely nowhere.
You can imagine them in the studio:
"So where do we go with this?"
"Me neither, lets just strum and sing any old shit over the top".
"Tokyo, US , Korea" is more interesting and is kind of evocative with lots of twiddly little guitars bouncing about the mix. I can't decide whether I should be offended by the vocals which sound like Jim Davidson impersonating a Japanese person. I suppose there's nothing wrong with impersonating other nations accents. Plenty of English bands sing in American. The loveliest track so far is 'Ordinary Feelings' which has a laid back Radar Brothers type feel. It's nice to hear Here We Go Magic go restrained again but they can't help but slather effects and fizzing synths over the chorus. When they 'pop' they pop like Arthur Russell. 'Stella' is a lovely breezy thing with bubbly synths and some pretty sweet mid '80's chord changes. The title track too has a smooth sweeping feel and harmonies that half remind me of Michael McDonald. It has a gorgeous tight feel.
I need to forget about the previous Here We Go Magic albums and just enjoy this for what it is. It might float over your head a bit at times but there are plenty moments that instil a weird kind of confidence in me that I might start to really enjoy this on further plays.
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