Sunday, March 21, 2010

Here We Go Magic- "Tunnelvision" and "Collector"

For some reason, I never bothered checking out Here We Go Magic despite the buzz they got last year. Man, do I regret that. I recently downloaded their new single "Collector" from their forthcoming Pigeons, due out in June on Secretly Canadian, as well as the track "Tunnelvision" from their self-titled album from last year. The tracks are wildly different but both fantastic. "Collector" starts with an urgent bass line and then explodes into a rhythmically driven blend of dancing guitars and frantic vocals. The track lies somewhere between the psychedelia of the band's first album and simple, upbeat indie pop, reminiscent of bands like Eastern Youth, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Deerhoof, Ponytail, or Sunset Rubdown.

Besides the similar psychedelic elements the two tracks may share, "Tunnelvision" is on the opposite end of the spectrum. The track is a haunting mix of repetitive rhythms and chants, droning acoustic guitars, and high pitched croons. The most obvious similarity in sound is to Grizzly Bear's Yellow House, though the track's lo-fi feel and shimmering guitars call to mind Ariel Pink, Grouper and Animal Collective's Sung Tongs. Though both tracks are fantastic in their own way, I must say I prefer "Tunnelvision."

Keep your eyes and ears open for Here We Go Magic's second LP Pigeons and a possible write-up on their first album soon. Until then, enjoy streaming both tracks below.

Here We Go Magic- "Tunnelvision" from Here We Go Magic (via You Ain't No Picasso)
Here We Go Magic- "Collector" from Pigeons (via We All Want Someone To Shout For)
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