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Pigeons [CD]

Here We Go Magic Audio CD
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Here We Go Magic spent the better part of 2011 putting together "A Different Ship" with producer Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Beck). The resulting album is sunny and spacious, with "How Do I Know" as its molten core. With its instantly hummable refrain, the song builds layer by layer from a simple guitar-vocals-drums combo into a swirling symphony of glorious noise.

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  • Audio CD (7 Jun 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • ASIN: B003HFFVC2
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,067 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Hibernation 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Collector 5:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Casual 5:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Surprise 5:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Bottom Feeder 3:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Moon 4:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Old World United 3:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. F.F.A.P. 4:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Land of Feelings 4:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Vegetable or Native 3:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Herbie I Love You, Now I Know 2:480.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Redraw those best music of 2010 lists because Pigeons, the second album from Here We Go Magic, will be alighting somewhere near the top of them. Their self-titled debut was one of 2009's nicer surprises, more distinctive than bandleader Luke Temple's previous work under his own name, and Pigeons builds emphatically on that success. It's at once a work of larger ambition and greater focus than its predecessor, beginning brilliantly and continuing in the same manner for its entire length.

While Temple played every instrument on all but one of the tracks on Here We Go Magic, the fact that Pigeons is the work of a five-piece band is clearly discernible. Gone is the 4-track, field recording atmosphere of the first album, its mussed figures replaced with sharper, more penetrating lines. Rather than sterilising the sound, however, this clarity means that when these chamber pop pieces extend themselves into raga-like jams, as they often do, the shift from brevity and precision into longer, freer forms is all the more powerful, like a pinpoint of light widening into an enveloping ball of blinding heat.

There's a spirit of ecstatic celebration moving through Pigeons, a building wave at the centre of each of each song that often seems more than it can bear. Witness the frantic organ pop of Old World United, constantly fighting a losing battle with chaotic elements that threaten its derailment, the paradoxically languid psychedelic thrash that ends Surprise, and the orgiastic climax of Collector's thrillingly avid Krautrock ride.

But while much of Pigeons transfigures indie-pop into Dionysian ritual, the unavoidable serotonin debt is paid by F.F.A.P., Land of Feeling and Bottom Feeder, which all circle around intimations of psychological turbulence and dissatisfaction. Meanwhile, the breezy strum of Casual, one of the album's best songs, belies the pain it houses. "It's casual, not heartbreaking," Temple sings in his fragile alto croon, his delivery betraying the line's pungent irony.

Fragments of other bands can be glimpsed. Opener Hibernation is one of the better, funkier songs that The Sea and Cake never wrote, F.F.A.P. carries echoes of Grandaddy at their most affectingly maudlin, and the introduction of Surprise could be by Grizzly Bear before Temple and co. take it down a path that's theirs alone. And that, really, is the crowning pleasure of Pigeons: the sound of a smart, talented band carving out their own uncommon, enchanting space. --Chris Power

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot Droppings 20 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
Here We Go Magic are a Brooklyn-based band, an expansion
by all accounts of front-man Luke Temple's previous more
insular solo pursuits. The new edition features Michael Bloch
on guitar, Kristina Lieberson on keyboards, Jennifer Turner
on bass guitar and Peter Hale behind the drum kit.

'Pigeons' is as mad as a box of frogs (I mean this in the
kindest way!) It is an explosion of wonderfully wayward
musical ideas. It refuses to settle down to be any one kind
of thing in particular and this is its greatest strength.

The melodies are lovely, the vocal harmonies rich and warm,
the beats beguilingly undemonstrative one moment ('Casual') and
infectiously fidgety the next (the splendidly manic 'Collector').

Mr Temple doesn't have the strongest voice on the planet but it
really doesn't matter a jot. It serves the music well enough.
Methinks he may be a bit of a hippie at heart. The ambience of
many of the compositions suggest the gentle movement of a
multi-coloured kaftan and the scent of patchouli oil wafting by on
a summer breeze. The dream-like flow of opening track 'Hibernation'
is a particularly fine example of reimagined psychedelia.
'Moon', too, evokes a highly distictive sonic landscape, this time
with a somewhat harder edge and a more anxious and elusive melody.

'One World United' is a hoot! It's a seaside postcard of a song.
Brash and bouncy and made for flinging oneself around to mindlessly.
'Vegetable Or Native' is pretty silly too. Its clickety-clackety
rhythmic motif underpins a curiously surreal half-heard roundelay.
It comes out of nowhere and ends up somewhere equally uncertain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars These bands keep popping up... 29 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
Somewhere in the backwoods of the USA. a mad professor has perfected a way of blending the finest elements of the country's rich musical history to create new and wonderful bands. This lot sounds like someone locked The Byrds, Talking Heads and Fleet Foxes in an Appalachian shack and sprayed them all with LSD until this fabulous, woozy, dreamy and taut LP appeared.

Hope that gives some indication of the wonders within.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I only really liked... 15 April 2013
By Camilla
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I heard 'It's Casual' and loved it. Unfortunatly for me the rest of the album didn't really shape up. There are a couple of other tracks that stand out but overall not as good as i expected, which is a shame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Transportive Tapestry Of Sound 12 Jun 2012
By John W. Evans - Published on
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I knew nothing about this band until a few weeks ago, as all I had heard were a few samples of their songs. Then I saw them at the Sasquatch Festival in May of 2012 and found their show to be jaw-dropping.

Their songs are relaxing, meditative and mind-expanding within a sort of dream-pop/shoegaze/psych/rock framework. Many of the album tracks sound sort of aimless at first, and I find myself thinking "Where is this going?"... this is how the band sounds in concert, too.

But in nearly every case, after a couple minutes into the song something hits me and I realize my mind is in a different space. Intricate keyboard textures, spindly guitar lines that are mathy at times, and sounds and motifs that overlap and interweave all combine to create a transportive tapestry. This music is good medicine.

It's like "Here We Go" when the song starts, and then pretty soon it's "Magic".

Nearly every song is like a mini-journey, and each little destination is a mind-opener. My favorite tracks on "Pigeons" are the ones most like this, which for me are "Collector", "Casual", "Moon" and "Land Of Feelings"... although every song on the disc is full of little hidden treasures.

As I saw the band perform, I had to pester people around me who seemed to know the band's works about what songs were from what CD. The most mesmerizing live song for me was "Collector", which was utterly fantastic on stage. Once I found out that song was on "Pigeons", I got a copy of the CD immediately. And being this amazed by "Pigeons", I have a feeling I'll be acquiring all the other Here We Go Magic CDs very soon.

I am a musician, and this is the kind of music I can only dream of making.

If you like artfully-crafted and mind-expanding music that is danceable in many cases, check out Here We Go Magic's "Pigeons". Once you do, you will understand the band name!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really like this band 25 Aug 2011
By Zancudo - Published on
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I really like this band! To me it sounds a little bit like very well produced 70s/80s music: think Pink Floyd meets the Carpenters maybe.
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