Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Collector” by Here We Go Magic from their 2010 album Pigeons on Secretly Canadian.
From Brooklyn, New York, Here We Go Magic are the creative offspring of former muralist Luke Temple, who assembled the five-piece band and recorded a self-titled debut that was released last year on Western Vinyl. Their follow-up album Pigeons is full of lulling, spaced-out dream pop. Some songs sound like they’re part of a slow-motion hallucination, others sound like experimental trips into outer space, and and all of them feature Temple’s high-pitched voice that sounds like it was made to sing lullabies.
It seems like the band used all of its allotted energy for their sophomore release on “Collector,” a burning, five-minute shooting star of energy through an album that otherwise feels like it’s suspended in zero gravity. While most Here We Go Magic songs don’t hesitate to take their time, “Collector” has an energetic urgency, rarely stopping to catch its breath and never drawing out a note longer than it needs to. Temple succinctly sings “I’ve got a mild fa-sci-na-tion,” quickly and carefully pronoucing every syllable of “fascination” before going on to playfully muse on collectors and the things they collect.
The song builds and bubbles with a repeating, twinkling guitar line that almost trips over itself, an electronic flourish here and there, and Temple’s high-pitched vocals. As the tempo builds and the pulsating drum and bass lines become more and more intense, the song feigns resolution several times, only to keep taking the energy a step higher and a bar further. The resolution we expect never comes, as the song ends abruptly and without warning. The only way this radiating force of energy was going to end, it seems, was to be snuffed out completely.
Here We Go Magic have been touring all summer and will be coming through the Northwest at the end of October. Unfortunately, according to their MySpace page anyway, it seems like they’ll be skipping over Seattle though, playing in Vancouver and then Portland before continuing into California. If it’s any consolation, here’s the video for “Collector”:
***Great news! According to the Showbox SoDo website, they’ll be opening for Dr. Dog on October 29th! You can enjoy the video anyway: