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 tracks, 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 “Hands In The Sky” by Here We Go Magic from the 2011 EP The January on Secretly Canadian.
The dreamy synth-pop of Here We Go Magic began as the solo project of Brooklyn muralist Luke Temple, who released a self-titled debut in 2009 before assembling a band and moving from Western Vinyl to Secretly Canadian for 2010’s sophomore release, Pigeons. Behind the strength of the stellar single “Collector,” Pigeons was a highly lauded release that saw Here We Go Magic go in a variety of different directions while at the same time retaining their comforting sense of spaciness that results from Temple’s soft, lullaby voice a profusion of floating synths and effects that sound like they were conceived in zero-gravity.
Dubbed a a “companion EP” to Pigeons, The January — released in May of this year — consists of six songs that were written during the same stint in the upstate New York farmhouse where the band wrote and recorded Pigeons. Today’s featured song, “Hands In The Sky,” is one of the stand-out tracks on The January, and while not as driven as “Collector,” is is one of the band’s more frenetically-paced songs. Though relatively energetic, it glides with Here We Go Magic’s typical weightlessness, highlighted by Temple’s airy vocals and a stunning instrumental breakdown as the song concludes.
As of now, Here We Go Magic are only scheduled to play a few dates overseas. For more tour info, visit the band’s MySpace page. While we’re waiting for them to come back through Seattle (they played at the Showbox SoDo with Dr. Dog last October), enjoy their video for “Collector”: