Here We Go Magic: “How Do I Know”
At the heart of Here We Go Magic’s sound is tension. The Brooklyn group started out as a solo project for Luke Temple, who would hole up in his bedroom and build his songs on a four-track recorder, one loop at a time. That original source of tension came from all the ideas swimming around. Temple put them all on tape, resulting in the messy brilliance of Here We Go Magic’s 2009 self-titled debut.
But as the project has morphed into a band–and a critically-acclaimed one at that–the tension has started to change as well. At the 2010 Glastonbury Festival, the four-piece Here We Go Magic spent a sleepless night before an early-afternoon set in the blazing heat. The crowd was small–attendees were still waking up–but two onlookers seemed to be thoroughly enjoying the music in the front row. These two turned out to be Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich, Radiohead’s singer and producer, respectively, and Godrich asked to produce Here We Go Magic’s next effort.
Even with a superstar producer behind the boards, the group still had to fight. The members spent a few months broke and cold, writing the album together during one of New York’s harshest winters on record. And with Godrich in their camp, they had to contend with a new voice in the band. Amidst all this tension, Here We Go Magic put forth their best effort, and it shows on the new release.
A Different Ship, the group’s third album, builds on the sound they have perfected over three years of touring and recording. Nearly all their songs show a commitment to the “jam.” The members let the music unfold organically, and a song like “How Do I Know” only needs two chords and a dreamy-yet-robust atmosphere (courtesy of Godrich) to get its point across. The track (and the album) doesn’t see a release until May 8, but you get a sneak-peak today as our song of the day.