I’ll throw away the candle…

Some illicit fumblings with a couple of portable disk drives over the summer and an esteemed colleague, meant that I acquired a whole bunch of swell recordings, some of which I’ve still not really investigated properly.

One of these was the Animal Collective record, Merriweather Post Pavilion, that people were going on about last year. I’ve tried, really I have but it still remains something of a closed book to me, just can’t find a way in…

Invariably, when I try to devote a bit of concerted effort to a “difficult” recording, my butterfly nature takes over and I end up clicking on something else. And I find myself hearing “Vegetable or Native” on Last FM.

Here We Go Magic

Wow! Light. Breezy. Easy on the ear, effortlessly produced, not terribly serious! Just what this punter ordered really.

Here We Go Magic are based in Brooklyn and are essentially, songwriter Luke Temple and a bunch of friends brought into animate the sounds of his expansive imagination. I’ve just bought his second major album, Pigeons, and it’s choc full of light, busy rhythms, frantic bass lines and dancing keyboard pieces – it reminds me a lot of some of the Of Montreal records.

The irony is that, having spent some time wading through the Pitchfork review of Merriweather Post Pavilion, it seems to me that a lot of the signature phrases applied to Animal Collective (“booming electro-pop”; “head in the clouds dreaminess”; “long wisps of West Coast harmony”;”harmonic development existing outside rigid formats” – a personal favourite), could just as well be applied to large parts of Pigeons.

Have a listen to them performing “Surprise” and “Collector” on KCRW radio (makes you glad to be alive). The whole set is available to listen to on the KCRW site.

“Collector” and “Casual” from the record are available from Secretly Canadian as free downloads, and the whole album’s available on the these days sadly diminished but still magnificent Emusic, here

[btw, I haven’t quite given up on Animal Collective and shall be renewing my MPP studies as soon as I can get Pigeons off the iPod…]

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