Be Small

Vinyl LP
The elastic pop songs of Here We Go Magic are like a musical approximate to the kinetic, carefully balanced mobiles of sculptor Alexander Calder. There is an immediate weightlessness and elegance to the movement of the pieces that belie the delicate, toiling construction at play, the everything in it's right place of the design, the undeniable dedication to craft, the elbow grease, just how fussed over these pieces most certainly are. And more simply, like Calder's mobiles, the songs seem to float just above us, in a space that feels just out of our terrestrial reach. And though HWGM's new album Be Small finds the band taking a, well, smaller approach to production and finding more intimate soundscapes — from the live, expansive sound of 2012's A Different Ship, produced by Radiohead's 6th man Nigel Godrich, to Be Small's direct-to-board home-recorded album — it hosts no less acrobatics of musicianship and a singular sonic ambition. 

Inspired by the massively under-appreciated Eno/Cale tune Spinning Away from their collaborative album Wrong Way Up (1990) and by Robert Wyatt's classic Heaps of Sheeps from Shleep (1997), HWGM's chief songwriter Luke Temple set out to create a collection of "overtly major and optimistic" songs without coming across as cloying. The robust 90s future pop sound of these odd fellow heavyweights fits Temple like a sequin glove. Over six years and, now, four albums, HWGM has always found its own, idiosyncratic path through fidgety prog-rock, bliss-pop and sound collage experimentations — always, always, always with a heavy focus on groove. You can hear how these songs likely began as Temple's bedroom folk riffs, but where they ultimately end up — here with the help of longtime HWGM collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Michael Bloch, as well as Austin Vaughn on drums — is near-transcendent and celestial.


1. Intro
2. Stella
3. Be Small
4. Falling
5. Candy Apple
6. Girl in the Early Morning
7. Tokyo London US Korea
8. Wishing Well
9. Ordinary Feeling
10. News
11. Dancing World