Pigeons - Here We Go Magic
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  • Summary: The second album for the rock quintet from Brooklyn, New York was produced and recorded by the band in just over four months.
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  1. Pigeons also finds Temple working well with others, the result being an inescapable momentum that begins with the unexpected funk of "Hibernation," one of the many songs that show an intimate understanding of Brian Enpo's Catalogue. [Spring 2010, p.63]
  2. Here We Go Magic have made a fantastic album that is at once inseparable from its Brooklyn beginnings and transcendental of its place in time and space.
  3. Like its predecessor, Pigeons is also delicate, but it does much more than shimmer and sound pretty. The rhythm section takes a huge step forward, the arrangements are more varied and robust, and there are countless actual hooks.
  4. Pigeons may not be the defining moment all the blog buzz hinted at, and Luke Temple may still have several rough patches to smooth out in his songwriting process, but with Here We Go Magic's subtly enchanting second record, it sure is fun to listen to him work out the kinks.
  5. This psychedelic folk pop-athon of tickled riffs, snappy elastic basslines, shimmering synths and sweetly sung vocals is all dreamy eccentricity, with a bittersweet hint of rhythmic unrest, from start to finish, and should send Hidden Cameras fans into an amorous tizz after just one listen.
  6. 70
    Unlike the first record, which relied on Temple alone to fill out the layers of the songs, Pigeons utilizes the full band, and improves because of it. The songs are better composed, and more interesting: the experimental bits, which were a bit of a distraction, are more focused and purposeful.
  7. Marked by inconsistent, not fully formed songwriting, Here We Go Magic's new tracks also make for an indecisive, if not bipolar, collection.

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  1. Sep 9, 2010
    9
    One of the best (and most underrated) albums of the year. Every composition is dense, beautiful, and intricate yet maintains a light playfulness that blows all this "chillwave" out of the water. I also saw them at bonnaroo, and every song became an awesome jam. Very excited to see what they do next. Collapse
  2. May 15, 2012
    8
    Every song on this album has so much energy with absolutely stunning musicianship. I can't believe how under the radar this album seems to be, really an extremely under rated album. Expand