Here We Go Magic, ‘The January EP’ (Secretly Canadian)
This scruffy EP — six songs, 21 minutes, recorded live — by one-man-band-turned-mixed-gender-quintet Here We Go Magic weaves together more stylistic threads than would ordinarily be flattering. But leader Luke Temple’s constantly shifting sound maintains the momentum of last year’s agile Pigeons. The sonic intimacy suits the mysterious material: Temple’s ethereal tenor complements the band’s krautrock propulsion and interlocking post-punk guitar, at times suggesting Radiohead covering Yes. These roundabout jams groove like five people in one room, sweating in sync.