CD Review: Here We Go Magic — Pigeons; Playing The EARL, August 6 and Black Cat, August 8

CD Review: Here We Go Magic — Pigeons; Playing The EARL, August 6 and Black Cat, August 8

Here We Go Magic

Pigeons

Secretly Canadian

By David Courtright

I saw Here We Go Magic at The EARL around this time last year. I had listened to a few of their songs on MySpace, and though none of them hooked me into a mad dash for the box office, it was good – it was agreeable to listen to. While the show was fun, the songs went on an average of five minutes too long, and turned what were tidy hooks and segues on their first album into drawn-out, over-acted jams. It felt like the band was playing only for themselves – which sometimes is just what you want from a band. Perhaps the immediacy of internet music culture and our attention-deficit culture pushed me to wish for a “next” button. What I came away with from that show is essentially the same way I feel about this album: that the songwriting is solid, the hooks are memorable, but just when you want it all to shift up a notch, it fades and dissolves; or adversely, draws itself out just when it should fade away. What I really adore about the new album Pigeons though is exactly that restraint: it listlessly coaxes you through it, building slowly and backing down just before you want it to climax. As a whole, it evokes and inspires just what this kind of humid mid-June weather demands: languor. Read more about CD Review: Here We Go Magic — Pigeons; Playing The EARL, August 6 and Black Cat, August 8

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