"As a work of strict “indie-pop” Ship does its job fairly well and is well worth a listen. Beyond that though, it stands as a minor stopping point in a larger journey..."
In 2009 Here We Go Magic released Pigeons into the world to relatively widespread acclaim. (Pitchfork gave it a 7.5 at the time…re-issue will probably get a 13!!!!!) Fueled by a freak folk sense of urgency and what sounds like an army of bargain basement Casios, Luke Temple fashioned an odd collection of “pop” snippets that were pretty, but for the most part weightless. There’s a shabby charm to the record – driven mainly by Luke Temple’s glorious tenor/falsetto – and while chock full of potential, the record never quite gets there. On A Different Ship, Here We Go Magic hasn’t solved that problem, but they’ve most certainly done their best to try.