SOUNDS LIKE: After teaming up with Nigel Godrich, these guys have refined their sound
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: The nervous ticks and tacks of this song tag it at the #7 spot
Luke Temple and his band Here We Go Magic have been building to this exact moment. Since the release of their self-titled album in 2009, the band has shifted slowly from bedroom project of folk ditties and ambient smatterings to just fill up an album, to crafting simple yet complex pop songs rooted in the early 1980s era of college radio. With this year's phenomenal A Different Ship, the band teamed up with superfan of the band Nigel Godrich to commit to tape a collection of songs that are stripped away of all the layers they had their songs hiding behind on Pigeons to showcase all the talent this band has, talent that is never prevalent than on first single "Make Up Your Mind".
It starts with a simple, Krautrock beat as the song fades in. Multiple meloldies enter the scene as Temple's stream of consciousness lyrics swirl around. Together it's all going someplace, yet where? The tense moments the verses provide end up at a chorus smattered with keys and effects, leading to an extended outro of what sounds like a heart attack and an alien abduction taking place all at once. And right when you think it's about to get worse, the explosion in your chest or the alien probing your cavitiy, it all just cuts out, the scene goes black, and you'll just have to make up your own mind about what just happened. It's these tense moments that make this one of the best songs of 2012.