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Those of you who follow Luke Temple are most likely aware that the Austin-based label Western Vinyl is set to release Temple’s new project/band Here We Go Magic’s debut LP next month (following J. Tillman’s excellent Vacilando Territory Blues). If you keep up with my Friday SIRIUS show, you know this has been in heavy rotation the past few weeks. Oh, and you’ll be hearing this a lot in the next couple of months, but do look for Temple and co. at SXSW in March.

Download:
MP3: Here We Go Magic :: Tunnelvison
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Pre-order: Here We Go Magic – S/T

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Last year, The Tallest Man On Earth’s debut full-length, Shallow Grave, made my short list of ’08s folk leaning releases. Like the debut S/T EP, Kristian Matsson’s finger-picking and plaintive vocals dictate the LP’s flow — alternately swerving between growl, yelp, and warble, not unlike a Swedish accent-inflected Donovan.

Download:
MP3: The Tallest Man On Earth :: I Won’t Be Found
MP3: The Tallest Man On Earth :: The Gardner
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Amazon: The Tallest Man On Earth – Shallow Grave

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Unrelated: Check out these vintage-y t-shirts (above) at Worn Free.

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9 Responses to “Here We Go Magic / The Tallest Man On Earth”

  1. Ironic that you posted about The Tallest Man On Earth, as I just downloaded that album onto my iPod yesterday.

    I have listened to massive quantities of Here We Go Magic (being the music fan I am). Here We Go Magic masterfully combines elements of indie rock with electronica and ambient music, and the result is stellar. The hype surrounding Here We Go Magic is justified, and their debut album will be revered as the best debut of 2009 (hopefully). My rating – 9.5/10. It’s hard to achieve perfection, but Here We Go Magic’s self-titled debut nearly redefines the concept of it. An unlikely combination of genres is executed masterfully. If only Merriweather Post Pavillion could have been like this (I finally have the whole album, and will give it a listen)…

  2. And about the tallest man on Earth…

    I have not listened to their album yet. I have heard comparisons on both ends of the spectrum, from Donovan to Bob Dylan (an insult to neither).

    Thanks for the vintage t-shirt link. Pretty awesome stuff there.

  3. TMOE’s Shallow Grave is a fantastic record. I was fortunate enough to catch him open for Bon Iver in Dec, and it was great. He’s the real deal. Definitely recommended listening.

  4. this is going to be one of those albums that everyone talks about this year

  5. Tallest Man on Earth comes from near where I live in Sweden. I saw him for the first time this summer and I was toally mesmerized. I videod part of his performance that evening and posted it in my blog http://tinyurl.com/dndusd I have seen him perform four times since this summer and I am convinced he is bound for great things.

  6. After listening to The Tallest Man on Earth, I see the comparisons to Dylan and Donovan. The Dylan influences are strongest in the melodies that evoke what Dylan would sound like if he started his career in the 21st century. Vocally, the lead singer has a gorgeous, irreproachable fusion of Dylan and Donovan’s vocals. Shallow Grave is outstanding in every way, and was definitely one of the most underrated albums of 2008.

  7. this crap insists upon itself. that is all…

  8. “I have listened to massive quantities of Here We Go Magic (being the music fan I am). Here We Go Magic masterfully combines elements of indie rock with electronica and ambient music, and the result is stellar. The hype surrounding Here We Go Magic is justified, and their debut album will be revered as the best debut of 2009 (hopefully).”

    I couldn’t agree more about this band and hope they make the trek over to Los Angeles asap.

  9. I stumbled upon Tallest Man on Earth at a gig in Canberra, Australia last year and, like Marie Linder, was mesmerized. He’s got a great stage presence, intense and direct like the early ’60s Johnny Cash, leaning into the audience and never missing a beat on that fingerpicking train. I immediately bought the album and EP and they’ve been on high rotation. Now for the difficult second album…

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