Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple has released 'Florida', the second single off his upcoming album, 'Good Mood Fool' now released 4th November in UK and Europe via Secretly Canadian., 'Florida' is a true story about a friend of Luke's whose father died and then later developed a cocaine problem. Temple says, "My friend was going through a tough time...I was feeling for her and wrote this song."
On the track, the molasses bass line and bongos form the foundation for Temple's soaring vocal and shimmery, multi-tracked chorus. Vintage synths - an Arp String Ensemble and Nord Wave - create a sax-like solo for the bridge. Temple's provocative first single, 'Katie', also explored 80s synth sounds and garnered praise from Stereogum and SPIN as well as this gem from Beautiful Buzz: "If Miami Vice and Weekend at Bernie's had a child, this album would be the perfect soundtrack for a documentary about that child's birth, which would probably be born to Molly Ringwald."
With Eliot Krimsky (Glass Ghost, Here We Go Magic), Temple has also released a cover of Curtis Mayfield's 'Suffer'. Born out of a part of Temple's live solo set, the cover was recorded by Temple and Krimsky in a matter of days. The gentle vocals and swaying bass line give the song's lament a dreamy feel. Temple says, "It's nice to remind - and in some cases introduce - an amazing song to people. Curtis makes your heart sing even if it's a song about regret."
For those at CMJ, Temple will also play a record release show at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City on 14th October to celebrate the album release. Following which, he will embark on an East Coast tour with his band which includes the aforementioned Krimsky, Mike Johnson (Dirty Projectors) and Brian Bentancourt. More news is to follow on UK and European shows.
In a sense, 'Good Mood Fool' is an extension of the first self-titled Here We Go Magic record, the experimental Brooklyn band which Luke is usually known for. 'Good Mood Fool' was recorded with the same sense of freedom and joy. 'Katie' is a prime slice of mid- 80s intelligent pop, almost 'So'-eraPeter Gabriel in its rhythms and sound. Meanwhile, 'Florida' is a blue-eyed soul hit, a lazy sunny evening of summer beauty. 'Good Mood Fool' draws from myriad influences, from the hushed soulful wail of Curtis Mayfield to the dense harmonies of Gil Evans and the Bulgarian Women's Choir. The record is a joyful thing, living and vivid and, Temple says, "the favorite thing I've made so far." Shaking off the last vestiges of, as he puts it, "indie-rock haze" it transcends its supposedly lo-fi source materials and gleams like a huge, expensive, fantastically ambitious pop record. It's something he can rightly be proud of - but of course, there is no resting on laurels to be done, and he hasn't stopped working.