Luke Temple used to paint murals on very expensive walls in New York City. Painting is about layering on, and applying the right type of pressure, and Temple exploits that same skill set when making music. His first few solo records were banjo-heavy folk with an obvious Brooklyn bend. Those recordings were followed by his work in Here We Go Magic, a band that somehow fuses the pulsing brain of Radiohead with the playfulness of Vampire Weekend.
Just like a painter, Temple had a blank canvas to dirty up when creating Good Mood Fool. He dabbled in pop, mixed in moody indie rock, then smeared the entire project in a sugary falsetto that works in the most natural way. This record plays like a homage to Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye, without ever losing it’s new era edge. It’s either the soundtrack to an epic night, or the background noise for a series of questionable decisions. It’s nervous, fun, and getting a ton of spins around these parts. Enjoy.