Both previous full-band Here We Go Magic albums (Pigeons, The January EP) proved themselves to be real growers, and this new Nigel Godrich-produced effort is no, well, different. A Different Ship refines their manic/mellow mix of modes with atmospheric textures that, as usual for this group, are always in service of the song, deservedly putting the most focus on Luke Temple's versatile and understated vocals.
"Bouncing back and forth between tight and wandering, A Different Ship gives the listener room to breathe and poke around in its ever-so-trippy and electronically-tinged indie-pop. Regardless of genre, founder and lead singer Luke Temple’s unnervingly soft and rambling vocals run like a meandering loose thread of indeterminate length throughout the album, tying it all together and keeping it from spinning too far out of control." - In Your Speakers
"A Different Ship feels as if it's built, both musically and lyrically, on a friction that arises from insecurity and contradiction. While it's a record that often leans heavily on its intricate polyrhythms, it is still, for all intents and purposes, a pop record. At times full of nervous vigour, at others letting itself fall blindly backwards into honeyed daydream, A Different Ship has a life and character all of its own." - Drowned In Sound