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High Places

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New York duo High Places makes music that is intimate and quirky. Using digital tools to create loops, samples and treated sounds, Mary Pearson and Robert Barber also use handheld percussion instruments, banjos, bells and guitars in creating their delightful aural treats. Water is frequently evoked, from the ebb and flow feel of their music to slightly surreal sounds (dripping, trickling rhythms) in songs like “You In Forty Years.” Veering between a sort of tropical vibe (are those steel drums in “The Tree With the Lights In It”?) to a more tribal one, peppered with wooden percussion instruments and treated kalimba ping-ponging gently around Mary Pearson’s sing-song voice, this duo is as fearless and playful as preschoolers who find delight in simple things. Why not use mixing bowls and plastic bags — alongside shakers and a 12-string guitar — to make music? “Vision’s The First…” bubbles with a sensual, Middle Eastern and African-influenced energy, while “From Stardust to Sentience” rattles and shakes like a benevolent serpent, dancing against a nighttime sky. This home-recorded, full-length debut (High Places: 03/07- 09/07 is a collection of singles) is startlingly fluid and expressive; perfect evening music after a long day.

Customer Reviews

Stardust to Sentience...

... is way too short. Seriously. Only 3:32 for that much greatness? Makes me sad.

Lovely album

It's a bit like a more naturalistic Animal Collective, harkening back to Sung Tongs, but a bit woozier and bubblier. It's nice to see a band like High Places make it off eMusic selects (No disrespect to inhouse labels) and get on a label where they can get some real exposure.

A very special band, an amazing album.

High Places are one of the best bands to have emerged in the last two years, every release is a real gem, and this is their debut album proper, at long last. While I would've easily recommend literally any song by them before, the songs on this album are even more amazing than what has proceded them. 'Namer' and 'Golden' have been live staples for some time, and are totally gorgeous. But 'From Stardust to Sentience' is the true show-stopper, such a stunning closing track, a really beautiful song. This is a band to cherish, they're a wonderful live act and something unique on record as well.

Biography

Formed: 2006 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

One of many boy/girl indie electro duos formed in 2006, Rob Barber and Mary Pearson of Brooklyn's High Places approach recording with creative abandon, experimenting with offbeat production techniques like random microphone positioning, pitch shifting, delays, and saturated blankets of reverb to create danceable layers of sound. Playful and peppy, their beats incorporate sparse and hypnotic tribal rhythms, with lyrics that incorporate unusually innocent topics like love letters to Martians and apologies...
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