mp3 :: High Places > On Giving Up
Mary Pearson and Rob Barber are High Places. They look like this:
While I have posted about the duo numerous times, both here and on the old blogspot, they have never actually received their own individual post. Let’s start with the music. Their sound is all about layers. On the bottom are Rob’s dubbed-out beats and on top are Mary’s ethereal vocals. Inbetween are a myriad of sounds ranging from bells to bowls to nature sounds to smacked wooden blocks. I think I called their sound tweedub at one point. Listen…
Downloadable: From Stardust to Sentience (mp3)
Did I mention High Places have a new album? It is entitled High Places vs. Mankind, and it comes out on April 6 via the Thrill Jockey label. The following song showed up on the Forkcast last week and is the first taste of the new album. It seems some of the aforementioned layers have been stripped. This sounds much more like straight up dance music to me. Where is the extra weird percussion? Why are the vocals so loud? [end whining]. Listen…
Downloadable: On Giving Up (mp3)
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High Places have a Daytrotter session.
Thrill Jockey page is here.
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Mistletone page is here.
Insound page is here.
Amazon MP3 page is here.
eMusic page is here.
BONUS: Head Spins (Extended Version) (mp3)
Maybe not the direction you hoped for, fair enough, but are you saying you prefer them to repeat themselves? This song is no less atmospheric than the older stuff, but yet is much more progressed. Her vocals are way stronger than the past, and the production is tight as hell. Perhaps not as experimental (ie more mainstream) but as an artist, this sorta change and growth takes balls, and I for one REALLY like this song.
Don’t get me wrong, I like this song too. If I really didn’t like it, I would not post it.
Do I want them to JUST repeat themselves? Certainly not. I was just whining about the direction they are taking in this song.