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Where’ve you been? High Places! May 27, 2008

Posted by reidmix in Album Reviews, Free MP3, Indie, Labels, Music, States Rights.
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After the crazy year in review wrap-up posts, I tend to drop off the face of the blog. Since then I’ve seen a few shows (Born Ruffians, Bon Iver), gone to a music festival in the Coachella desert, and have continued to find and listen to great music.
High Places
Despite my Last.fm stats, one band in particular has captured my focus: High Places. I discovered them on the incredibly cool States Rights Record‘s Grown Zone / Groan Zone compilation. Thankfully, eMusic has (exclusively) released a set of songs scattered across 7″s and compilations on 03/07 – 09/07, named after the span of time in which the songs were collected.

Their MySpace blog describes themselves as “Hawaiian / Hardcore / Chinese pop”. Mmm’okay, I can buy that. Well, I might be a little late to the announcement but I wanted to replay my eMusic review:

A perfect Triangle between “Stars on ESP” era His Name is Alive and “Trail of the Lonesome Pine” Godzuki — Erika Hoffman I’m talking about you; Lucky Dragons’ “Widows”; and possibly but not definitely Animal Collective “Sung Tongs”. If you like any of that, ignore the rest of the low-grade reviews. They are addictive and hard to stop listening to.

Their lyrics are wonderfully catchy: don’t let their straightforwardness fool you into being simple or plain. They are far from it. And they are best heard with the organic-y, electronic-y music in by which they are supported:

And one more from Stereogum‘s Björk compilation Enjoyed: A Tribute to Björk’s Post:



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