aaamusic | On 16, Oct 2011
The new album Original Colors by High Places is due out on 7 November in the EU and here’s another track for you to listen to accompanied by a beautiful video directed by the band and danced and choreographed by Busy Gangnes: http://thrilljockey.com/vault/vimeo/High_Places-Sophia.html
High Places will be hitting the road at the end of the year and heading to Europe for an extensive tour.
The ten tracks on Original Colors are full of driving bass pulses, syncopated dance rhythms, and the binding force of Mary’s mezzo-soprano vocals. Recorded in the band’s home studios in Los Angeles, the album is dotted with sun-drenched references to Australia’s inimitable foliage, the expansive desert of Northern Mexico, and the crystal, blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Such allusions are presented over a bed of swirling stereo rhythms and infectious melodies. Each track possesses a unique texture and emotion that serve to create a variegated yet unified album of some of High Places’ finest work to date.
High Places are Rob Barber and Mary Pearson. Throughout their nearly five years of existence, the band have traveled extensively and performed in a multitude of environments. Whether performing at the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan or in an industrial warehouse in Santiago, Chile, High Places’ enveloping sound and propulsive energy allow the music to translate to a variety of venues. Visual art plays an important role in Mary and Rob’s collaboration. The two make video projections for their stage shows, keep a photo blog that documents their travels (http://hellohighplaces.blogspot.com), and create their own album artwork. In this way and others, Mary and Rob challenge the conventional parameters of a rock band and instead give us a multi-sensory aesthetic partnership that continually defies expectations.
Fri Nov 25 Barcelona, Spain Primavera Club
Sat Nov 26 Madrid, Spain Primavera Club
Tue Nov 29 London, UK Plan B
Wed Nov 30 Paris, France Batofar
Thu Dec 1 Kortrijk, Belgium De Kreun
Fri Dec 2 Koeln, Germany Week-End Festival
Sat Dec 3 Berlin, Germany HAU 2
Sun Dec 4 Prague, Czech Republic Meet Factory
Mon Dec 5 Vienna, Austria B72
Tue Dec 6 Muenchen, Germany Feierwerk
Wed Dec 7 Luzern, Switzerland Suedpol
Thu Dec 8 Yverdon, Switzerland Amalgame
Fri Dec 9 Torino, Italy Spazio 211
Sat Dec 10 Bologna, Italy Locomotiv
Sun Dec 11 Bourogne, France Generiq Festival
Tue Dec 13 Den Haag, Netherlands State-X New Forms Festival
Wed Dec 14 Amsterdam, Netherlands OT301
Fri Dec 16 Lisbon, Portugal ZDB
Sat Dec 17 Guimaraes, Portugal CCVF
NEW VIDEO FOR “SOPHIA”
High Places – Sophia from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.