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High Places

High Places is poised to release its third long-player Original Colors in October on Thrill Jockey. The album's ten tracks 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, Original Colors 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 is Rob Barber and Mary Pearson. Throughout its nearly five years of existence, the band has 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, 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.

High Places has plans to tour this Fall; stay tuned for more info. Until then, you can catch the band at one of their summer show dates.

High Places

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Latest News

High Places remix a YACHT cover of Brigitte Fontaine with The Art Ensemble of Chicago. Watch it here.
High Places made this gorgeous new video for "The Pull"
"Original Colors spies a new piece of the spectrum blending familiar melody with new ideas in a promise of greatness." - Popmatters
Keith Musil directs and this new High Places video for "Sonora" featuring a cameo from Angus Andrew and a whole lot of blood.
"Original Colors undeniably represents the ambient-pop outfit's most rhythmic recording to date. Not only is it possible to dance to most of these tracks, at times one would be hard-pressed to avoid shaking a tail feather or two." - Prefix
Busy Gangnes (Telepathe) choreographed and performs in High Places video for "Sophia"
Drowned in Sound sits down with High Places, check out the interview and go deep with HP.
They’ve invention enough to outlast most of the chillwave players. -BBC on High Places Read the article here!
High Places performed live on KEXP Seattle/KEXP.org last week, and you can now stream the session online.
Lots of photos of Mary playing the bassoon from High places Guggenheim Museum show in New York City here!
Watch High Places perform at Super 45 and Industria Cultural in Santiago, Chile here!
Watch High Places perfoming live at Market Hotel in Bushwick, featured on Pitchfork.tv
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