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Getting words down on screen about High Places is a tricky old business. Intrigued I was after Meister Philthy waxed lyrical about them after seeing them as support at a Deerhunter gig. An oddball couple, boy/girl duo on Thrill Jockey, they immediately engage you with sing-song sassy lady vocals hovering over a wonked up soup of cascading, dislocated rhythms, almost like a disembodied caribbean ca ...

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High Places by High Places
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9/10 Brian Staff review, 18 September 2008
Getting words down on screen about High Places is a tricky old business. Intrigued I was after Meister Philthy waxed lyrical about them after seeing them as support at a Deerhunter gig. An oddball couple, boy/girl duo on Thrill Jockey, they immediately engage you with sing-song sassy lady vocals hovering over a wonked up soup of cascading, dislocated rhythms, almost like a disembodied caribbean carnival of jittery sound! There's a strange magic at work here. It's ghostly music, very tender, reminding me a little of Animal Collective's kaleidoscopic safari template but without the Beach Boys obsession. Fragments of manipulated, furiously edited samples collide, forming a glitchy mist of beautiful future music with Mary Pearson's playful lyrics swooping above the ever shifting organic template of complex layers below. I can definitely hear elements of Scape records natural minimal techno exploration here, as well as Wildbirds & Peacedrums' delicate, tribal primitivism. I feel like I'm by the sea with this album, the waves lapping whilst all the free nature around you envelopes your every sense! They're something quite delightful these kids and their debut is a treasure to behold! The self-titled album is CD only on Thrill Jockey.

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