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5.0 out of 5 stars What do you get when you cross a bassoon performance major and a lithography teacher?, November 6, 2008
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David M. Madden "nonnon/dj_webern" (salt lake, utah United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: High Places (Audio CD)
What do you get when you cross a bassoon performance major and a lithography teacher? That isn't a joke - that's the duo Mary Pearson and Rob Barber aka High Places, a pair whose seemingly disparate influences yield a very interesting result of melodic lyricism and blotchy, coloring-outside-the-lines collage work. Pearson's vocals, offering subject matter that often reads as childlike and nursery rhyme-esque, meet a barrage of panned hand drums and kitchen sink percussion, murky samples (the soaring counter-melody from Kate Bush's "Woman's Work" is cleverly integrated into the broke-down drum `n' bass of "From Stardust to Sentience"), island-meets-hip-hop dubby rhythms (i.e. steel drums, marimba) and delayed psychedelics, a perfect compliment to keep the record away from saccharine sweetness. "Fun" is not always the most positive descriptive, but that's what goes through your head during these ten tracks; they must have been as enjoyable to make as they are to listen to.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ....... brilliant., September 30, 2008
This review is from: High Places (Audio CD)
Perhaps the most beautiful piece I've played this much since Panda Bear's "Person Pitch", Brooklyn's High Places' debut is a soft spoken, ambient, optimistic, miracle of an album. Full of layered sound-scapes and child-like innocence (best suited for headphones or ear-buds), the duo have a aesthetic essence about them; in fact, it wouldn't be too far off to categorize the music as "other/spiritual". On the self titled full-length, the band further exposes their unique brand of eclectic brilliance. Tracks like "Gold Coin" and "Vision's The First..." are upbeat and light, while beautiful sleepers like "From Stardust To Sentence", "Papaya Year", and "Golden" are down right intoxicating (in a good way). All together the album is in awesome standing; boasting only 10 tracks. Once you've listened to the last one, you'll be ready to hear the first one again....... and again....... and yeah, even again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of 2008, September 29, 2008
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SDK (Denver, CO) - See all my reviews
This review is from: High Places (Audio CD)
High Places recorded this entire album at home. The quality, warmth and integrity that went into this gem exceeded all my exceptions track after track. There's something to be said about a band that can create a such a new sound, a new new voice for the scene. It's not just the originality but the honestness and sense of self that lets this duo shine. High Places gets better the more you listen to it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars VegNews on High Places by High Places, March 30, 2010
This review is from: High Places (MP3 Music)
For those who need a real mental vacation, the eclectic, ambient sound of High Places' first full-length album will whisk you far from the humdrum of the day-to-day. An interesting mix of styles, the festive sound that vegans Mary Pearson and Robert Barber create would be the perfect travel companion for exploring new, if not high, places. Continuing the travel theme, the duo posts regularly, and pictorially, about their touring adventures on their blog, hellohighplaces.blogspot.com. Whether touring vicariously with them or taking the music along on your own adventure, this is not a debut to miss.
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