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High Places [CD]

High Places Audio CD
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High Places is Rob Barber and Mary Pearson. The two create danceable pop music that is both artistic and refined. While very much involved in the music scene of New York and later migrating to Los Angeles, High Places has always been on its own unique musical path. The consistent dialog between the duo over the span of three albums is always through rhythmic and melodic ambient space. The two ... Read more in Amazon's High Places Store

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  • Audio CD (22 Sep 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Thrill Jockey
  • ASIN: B001CVCBD0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,018 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Storm
2. You In Forty Years
3. The Tree With The Lights In It
4. Vision's The First
5. Gold Coin
6. Papaya Yeah
7. Namer
8. Golden
9. A Field Guide
10. From Stardust To Sentience

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars vantage point 17 Dec 2008
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High Places are Rob Barber and vocalist Mary Pearson, an electronica duo from Brooklyn with plenty of buzz around them. Their name apparently comes from their love of...well, high places, like tall buildings and mountains, places from which you gain a wider perspective but given the dreamy, reverbed vocals and eclectic instrumentation on both this and their previously released singles collection, 03/07-09/07 , it could just as easily be a drug reference. When the pair met Barber was working in visual art and Pearson was completing a degree in bassoon performance. Yes, you did read that correctly. The range of sounds in their work is staggering, sometimes using folk instruments, layered vocals, sampled guitars and even household objects. The melding of traditional and modern and the general far-out nature of the lyrics, means that pop-folk-tronica is probably a better description of what they do, but just typing the phrase makes me shudder slightly. Their Myspace profile lists their influences as: Potassium, Vitamin C, B1, B6, B12, Fiber, Iron and Calcium, which doesn't really help either, does it?

03/07-09/07 is a collection of songs bursting with creative energy. The beats are syncopated and skittering all over the place, the eclectic instrumentation, sometimes cacophonous, has an almost tropical flavour to it and the vocals are reverbed and filtered through the gauze of cosmic spirituality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What do you get when you cross a bassoon performance major and a lithography teacher? 6 Nov 2008
By David M. Madden - Published on Amazon.com
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of 2008 30 Sep 2008
By SDK - Published on Amazon.com
Format: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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5.0 out of 5 stars ....... brilliant. 30 Sep 2008
By Marvin Carey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: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.
4.0 out of 5 stars VegNews on High Places by High Places 31 Mar 2010
By Cafe VegNews - Published on Amazon.com
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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