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Brooklyn NY, United States (2006 – present)

High Places began as an experiment in collaboration: two people with diverse artistic backgrounds coming together to merge their skills, aesthetic tastes, and music-making approaches. Robert Barber grew up listening to punk and hardcore, and Mary Pearson studied bassoon performance, but both gravitated toward a DIY compositional style and a love of layers. It is the affinity for layering that has thus far defined the duo, both in ideas and instrumentation. High Places’ songs contain a fascinating range of aural layers: bells and bird calls over a wash of ocean waves; mallets hitting mixing bowls over treated guitar and glockenspiel; Mary’s reflective vocals over Rob’s homemade beats. The result is an imaginative and spacious amalgamation of sounds with a unique, almost Caribbean undertone that is as immediate as it is refreshing.

Since their inception in 2006 in Brooklyn, High Places have honed their “exquisite corpse” style of songwriting, exchanging ideas back and forth, challenging one another’s expectations, pushing both performance and songs to new places, or more aptly, new heights. With each single, from “Head Spins” to “Sandy Feat” from “Greeting the Light” to “Granola” the band has revealed more complex elements within their layers be it in vocal texture, delicate melodic sense, or in new dimensions to their ever inventive and propulsive percussion.

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  • XrustyXtoothX

    Every time I listen to these guys I just wanna eat fruit.

    3 Nov 11:14pm Reply
  • Seperat0r

    Why do people not like Original Colors? It's got that proto-dance structure to it, it's great.

    6 Aug 10:03pm Reply
  • XrustyXtoothX

    Makes me feel like I'm stumbling through a rainforest, so humid and lush. Excellent stuff indeed.

    8 Jun 11:50am Reply
  • lanoctem

    please make more music, yr one of my favorite bands

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • redhandedjill__

    bananuh sluhgs

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
  • DecibelQueen

    Cool sound :) They have no bandcamp???

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • nemxy

    They actually have a song called Altos Lugares

    12 Feb 2013 Reply
  • bgk90

    If describing their early sound could be translated into words it'd be called 'space-jungle'

    29 Jan 2013 Reply
  • damnkaede

    Banana slugs me lleva a la mierda <3

    30 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Seroz0r

    banana slugs. <3 drug music [2]

    28 Aug 2012 Reply
  • eusheush

    I REALLY HATE THE LAST ALBUM! miss that hazy, dreamy fun sound that they had on their first two albums[4].

    30 Jul 2012 Reply
  • diamantinas_

    ¿en qué andan estos chicos? yo soy bien forever high places-high places

    30 Jul 2012 Reply
  • AngelPop

    :megusta:

    15 Jul 2012 Reply
  • lambi1

    wha? They're in London again? argh! Can't go this time.

    31 May 2012 Reply
  • mrmocha

    It's selfish, but yeah I could have dealt with three or four albums in the spirit of 03/07-09/07.

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • bgk90

    Would it have been any better if they continued doing the same sound album after album?

    21 May 2012 Reply
  • roland_13

    year off <3

    3 May 2012 Reply
  • mrmocha

    Perhaps, but I wouldn't quit my day job if I were them.

    26 Apr 2012 Reply
  • itschinatown

    Or, they're making the music they want to make?

    25 Apr 2012 Reply
  • mrmocha

    You don't get 2.3 million plays with 7 day charts like the one above. It's not evident... it's glaringly apparent these two fucked up.

    25 Apr 2012 Reply
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