High Places – High Places
Thrill Jockey, 2008
Acquired: Love Garden, New, 2008
I don't know why I felt the need to own this record on vinyl. I mean, it's a really good record and it's on beautiful marbled vinyl, but why I bought this seems to be a testament to my previously wasteful, wasteful ways. Sure, this record sounds beautiful on vinyl but I don't need it, and I certainly won't make a habit of listening to it. I think maybe it was the cover art that did me in. Sonically it reminds me of the Books...or a more lo-fi, ramshackle version of the Books, which is nice. Singer Mary Pearson's voice reminds me of a classic K Records girl-voice, and I think that's why I like High Places so much. Because essentially, beneath all the glitches and odd electronics, these are pop songs. Incredibly well written pop songs (“From Stardust to Sentience” is going to be a rare gem someone will dig up someday).