When we brought you High Places vs. Mankind’s “On Giving Up,” Brandon said their second album would yield “their best, most complexly beautiful material to date,” and a commenter said the duo had gone from cute to sexy. Even without the video, “The Longest Shadow” many-textured percussion and glassy, echoed vocals would be pretty sexy. But the High Places-directed clip has its own disconcerting suggestiveness about it. Here the camera directs its gaze on one or another body part (a foot, long blond hair), while the subject (High Places’ Mary Pearson) stays still. Sometimes that body part is draped across bedsheets or the floor. They grow up so fast, don’t they?
High Places vs. Mankind is out 4/6 via Thrill Jockey.