New High Places – “On Giving Up”

High Places’ second album High Places Vs. Mankind goes to a darker place than their 2008 self-titled debut (and the tracks you heard on 03/07-09/07). From “The Longest Shadows” to the closing meditation on death called “When It Comes,” it’s also their best, most complexly beautiful material to date. When we posted the eerie desert-scape video for “I Was Born,” I said the track felt especially personal with its introduction of Mary Pearson’s bassoon playing, Rob Barber’s guitar lines, and the less processed vocals and first person lyricism, etc. That song doesn’t show up on the new collection but it did hint at what you can expect here. Though High Places Vs. Mankind takes the duo’s sound to a more densely atmospheric place. The upbeat, late-night “On Giving Up” offers a good starting point re: the various shifts.

High Places – “On Giving Up” (MP3)
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High Places vs. Mankind is out 4/6 via Thrill Jockey. In the Spring they’re taking it to Mankind:

03/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
03/24 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
03/27 – Portland, OR @ Berbati’s Pan
03/28 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
03/30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
03/31 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
04/01 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Jr.
04/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
04/03 –  Chicago, IL @ Schubas
04/05 – Columbus, OH @ The Summit
04/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
04/16 – Madrid, Spain @ La Casa Encendida
04/17 – Barcelona, Spain @ LA2
04/18 – Valladolid, Spain @ Espacio Joven
04/20 – Paris, France @ Point Ephemere
04/22 – Milan, Italy @ Amigdala Theatre
04/23 – Pisa, Italy @ Fosfeni Festival (Citta Del Teatro)
04/24 – Dudingen, Switzerland @ Bad Bonn
04/25 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Bio Oko
04/26 – Zagreb, Croatia @ AT
04/27 – Graz, Austria @ Explosiv
04/28 – St. Gallen, Switzerland @ Grabenhalle
04/29 – Dijon, France @ Kill Your Pop Festival (Atheneum)
05/01 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
05/03 – Brighton, UK @ Freebutt
05/04 – London, UK @ Cargo
05/06 – Glasgow, UK @ Nice & Sleazy
05/07 – Sheffield, UK @ The Harley
05/08 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
05/10 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ De Nieuwe Anita
05/12 – Berlin, Germany @ Spex Festival
05/13 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Rust
05/14 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser
05/15 – Malmo, Sweden @ Debaser
05/20 – Lisbon, Portugal @ ZDB
05/21 – Porto, Portugal @ Plano B

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