High Places: On Giving Up
Though I am pretty excited to hear High Places upcoming album High Places vs. Mankind (out April 6th on Thrill Jockey), what I have heard so far is good but not mind-blowing. “On Giving Up” was recently released as a single – and it seems to exhibit further development of the band’s minimalist dance style. The beats are maybe a little more sterile than say 2008’s self titled record, but for music that borderlines on ambient dub, it still retains a remarkable amount of warmth. Vocalist Mary Pearson still sounds cool and detached, and though her singing causes no ripples it fits nicely with the track’s laid-back groove aesthetic. The song isn’t exactly a killer standalone single, but likely once the rest of the record comes out it will present a cohesive whole that is more than just the sum of its parts.
— Jon Behm