Original ColorsAlbum |
Electro-ephemerists move, haltingly, toward the dance floor.
On their third full-length, electro-ephemerists High Places move away from the somber vibe of 2010's High Places Vs. Mankind and embrace more dance-friendly beats. While earlier albums seemed to marry organic and electronic sounds and then smother them in hazy layers of production, Original Colors showcases bolder beats and, intriguingly, much more straightforward songwriting. "Year Off" and "Altos Lugares" are the closest thing to straightforward dance music High Places have ever created, while "Ahead Stop" and "Twenty-Seven" show the duo conjuring the kind of earthy, ephemeral atmosphere that made their early EPs such a breath of fresh air. Most of the music on Original Colors is still too muted and, at times, too vague to work on the dance floor, but it's great to see the slyly experimental duo moving in a much funkier direction.