Get Weird: High Places + Grouper
February 13 2009
The joyful, clear-voiced beauty of High Places stands among the most beloved and compelling new music of the decade. Layering energy-rich, bouncing electronic beats, gentle percussive tones, and bright, celebratory vocals, this Brooklyn-based duo have created a language that is both unique and inviting, an excited, deeply emotional, and friendly party.
Portland’s Grouper makes hazy, cobweb-delicate music, a woozy haunted house of dusty pop structures and mournful lullabies. Built from shambling guitarwork, broken-music-box melodies and ghostly, mournful vocals, the songs are blanketed in a gloom of reverb, all shadow-lurking melody and suffocated beauty.