Thursday, June 12, 2014

HIGHLANDS + CMJ

CMJ is now streaming "Show Me," the opening track off Highlands' sophomore album, Dark Matter Traveler.

CMJ editor Eric Davidson depicts the Long Beach, California band's psych-pop sound as "waves of Ride-like storm clouds... molasses thick."

Dark Matter Traveler was recorded by Rollie Ulug (Graf Orlock, Dangers) and mastered by J.P. Bendzinski of Crystal Antlers. The LP is out July 15th on the band's own Say Again Records.

"Waves of Ride-like storm clouds... molasses thick"
–CMJ

"[Highlands song, 'Onto You'] shows Highlands' love for classic shoegazers like Slowdive and Ride... But the foggy, zonked tune also has a Black Angels-y psych-rock thing happening."
–Red Bull Music

"Shoegaze indebted to the genre's early days... fans of this stuff will likely find Highlands do it well."
–BrooklynVegan

"The Long Beach quartet are marching to their own beat with their noisy brand of shoegaze... A dreamy swirl of saturated vocals and murky guitar tones..."
–Arena 

"If you used to listen to Swervedriver in the '90s... this will be right up your alley."
–USA Today

"Ghostly drone-rock-meets-dream-pop"
–OC Weekly

"Psychedelic rock lovers, perk your ears!... The depth and warmth of their sound, as well as their ethereal harmonies, lull listeners into an aural trance..."
–The Deli LA