Tuesday, July 15, 2014

HIGHLANDS + Mass Appeal

With Highlands' sophomore album, Dark Matter Traveler, released today, Mass Appeal Magazine streams the new psych-pop masterpiece in full.

Says Mass Appeal: "Blending influences such as shoegaze and psychedelic rock, adding a bit more backbone, they create their own sound using dissonant layers of instrumentation combined with pop-inspired hooks. Having been compared to '90s bands like Swervedriver and Slowdive, their follow up to 2012's Singularity is definitely a progression for Highlands."


From Long Beach, California, Highlands' music drives, soars, and haunts – rooted in a love of the Creation Records catalog, surfing a wave in the Southern California sun. The band's second album, Dark Matter Traveler, was recorded by Rollie Ulug (Graf Orlock, Dangers) and mastered by J.P. Bendzinski of Crystal Antlers.


Order Dark Matter Traveler, vinyl and digital.


"Blending influences such as shoegaze and psychedelic rock, adding a bit more backbone, they create their own sound using dissonant layers of instrumentation combined with pop-inspired hooks."

–Mass Appeal

"If you used to listen to Swervedriver in the '90s... this will be right up your alley... My heart melts for shoegaze, and these guys have returned with a gem of a song and a new record out in July.”
–USA Today

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

"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

"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  

"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