Tuesday, October 7, 2014

HIGHLANDS video + new EP

Brooklyn Vegan has premiered Highlands' video for the song "Show Me," off the Long Beach, California band's latest LP, Dark Matter Traveler.

The stunning, NSFW peyote-vision of a clip was directed by Chad Huff.

Dark Matter Traveler, produced by 
Rollie Ulug (Graf Orlock, Dangers), was released in July on the band's own Say Again Records. Mixing British shoegaze and West Coast psychedelia, Highlands earned love from outlets like CMJ who referred to the band's sound as "waves of Ride-like storm clouds... molasses thick." 

Highlands will follow up the LP with a new EP titled Dark Matter Remnants, out November 18th on Say Again. Dark Matter Remnants consists of five tracks recorded during the Dark Matter Traveler sessions that didn't make it onto the full-length. The paintings adorning the covers of both the LP and the EP are by the late Yan Burdzinski.

The Dark Matter Remnants tracklist is as follows:

1) Red

2) Delusion
3) Never Look
4) The Only Thing
5) Eternal Coast

"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."

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

"[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..."

"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