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Highness - Hold (2013)

8-11-2013, 12:35
Music | Rock | Alternative | FLAC / APE

Highness - Hold (2013)

Artist: Highness
Title Of Album: Hold
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Magic Bullet Records / MBL152-1
Genre: Indie Rock, Alternative, Post Rock
Total Time: 37:11 min
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: Lossless
Total Size: 252 mb

The seamless intermingling of eclectic approaches and a desire to constantly challenge both the listener and themselves makes the music of Highness a compelling listen. There aren’t many albums on which the metallic dirge of a song like "Crepuscular Rays" could exist alongside an instrumental as delicate and ethereal as "Forking Paths", and fewer still that could be bookended by material alternately as triumphant and melodic as "Gaea" and as eerie as “Shroud” without sounding like some forced mélange of surface-level aesthetic signifiers. But on 'Hold', these elements not only co-exist but inextricably wind themselves around each other, with the stark contrasts acting as a cohering force and as a catalyst that pushes the music ever forward with each sonic detour, distilling a wide variety of underground music’s already-potent strains into a singular and powerful, yet multi-faceted and eclectic whole.

This sort of seemingly contradictory approach acts to underscore how notable Highness is – their work is experimental yet accessible, cerebral yet visceral, familiar yet disorienting. The members’ background in widely varied manifestations of independent music – nearly a century worth of combined total experience – is readily apparent both in the array of sonic devices employed and the deftness with which they’re combined into a unified whole. Ultimately, 'Hold' isn’t simply an album but a journey, a defiance of artistic stasis in pursuit of something larger and more transcendent, something indebted to the past without attempting to remain immured in it, and something genuinely affecting to which a large and widely-varied audience could very easily latch on and remain adhered.


01. Gaea (Strings)
02. If You Found Out, I Would Stay
03. Stitched Together
04. Forking Roads
05. We’re All We Need
06. Crepuscular Rays
07. Shroud
08. You Know Everything
09. Stars Pass Us Over

Artwork, Design, Layout – Yeliz Secerli
Bass [Uncredited], Artwork, Design, Layout – Brandon Evans
Drums [Uncredited] – Ryan Parrish
Engineer [Assistant] – Jonathan Fulk
Guitar [Uncredited] – Brent Eyestone, Graham Scala
Mastered By – Emily Lazar, Joe LaPorta
Other [Spiritual Advisor] – Brady
Recorded By, Producer, Mixed By – Andrew Schneider
Vocals, Guitar [Uncredited] – Eric Richter
Written-By, Performer – Highness

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