High Places, the electronic-experimental duo of Rob Barber and Mary Pearson, will release their new record, High Places Vs. Mankind, next week on Thrill Jockey. The album's first single is "The Longest Shadows." It's a down-tempo, gypsy-vibe tune, and Pearson's voice is so fluid it fairly shimmers. The video is essentially a series of tableaux playing with lighting - the sun vs. shadows. Pearson strikes me as inscrutable in an mesmerizing way, and I wish she would have sang/lip-synched throughout the entire song instead of just at the end - she's got a compelling presence.
High Places will play the Crocodile on March 28 with Bear In Heaven and Freelance Whales.