After hearing the ghostly sound of Tall Heights
, we knew we had to take our latest session in a slightly different direction than usual. It's a wonderful, collaborative thing when the artist we're working with makes music that's powerful enough to impact the direction we take with the cameras.
The Boston-based progressive folk act blew us away when they visited Baeble HQ last month. Tim Harrington played an acoustic guitar while Paul Wright added a cinematic edge with his cello over shimmery percussion. The two harmonized for nearly the entirety of the performance, making it feel like one big, fulfilling exhale, something that Local Natives
or even Bon Iver
would be proud of. As they played songs "Spirit Cold," "No Man Alive," and more off of their 2016 LP Neptune,
a wave of chills washed over the office. The music is eerie and, for lack of a better word, pretty, but it doesn't lose that euphoric feeling that we love so much. Every song feels like an anthem, as they weave through meticulous details like the velocity of each guitar strum.
What you're about to enjoy is a gorgeous black and white video with crisp contrast and gorgeous music. Beautiful and dramatic.
Pick up the band's new album Neptune
Getting there is half the fun, as the old saying goes, but the journey is really the whole point for Boston progressive-folk duo Tall Heights. And singer/guitarist Tim Harrington and singer/cellist Paul Wright have had one hell of a journey, starting from playing simple acoustics on the streets of Boston to reaching Sony Music Masterworks, for which they are releasing their biggest, brightest, and riskiest work thus far. Neptune, out August 19, is the bands latest step in the ongoing evolution of their sound and style.
Neptune is backed with pristine vocal harmonies and splattered with surprises: theres subtly chugging electric guitar and a spare descending bass line on Iron in the Fire, ethereal synthesizers and a spacious drum part on Spirit Cold, a brittle splash of percussion to open Backwards and Forwards and feedback created by two cellphones on Cross My Mind. The album is clearly the product of a long journey, but whether its Tall Heights final destination remains unclear. "I can hear the evolution happening," Harrington says. "I feel like were walking across a bridge from one place to another, and maybe Ill always feel that way, but Im really happy with how were moving."