HighlandsJune 14, 2011 Mexican Summer
Confidence isn’t always born of experience, as seen by the forceful debut by Los Angeles band Cold Showers on Highlands. Combining influences of late 1970s post-punk with a sonic exploration closer to something from Neu!, it is the carefully constructed spatiality of the music that gives the somewhat minimal lyrics their weight; distant and atmospheric, it lends the hazy vocals a detached, ghostly cast. Moments of aggression and transcendence transform the songs from mere sound to rich sonic narratives: within the rise of the language lies a vision under restraint, a pent up joy that is like nothing else. The resulting sound is unexpectedly tough, vital, and contemporary.
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|1 I Don't Mind PLAY|
|2 Near Burn|