Tuesday, July 12, 2016
High Violets - To Where You Are - 2006
If you are a fan of Cocteau Twins, Lush, Curve or the Sundays, then you are definitely going to find something of interest here. The first time I heard it, I instantly fell in love with them. Fortunately, I didn't know they were from Oregon, or I may have passed them by. Not that I have something against American bands, just that my tastes are a tad European. When I think American music, I think Hard Rock, R&B, Rap, Country and teeny-bopper Pop shit. Anything considered "alternative" by American artists is usually full of unjustified angst, which I find to be disgusting considering most of them should move out of their parents basements and get a job.
I keep slipping back onto that soapbox, sorry.
The entire album is full of great music that sounds very "early-90s", but with a modern twist. The vocals are heavenly, and the guitar-playing would impress Robin Guthrie. The melodies are full of pop hooks, and you'll find yourself humming along by the third playing. Very catchy.
I included the remixes from the tracks that were on the album, which they had released on a disc in 2007. They didn't release any singles, so there's no b-sides. But, the mixes make up for it. It's great stuff, you should like it if you like Harriet, Toni or Ms Fraser.
Unfortunately, they've only released two albums since then, and I didn't find them to be very interesting. But, they did have an EP called 44 Down from 2002 that was pretty good. You may check that one out as well....