Posted on January 27th, 2012 (9:16 am) by Joseph Bogen

The High Highs make pretty music. This is can be both a compliment and an insult, and on their latest EP, both are appropriate. The High Highs make music that is equally easy to listen to as it is to forget. On the first two tracks, “Flowers Bloom” and “Open Season,” the prettiness works mostly to their slight advantage. “Flowers Bloom” is nothing remarkable but the gentle pulsing keyboards and restrained vocal delivery are supple enough to evoke warmness, while “Open Season” features a catchy guitar and keyboard melody that is stronger and more memorable. Both tracks manage the amazing feat of provoking no response in me whatsoever. Not even boredom.

Unfortunately “Ivy,” with its reverb soaked acoustic guitar and listless vocals, is an example of the boring side of pretty music. It’s only two and a half minutes long, but even that feels too long. Thankfully, “Horses” ends the EP on a stronger note. It’s the first song on here that’s more than just pretty, and it actually gives me a good reason to keep paying attention. But only slightly. I get the feeling that if I listened to a whole album from these guys, I’d probably have some pretty harsh things to say; but on an EP, they manage to be totally inoffensive. The question: is it worse to leave no impression than a bad impression?

Track Listing:
1. Flowers Bloom
2. Open Season
3. Ivy
4. Horses

The High Highs
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55 / 100
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