UTR025 | LP | 10 tracks, 34 mins | 29 Sept 2008 | Buy
High Places' highly-anticipated, self-titled debut album was recorded by Rob and Mary in their apartment in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood between January and May of 2008.
They employed a wide variety of instruments to make this album ranging from the more traditional - 12 string guitar, banjo, shakers and rattles, bass, bells and Kalimba - to the inventive - plastic bags, mixing bowls, wood blocks and other common household objects.
The album has a contemplative and organic lyrical tone emphasised by the themes of goodness manifested in nature, hardship and wonder as necessities to human existence and growth. Additionally, the idea of maturation and development is further accented through the recurring mention of trees and their extending, enveloping branches.
Rob created the 'High Places' artwork from photos taken by both band members. The images are drawn from nature but all have a subtle, mystical, "golden" motif - a fitting frame of reference for the album's recurring themes. This can best be summed up by the words to "Gold Coin" - a song that was inspired by Kahlil Gibran's 'The Prophet'...
"The ocean is your god-self
The sun is your god-self
God as air
Part of you is man
Part of you is god-self
The rest is just stumbling in the mist"