Saturday 19 September 2015

High Pines - You're The Only One Who Understands Me

Article by KevW

You see how the artwork to this new single from New York's High Pines is really quite foggy and a bit mysterious? Well, it also looks somewhat autumnal. Keep the fog, switch it back a season to summer, and it's a shot that captures the essence of the song very well. We have to go right back to 2012 to find the first time we featured the group formed by Caribbean-born Leo Lugo, and at that point, lo-fi psych wasn't something that was in short supply. Times may have changed, but that fact hasn't. In fact, the psych scene has, if anything, only grown in its variety and popularity, so you really have to do something a bit different to stand out.

'You're The Only One Who Understands Me' does just that. It won't start a new scene of its own or blow people's minds by inventing a whole new genre, but the mixture of influences that are stirred into the melting pot do give it individuality, and in turn, this adds to its appeal. Yes it's hazy and inhabits a strange twilight zone between being awake and asleep, but it also throws in a dual blast of guitar; one bringing the distortion, and the other giving brighter, lighter picked notes that counteract that fuzz. Perhaps it's the Caribbean origins, but there's an exotic flavour here as well which really does offer an alternative that many others don't. It's all looking rather good for new album which is due to drop in November.

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