WATCH: High Highs ‘Once Around The House’
It was less than a week ago that we first brought you HIGH HIGHS – and it seems we haven’t been able to get them out of our head since.
We’ve barely had time to let their recent EP announcement sink in, and already the Brooklyn based, Australian born duo are back again. This time it’s in the form of a video, for latest single – ‘Once Around The House’. And this time they’ve gone all out.
Dissimilar to their previous effort in ‘Open Season’, the guys have traded in a DIY styled clip and the ideal locales of New York City for a professional and downright creepy clip based in the middle of a forest. Directed by Thomas Beug, the clip follows an attractive young girl (to make all the guys happy, of course) alone in a cottage filled with beautiful lights. As she goes onto follow the trail of lights into the dark surroundings of a forest, you are swept away by the atmospheric harmonies that High Highs are becoming well known for, each note transforming a basic concept into a magical landscape.
This goes without saying that the guys have clearly put in an enormous amount of effort to hone an interesting take on the everyday folk tunes we have seen flooding the scene as of late. Channeling the likes of Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes in their material, acoustic guitars and soft keys accompany romanticized lyrics in the most perfect of ways. It’s just incredibly exciting to see such a young act producing music with such depth and emotion.
Overall, the cinematography is perfect – whether it be the lights, the forest, the cottage or the climax of the clip at the beach, each moment is visually stimulating and pleasing. And with the melancholic and blissful music from the band accompanying – it truly is a beautiful four minutes.
High Highs’ debut self titled EP is due to be released on August 24 through Fine Time Records.
Words by Tom Hutchins