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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

One of many boy/girl indie electro duos formed in 2006, Rob Barber and Mary Pearson of Brooklyn's High Places approach recording with creative abandon, experimenting with offbeat production techniques like random microphone positioning, pitch shifting, delays, and saturated blankets of reverb to create danceable layers of sound. Playful and peppy, their beats incorporate sparse and hypnotic tribal rhythms, with lyrics that incorporate unusually innocent topics like love letters to Martians and apologies to endangered species. High Places got their break when the Pitchfork music website reviewed their EP and gave the CD a favorable rating, giving Barber and Pearson instant attention. That winter, a West Coast tour with similar-minded artists the Blow and Mirah followed, while High Places' first album remained unfinished. In July of 2008, Thrill Jockey made the band's collection of singles 03/07-09/07 available on CD, and High Places made plans to embark on a summer tour with No Age before releasing their self-titled debut full-length on September 23. After moving to Los Angeles and revamping their sound to include more traditional instrumentation, High Places released their second album, High Places vs. Mankind, in April of 2010. Their third studio album, Original Colors, took a more glossy electro approach and was released in the fall of 2011.

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Since 2008, we've used our eMusic Selects program to spotlight our favorite unsigned bands, releasing their albums exclusively to eMusic members and giving you a first look at bands whose music and vision inspires us. We're proud to say that bands like Best Coast, High Places, Yellow Ostrich, Julianna Barwick and others are all graduates of our Selects program. We feel just as excited about the latest members of our Selects family, EULA. This band… more »


eMusic Selects: High Places

By Yancey Strickler, Contributor

Mary Pearson and Rob Barber are High Places, a Brooklyn band so fantastic that they actually inspired the entire eMusic Selects program. Before their amazing, eMusic-only compilation 03/07 — 09/07, High Places had only released three 7-inches and a couple of compilation tracks. Still, that has been enough to earn them a growing following. Recently, Mary and Rob took a break from recording their debut album (it will be done the end of February, they hope)… more »


  • 01.14.16 Robbee's new band, r.r. barbadas, has a new jam! Download/listen over at: https://t.co/IJ6i3EhVgJ https://t.co/ZG82Qtj73H
  • 11.18.15 We contributed to Tin Angel Records' Dear Janet tribute album with this rendition of "That's the Way Loves Goes". https://t.co/evcCbwp6LU
  • 11.12.15 Robbee has a new project called r.r. barbadas w/the amazing Rona Rapadas! Here is a download of our first jam! https://t.co/UPUa953SC0
  • 09.26.15 Going thru old notebooks & reminded that all Original Colors tracks had LA restaurant names as working titles. Food 1st, music 2nd always
  • 09.25.15 It was hard out in the desert when we were just little ducks https://t.co/YmaE9UPXfF
  • 09.25.15 New music by Mary https://t.co/Lhn55G2xo6
  • 01.29.15 RT @marythreethree: Tune in to @p4kradio tomorrow at 12:30 pm. I'm gonna swing by to talk hoops on Jock Jams with @LadyCSlamdunx
  • 12.19.14 RT @marythreethree: Liars remixed my track "Inside Stuff" & I love it even more than I loved the Inside the NBA cypher http://t.co/OCMenXm1…
  • 12.19.14 RT @stereogum: Hear @LiarsOfficial's remix of "Inside Stuff" by 33 (@marythreethree of @hellohighplaces) http://t.co/ef8YHPPNrP http://t.co…
  • 12.12.14 RT @ThrillJockeyUK: Our good friend @marythreethree of @hellohighplaces has a new track. Ch-ch-check it http://t.co/ZFZdGNlyib
  • 12.05.14 RT @FILTERMexico: Mary Pearson de High Places (@hellohighplaces) tiene un nuevo proyecto y los dejará encantados: http://t.co/5z9XeXO8he
  • 12.03.14 And this is the accompanying video, directed by the brilliant Zen Sekizawa: https://t.co/DpMCoJRqdT