Tall Heights

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Tall Heights

Henry Jamison

Thu · May 18, 2017

7:00 pm

$12.00 - $14.00

This event is all ages

+$2 for any patron under the age of 21

Tall Heights
Tall Heights
It's been half a decade since Tall Heights kicked off their career in Boston's Faneuil Hall, busking for more than 100 days to help fund their very first EP. Paul Wright would play cello, Tim Harrington would strum the acoustic guitar, and both bandmates would sing, their voices cutting through the noise of shoppers and tourists.

Since those days, the duo's harmony-heavy indie folk has taken Tall Heights from the marketplaces of Massachusetts to stages across the country. They've toured America, released critically-acclaimed album, Man of Stone, and earned a spot on the same folk family tree as Simon & Garfunkel and Bon Iver. On 2015's Holding On, Holding Out, though, the duo widen their reach significantly, beefing up their sound with electronics, synthesizers, drums loops, Casio keyboards, and plenty of shimmer and shine. It's a record of exploration and expansion, with Tall Heights building something towering on top of their folksy foundation.

"This record feels like a new birth for us," says Harrington, a Boston native who grew up singing in the same local choirs as Wright. "We're sounding different. It's not because we were bored; it's because we were street performers who learned how to create beautiful moments as a duo, but then we became a nationally-touring act. We saw the country, we broadened our horizons. Suddenly, we weren't the artists we were before. But a lot of what we learned on the street still rings true to our approach today, so this record is a growth, rather than a left-hand turn."

Recorded at Color Study studio in Goshen, Vermont, Holding On, Holding Out was partially inspired by the music that poured out of Tall Heights' car speakers during the long drives from show to show. The guys found themselves listening to a wide array of sounds as they hurtled across the country, but they zeroed in on Icelandic music, taking influence from the sonic sweep of Sigur R&ocute;s and the electronic percussion of Ásgeir. The music of Iceland's underground was deep, dark and cinematic, able not only to deliver a melody, but to cast a mood, too. Harrington and Wright were also influenced by their hometown Boston music scene, specifically their friends and peers in Darlingside and the Ballroom Thieves. Months later, while recording their own EP, Tall Heights used all of it as inspiration, and allowed their intimate indie-folk to grow into something bigger and bolder. It was a natural growth — the sound of two musicians amplifying their music to its fullest potential, exploring some new territory along the way.

"We're singing together more than ever before," Wright adds. "Throughout all of Holding On, Holding Out, there are only a few places where only one person is singing without the other. There's a lot of perfect unison, too: just two people singing the same note at the same time, fusing their voices into a sound that's bigger than the sum of its parts. I think that's the biggest difference between this project and the last project. We're not just harmonizing; we're singing together all the time."

Holding On, Holding Out also draws a line between humans' relationships with each other and their environment. It's a call to be more present and conscious, especially with things we all hold dear — family, love, our planet — are at stake. At its core, though, Holding On, Holding Out is a blast of exploration and electricity from a group that previously did some of its best work unplugged. It's progressive and propulsive, shining a light not only on where Tall Heights have been before, but where they're going.

"Intimate and arresting" – NPR

"Tall Heights employ a collection of acoustic guitar, cello, and electronic drums, reminiscent of contemporary indie folk giants like Justin Vernon and Fleet Foxes." – XPN

"In addition to finger-picked guitar, swelling cello and tight, prismatic vocal harmonies, 'Spirit Cold' boasts a bold, airy drum part that propels the song through the peaks and troughs of the arrangement." – Wall Street Journal

"It's a contemporary sound that is not without its ageless qualities." – Chicago Sun Times

"Certifiably unclassifiable" – Boston Herald

"There have been many bands in recent years that have employed beautiful close harmonies, but when you add the strings and the great songwriting, Tall Heights is a notch above the pack." – WBEZ

"Call it simply gorgeous." – WFU
Henry Jamison
Assuming that a pedigree in such things has any relevance at all, which is certainly unclear, Henry Jamison was perhaps predisposed to songwriting. His great-great-great-great-great-great-great (etc.) grandfather was the 14th century poet John Gower (friend to Chaucer and Richard II) and his great-great-great-great grandfather was George Frederick Root, the most popular songwriter of the Civil War era. Probably more relevant is that his mother is an English professor and his father a classical composer, who gave him a Korg 8-track recorder and his first guitar.

Henry attended a Waldorf School near his hometown of Burlington, VT, sang in a traveling folk choir and played viola in local youth orchestras. After an academically turbulent stint as an English major at Bowdoin College in Maine, he left on tour for two years with a band of bearded friends. This period was full of joys and sorrows and ended in a move back home. After a few attempts at recording a solo debut with a cadre of talented players, Henry decided to demo some new ideas on his old Korg 8-track, which would go on to become The Rains EP. These songs show a central interest in exploring inner worlds, observing their treasures and holding none in contempt. They run the gamut from an earnest reckoning with romantic upheaval ("Real Peach"), to a knee-jerk and distorted view of the same ("Through a Glass"), to storm-driven dreamscapes ("The Rains" and "Dallas Love Field"). Finally, in "No One Told Me," Henry stands metaphorically on his own "Galleons Lap" (the summit where Christopher Robin says Goodbye-for-Now to the Hundred Acre Wood in A.A. Milne's House at Pooh Corner) and looks out, with a newfound composure born of relationship, to the horizon of the Who-Knows-What that is the life of a musician.
Venue Information:
Mahall's
13200 Madison Ave.
Lakewood, OH, 44107
http://www.mahalls20lanes.com/