12.15.13 — “Sunraindown” by Highspire


If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “Sunraindown” by Highspire (2010, from the album Aquatic).

Highspire is a dream pop/shoegaze band from Philadelphia. Guitarist E.J. Hagen and singer Alex White used to be in a different Philly band called Intro to India back in the late 1990s. They branched out to form Highspire in 1999, naming the band after the tiny Pennsylvania town.

Highspire released their debut record in 2003, followed by their sophomore album seven years later.

The guys reference Ride, Slowdive, Bowery Electric, and Massive Attack among their heavy influences.

Other than that, I know nothing about this band. Because of my passion for shoegaze and dream pop, this is a band that gets suggested to me pretty frequently. After I finally checked them out, it was easy to understand why.

“Sunraindown” by Highspire

I absolutely pick up the influence of the first couple of Ride records. The shoegaze-y ones. This song is reminiscent of a mashup of “Dreams Burn Down” and “Drive Blind”.

I really like the main part of the song. After the gradual fadeout, there’s a completely unnecessary second bit of the song.

You can buy a digital download of Aquatic from the bandcamp page.

Expect big things later this month as I’m in the process of compiling my year-end list. Despite what I’ve been doing with this blog, I’ve always been an album guy. This has been a pretty amazing year for new album releases, and I’m still actually awaiting delivery of two 2012 releases. I’ve been working hard the last few weeks narrowing my year-end list down to a smaller and smaller list. Expect my final list to be something like 28 or 35 albums.

Stay tuned for that list, which I hope to publish sometime between the 20th and the 24th.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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