"Where the ocean meets the
forest, this is where we sing our chorus"
No more scrounging around the interwebs
for these tracks, as Brooklyn-based duo Mary Pearson and Robert
Barber have officially released this collection of singles. The
precursor to their debut full-length album that will drop Sept. 23,
03/07-09/07 offers a well-rounded introduction to the charming
The simplicity, and at times, sheer
randomness, of their lyrics adds to their appeal. Storylines are
driven by childlike wonder and questioning, so it's no wonder they
were commissioned to write a song for Gilkey Elementary School,
entitled "Jump In." Not only did they perform at the school
in Plainwell, Mich., but other unique venues for this band have
included a solar-powered sunrise concert in Brooklyn through Solar
Pearson's vocals add to the Technicolor
imagery Barber creates with sabulous woodwinds and sun-washed drum
beats ("Sandy Feat" or "Granola"). Recurring
themes include insomnia ("Universe," "Shared
Islands"), first steps ("Freaked Flight," "Jump
In") and environmental consciousness ("Canary").
"Shared Islands" also showcases Pearson's range beyond the
half-spoken cadence she uses on the majority of the record, to no
Organic and minimalist throughout,
samples drift from faraway tropics to extraterrestrial orbits.
Pearson sings musings to suit, with streams of consciousness that
flow from gazing at clouds in the sky to existential yearnings about
origins and final destinations ("Banana Slugs/Cosmonaut,"
for example). But even when caught up in dense subject matter, High
Places remain airy thanks to their bright loops of sound.