Beautiful collaboration is afoot with ambient architect loscil (a.k.a. Scott Morgan) and cellist Mark Bridges partnering as High Plains. Cinderland, the product of their two-week recording session in Saratoga, Wyoming (“Where the Trout Leap in Main Street”), is out now on Kranky. With all sounds sourced onsite, captured in oxygen-thin air by a portable recording studio, the record brings the intangibility of emotion and immediacy of landscape into wordless conversation.
And speaking of immediacy: the video for album track “Cinderland” is FIRE. No… I mean, it actually consists of FIRE — as in: faded and distressed footage of burning hills and structures playing over the duo’s mournful ambiance. Maybe the video causes the suggestion, but the track’s simple piano pulse, cello swells, and ambient effects seem to inherently carry the impression of glowing coals; and in the clip, all these elements fuse to create a mesmerizing and timeless missive from the bottom of the fire pit.
Additionally, in what promises to be more fantastic free-advertising advertising for the town of Saratoga, High Plains will also be dislocating their sound from its Wyoming resort-based site-specificity for a brief May tour with Anjou. Check out those dates, as well as the incandescent “Ciderland” video, down below.
High Plains/Anjou dates:
05.17.17 - Minneapolis, MN - Icehouse
05.18.17 - Madison, WI - Gates of Heaven
05.19.17 - Milwaukee, WI - Acme Records
05.20.17 - Chicago, IL - Constellation
05.22.17 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge