Atlanta’s Highlander returns with their second EP, Weird Future (out March 10 on Deer Bear Wolf Records). Drawing on a wide range of influences—from gooey ‘60s psychedelia to ‘80s New Wave and moody modern synth-pop—Weird Future is a change of direction from the driving pop sensibilities of 2013’s Good Numbers EP, finding the band in a darker, more mature space both sonically and emotionally. This time out, Highlander explores a hazy landscape awash with sparkling synths and persistent guitars where walls of fuzz and melodic vocal feedback trail lo-fi echoes into deep space.
The band returned to the studio, again with producer/engineer Paul Katzman (Hotels, 100 Watt Horse, Shampoo) in the spring of 2014 to record a batch of new tunes. While superficially resembling the dreamy synth-pop of Good Numbers, these songs focused not on a past of summery nostalgia, but a weird and autumnal future. Weeks turned into months as the band dove deep into the details of the recording process. They put their personal lives on hold to bring a laser focus to the creation of this new EP. Virtual instruments were overdubbed with older, less-reliable keyboards and amps resulting in a lusher, more organic sound. And like the pilots of a giant robot blasting into hyperspace, Highlander held on tight and floored it. The Weird Future EP was born.
Today Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of sharing a cut from the record, “Sleep Walking Woman.” Enjoy:
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