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  • Summary: The Los Angeles-based indie duo releases its second studio album.
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  1. Throughout High Places vs. Mankind the two further unravel as well as expand their influences and open-up their compact electronic world to include more live instrumentation and more upfront organic vocals.
  2. It seems impossible that the same band that started out so ramshackle could deliver an album as splendid and tighly wound as this.
  3. High Places vs. Mankind is their most complete work to date, which ends much as it began, with the band’s love of outright pop.
  4. When they deviate into a treacly world of dub and shifting tones (‘The Channon’), there’s still a lineage, along with an identifiable personality.
  5. The signifiers of the band's sound are still evident--jittery rhythms, ambient instrumental passages, gauzy washes of guitar courtesy of Rob Barber. But they're more subtle, restrained, and tasteful here.
  6. Instead of the earlier sample-heavy style, Barber incorporates more live instrumentation, and as a result High Places feel more like a band.
  7. If you heard Mankind without hearing their other work, you might think it was a decent record with a couple of memorable songs--kind of generic and bland, but not awful. It’s only a disaster if you were charmed by High Places' original sound and left cold by their new approach.

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