I have to admit, go on hiatus in writing for Kustosica also affect my knowledge regarding new music, whether it is from new artists or even from musicians that their former work already grabbed me. Like what happened with the new album from Tall Heights, Pretty Colors for Your Actions.
In case you haven’t heard of Tall Heights before, they are an electrofolk duo, consist of Tim Harrington as singer-guitarist and Paul Wright as singer-cellist, from Boston. Though this band formed since 2009, my first encounter with Tall Heights was when I heard their song, River Wider, which include in their first LP, Neptune. It wasn’t take long before I decided to buy the album; in fact, it was the first album that I bought from iTunes.
What hooked me was the way the guitar strum, the drum, and the cello melt with the harmony of their voice, could transport me into a specific scenery—cold, windy, forest, and leave not only melancholy feeling, but also peaceful at the same time. To put it short, the album is magical. They win me over easily.
Thanks to the terrifying algorithm, I managed to find out that they released their second album, Pretty Colors for Your Actions, last October through iTunes suggestion. This album consists of 11 songs, including their latest single White Frost—they released the acoustic version before.
The album greets you with quite upbeat tunes and ear-catching lyrics in Not Like it Was—you probably find it so easy to humming the lyric “I go crazy if you leave my side”. They slow down a little in Midnight Oil where the first lyric become the title of this album,
“I got pretty colors for your actions”
before fast pacing your mood once again in an upbeat guitar strum, rich bass, and trumpet-like tunes, called House on Fire.
You’ll find the dense of electrofolk in White Frost with thoughtful lyrics. Hitherto, the next two songs, Oslo and Red Bird still pass me without a trace. Gold, with its slow tunes, contrasting The Deep End, with upbeat drums and bolder guitar strum.
I think it is safe to say that this album brings you a roller coaster ride, since Over Now, though thick with electro heaves in slowness, matches its depressive lyric. Fire Escape reminds me of how captivating the harmony of their voices and how easy to sing along with them. The same taste lingers till the last song of this album, Roanoke.
To conclude this personal review, here’s what to expect from this album, they evolve. If Neptune offers you folk—rich with cello, violin, and guitar—and soul music that leave your feeling wanders into nature, Pretty Colors for Your Actions gives you more dynamic tunes, more experimenting with electronic instruments.
If 90% songs in the first LP hooked me right away, only 50% in this second LP. But that doesn’t mean Pretty Colors for Your Actions is lack than Neptune, it’s just different and I plan to give more time to digest it. Meanwhile, you can try to listen to their full album below and feel free to share with us what you think of the album here: