To celebrate the release of their self-titled EP - and their forthcoming show at at the Old Queen's Head on Thursday (24th November) - we caught up with High Highs to talk about the albums that have influenced their musical existence. From Steve Reich to Board of Canada, these guys sure have great taste.



Oli

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Steve Reich - 'Music for 18 Musicians'

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I keep going back to this. It's like what it would sound like in an afterlife that might actually exist. I love the mesmerizing patterns of all the instruments (e.g. marimbas, woodwinds and voices). This music is so dream-state-like it's as if time disappears. I'd like some of this to be played at my funeral I think.


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The Radio Dept - 'Pet Grief'

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I love how this music wraps itself in beautiful chords. It just seems like everything is a perfect little accident production-wise too. The melodies are so effortless. I love there kind of emotion.


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Boards Of Canada - 'In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country'

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Not an album but I love these 4 tracks. They're so textured and crinkled. 


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The Strokes - 'Is This It'

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I know there's divided camps RE The Strokes. I love how every single song is a winner. All the individual parts are absolutely perfect and lock so well together. I think it's a really cool achievement. I love this whole album.



Jack

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Boards of Canada - 'Music Has the Right To Children'

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This album has a stark beauty to it that I absolutely love. I usually completely rediscover it about once a year, and every time is like hearing it for the first time. It's so warm and intimate but it's also the perfect soundtrack to being in the clouds


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Gustavo Santaolalla - 'Ronroco'

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My friend gave this album to me about five years ago. It's is an album based on the around the Charango, which is sort of like a Ukulele with ten strings. He's best known for his film stuff but I think this is his best work by far. There's a song on here called 'Coyita' which kills me every time. It's so delicate and epic. There's also a song called 'Way Up' which is pretty much a wall of Charango's shifting between chords. Check it out.