Best Overhyped Brooklyn Music Duo (2008)

High Places

Brooklyn art-rockers High Places took until September to release a full-length album, but theyve been the most beloved band in the city since sometime last year. This status, in New York, is often pretty much the equivalent to Sports Illustrateds cover jinxadulation, followed by a blown-out knee or addiction to painkillers. So imagine the collective surprise when, over the summer, the tracks to the duos self-titled debut trickled out, and no one could figure a single mean thing to say about em. The bands barely-there, oddball instrumentationbells, tinny percussion, breathy vocals, laptophides miles of melodic savvy; their surprisingly loud shows have been known to blow far less gentle bands off the stage. The records beautiful, strange, and not at all ruined by the fact that you werent the first person to write about it on the Internet.