Release Date: Feb 21, 2012
Record label: The Bureau
It may take a few listens to appreciate the understated quality in this album but The Higher You Get The Rare The Vegetation has a clarity and dynamic sensibility which are arguably the antithesis of stereotypical colorless, inaudible, mumbling, indie music. It also has a clever pacing and thematic coherence suggestive of a—contradiction in terms—very nuanced concept album. At times Laurie Hall’s vocals swoop, warble, and swoon as abstractedly as if she were the offspring of Hugo Largo* and Kate Bush.
When the title of an album is taken from a Salvador Dali quote, you know that, at the very least, it’s going to be an interesting listen. It’s worth obeying the order you get from ‘I Count The Days’ to “Listen closely / Hear the nature’s sounds,” although arguably there aren’t many natural sounding noises on this record. ‘The Higher You Get, The Rarer The Vegetation’ is the exact opposite of easy listening.