We’ve been riding the High Rise Finale horse pretty hard over here at ATH, and now we’re back on it with news of a brand new single/video from the band. The video displays the band in animated form, driving home the simplistic set-up employed to maximize the pull on your heart-strings. Electronic atmospherics float about the driving pulse…with lyrics delivered in a matter-of-fact manner. There’s even a momentary breakdown that feels an awful lot like a Salad Fingers reference (but perhaps I hang out with middle school kids too much). Still, indiepop is best when its stripped down and offered in the sincerest form, so cheers to the group for another hit; the single drops worldwide next Friday.
High Rise Finale first came to my attention because it’s a new project from Matt Bailey of The Salient Braves, who I adore. Of course, this project has some similarities, especially in the lyrical styling, but it’s a much more electronic adventure. He’s collaborating with Neil Ritchie, who helped produce some of his other work, and together they’ve just released this rad new tune. I dig how the synth work seems to elaborate or emphasize the syllables delivered by Bailey. Plus, the middle section of instrumentals shows just how carefully the group have crafted their electronic sounds. It’s pop music from the future, brought back to warm you up today.
It’s great when bands are created by mere circumstance, such as High Rise Finale. The group came to be when Matt Bailey was recording the latest LP from his main gig The Salient Braves with Neil Ritchie; the two quickly realized their affinity for classic synth pop sounds, thus leading to the band’s creation. Quickly they drafted 3 tracks, bringing in their friend Dani to flesh out “There For You” with vocals. I’m quite drawn to “Disarray,” which definitely seems rooted in classic UK pop sounds. Give it a listen below.