Heroes & Halos

Heroes & Halos

by The High VioletsThe High Violets


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Active since the late '90s, Portland, Oregon's the High Violets play a light, sugary brand of electronic-tinged dream pop. Unlike a lot of similar bands, they seem far more concerned with writing catchy, emotional pop songs than coming up with the most mind-bending guitar tones imaginable. Singer Kaitlyn ni Donovan has a soft, friendly voice similar to Saint Etienne's Sarah Cracknell, and she doesn't disguise it with echo or reverb. Her lyrics are direct and plainly stated, so there are no smoke and mirrors obscuring what she's trying to say. She's ecstatically in love on songs like "How I Love (Everything About You)," and she warns about dangerous guys on "Dum Dum" and "Break a Heart." The songs occasionally have a wistful tone to them, but they never really sound gloomy. When they're not upbeat, they seem to have more of a summery haze to them. The album's high point is its ecstatic, psychedelic title track, in which ni Donovan optimistically croons "it's hard for me not to see the beauty in our troubled life" over a swirling, fizzing groove. "Long Last Night" is a gentle, playful love song set to ticking Casio beats, while "Longitude" has a more urgent, upfront rhythm. Guitarist Clint Sargent takes the mike for "Ease One," which happens to be the darkest, most shadowy song on the album, as well as the one with the fewest lyrics. The album drifts to a close with the stirring, slightly cinematic drum machine lullaby "Hearts in Our Throats."

Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/2016
Label: Saint Marie
UPC: 0708527005569
catalogNumber: 86
Rank: 99423


  1. How I Love (Everything About You)
  2. Dum Dum
  3. Long Last Night
  4. Break a Heart
  5. Bells
  6. Heroes and Halos
  7. Longitude
  8. Ease On
  9. Comfort in Light
  10. Hearts in Our Throats

Album Credits

Performance Credits

High Violets   Primary Artist
John Moen   Drums
Kaitlyn Ni Donovan   Guitar,Strings,Keyboards,Vocals
Jonathan Drews   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Clint Sargent   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Allen Davis   Bass
Luke Strahota   Drums
Jeff Stuart Saltzman   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Collin Hegna   Percussion
Colin Sheridan   Bass

Technical Credits

Tony Lash   Producer,Engineer
Kaitlyn Ni Donovan   Producer,Engineer
Jonathan Drews   Producer,Engineer
High Violets   Composer
Wyatt Parkins   Artwork
Jeff Stuart Saltzman   Producer,Engineer

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