Highspire, Your Everything

Jon Wiederhorn

By Jon Wiederhorn

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Your Everything

A labor-intensive shoegaze record perfect for misty mornings and hazy sunsets.

Philadelphia's Highspire has crafted just one record in four years, but it's a winner. The disc features lazy, THC-soaked rhythms reminiscent of early Verve, but colored with the ethereal qualities of Slowdive and the hooks of Medicine. Your Everything, is perfect for misty mornings and hazy sunsets. While it's undeniably imagistic and evocative, it's also nurturing, washing over the listener like bathwater. Most of the songs ("Until the Lights Go Down," "Fade in a Day") are linear and even-keeled, but there are some surprises as well. "Portsmouth" features a jaunty, jazzy bassline and "Verperbell" rides a backbeat reminiscent of early Charlatans UK. If Highspire can motivate themselves to record another disc, they could become newgazer darlings faster than you can say Isn't Anything.