Album Review

High Aura’d – Third Life (Reverb Worship, 2010)

High Aura’dThird Life (Excerpt)

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High Aura’d is a Boston based dude making flat out ambient psych drone. I guess they used to be a duo (including on this record), but one of the guys dropped out and now it’s just John Kolodij. That’s entirely anecdotal, though, just what John told me when I saw him play with Barn Owl at PA’s Lounge. Speaking of, this record was made physically just for that tour, limited to 30 copies in totally fucking boss double color letterpressed high quality shit from Somerville’s Repeat Press and artwork by Jake Blanchard. Although it looks like you can still grab some on the Reverb Worship site (in £s).

Third Life is a single 25 minute track of aquatic heaven. So fucking beautiful. Mostly guitar oriented, High Aura’d makes washes of tones that shimmer pure gold. It’s the sound of floating underwater, totally immersed, face up and watching the sun dance. It’s enormous and slow moving, perfectly suited for the life of a bottom feeder. The whole world is open to you yet you’re happy to chill in your little bubble, giving yourself the opportunity to watch the universe quietly pass by.

Chill bliss, psych euphoria, full bodied gorgeousness, these are mere words compared to the ineffable transience that is Third Life. I have no idea what’s next on High Aura’d’s plate, nor if they even have any previous releases, but if this near-EP length disc is any indication of their future, obviously Boston just won the experimental music scene award. AGAIN.