Highbeams and the Sounds of Self-Reflection
It is likely stating the obvious, but perhaps the most vital part of any art form is honesty. After all, what good is it to say something that you don’t really feel when composing or creating? And what good is continuing to create when your heart isn’t in it? With the release of their new LP Keep Meaning It, Highbeams seems to have this question - and their answer - front and center
If you’re unfamiliar with this group and their previous adventures over the years, they are quite the prolific little trio from Woodstock, Georgia. And if you’re looking for a comparison to artists you may already know, think of a folksy mix of groups like Mat Kearney, The Lumineers, and even a little bit of the Avett Brothers. Acoustic guitar dances over the top of a wide range of percussion, while soft harmonies soaked in deep reverb support heartfelt lyrics that seem more like conversations and confessions than the usual cliches and worn-out metaphors that tend to dominate pop songwriting.
While there are a few upbeat and energetic songs - tunes you can tell the band had a lot of fun recording - there is without question a great sense of longing on this LP. It evokes the sense of being alone with one’s thoughts, reflecting on the people and places connected with days gone by. Songs like “To Measure a Moment” deal directly with this sentiment, speaking to the bittersweet nature of many things meaning more to us once they’re gone. Perhaps the most impressive overall track on the album, particularly from a melodic perspective, is “Bears.” With a very full production quality, it is a very moving song with a lot to offer in both pop sensibilities and lyrical content.
As long as Highbeams keeps intending to mean what they say and do artistically, the rest of us will be in for a treat. For those looking for a strikingly honest and refreshing take on folk and alternative rock music, give them a listen.
And make sure you also check out The band's official website.