I don’t think North Highlands intended to channel Mongolia when they came up with that band name, but the intro to “Sugar Lips” sure evokes the highlands of that region. Apparently the band was born on “a lazy summer afternoon in Brooklyn”, the implied directionless of which, despite the obvious talent sitting about, seems pretty romantic to me; and the mood of that implication is definitely captured in this song.
I’m about to listen to the EP, which came out December last year, but so far the song “Sugar Lips” sounds like a refreshing break at a time when new music is beginning to get dull and formulaic. Also, singer Brenda Malvini’s voice is one of my favorite female voice types: it doesn’t’ scream “Hey, listen to me! Listen to me!”. It just says, “Hey, singing is kinda fun”.
Photo: Lena Hawkins
Download “Sugar Lips” by North Highlands