Audio Mixers: Shane O'Connell; Ezra Tenenbaum.
Recording information: Braund Studios, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY.
Photographer: Michael Stasiak.
Following the seemingly effortless, timeless guitar pop of their debut Calling Out, EZTV self-recorded and produced their second album, High in Place. The band favors a crystalline sound that stands in sharp contrast to Calling Out's mix of haze and grit and makes the most of their gently drifting riffs, melodies, and harmonies. The album's bittersweet mood is more impressionistic than specific when Ezra Tenenbaum sings "Not afraid of fading out/Just slowing down" on "Reason to Run," which features Real Estate's Martin Courtney on guitar. Along with Courtney, EZTV's collaborators include his bandmate Matt Kallman as well as Jenny Lewis, whose ghostly harmonies are a faint presence on "High Flying Faith." Calling Out's attention-getting spark resurfaces on "Clear," where processed synths and drums add movement and energy; the hooky "Temporary Gold," and "States of Confusion," where wry observations and bittersweet chord changes make it the album's closest thing to a rocker. ~ Heather Phares