It's no secret that Tuesday afternoons can drone on pretty badly after your lunch has settled. So we're glad that today we can use the word “drone” in a slightly more uplifting context, thanks to an afternoon song leak by the psychedelic shoegazers, Highlands. The Long Beach quartet just dosed us with a four-minute blizzard of fuzzy, swirling distortion they call “Railroads,” the lead single from their forthcoming album Singularity.
Mixing Melvin-esque sludge metal with the catchy, echo-filled emotion of outfits like Swervedriver and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Highlands' ghostly, drone-rock-meets-dream-pop concoction makes them an easy favorite for in need of a foray into mind-altering exploration–be it peyote ceremony in desert sweat lodge or a woozy, pot-fueled night of divebar debauchery. You can get a taste of their live chops next month when they join the throngs of loose, prog-inflected local acts at the Moon Block Party in Pomona's downtown Arts Colony. Check out a stream of “Railroads” below.