"Lifted High" is the quiet, warm, reflective, and unlikely sequel to Damage Decade's aggressive debut, "On the Way Down."
"Lifted High" is best described as a swirling, melodic soundscape with songs strewn about inside of it. Unlike the heavy Industrial Rock sound of its predecessor, this new endeavor is much more reserved in its sonic palate. Rather than distorted guitars, blistering percussion, and angry vocal passages, the album is built on reverb-drenched synthesizer pads, soft-spoken melodies, and the classic sound of the TR-808 drum machine. It's not heavily embellished with intricate leads, only one track on the album makes it above 100 BPM, and only two of the eight tracks feature anything resembling a guitar.
Lifted High is headphone music (in contrast to "On the Way Down" which was meant to be blasted from a powerful sound system). Contributing to this is the distinct mix/master job, which showcases a wide and enveloping stereo image and a warm low end.
It's not going to be the longest record in your collection, but Lifted High at least pushes past the 20-minute mark. This is partially due to the Ambient and Drone influence present throughout the album, but also because multiple tracks actually feature prominent refrains this time around. Damage Decade is still rooted heavily in the "sound collage" aesthetic, but conventional song structures are less of a problem now. If you've ever wondered what Drone Pop might sound like, this could be the album for you. If you're looking for more "On the Way Down," this might just put you to sleep.
Do not play this album on monoaural devices.
released December 4, 2012
damage decade is kolby manning
all songs written, produced, recorded, and performed by k. manning
mixed and mastered by k. manning
recorded january 2011 – november 2012 in raleigh, nc; w. chester, pa; and sanford, nc
additional recording and drum processing on "be still" by aslan freeman
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