Hidden Highways have kept a pretty low profile on the release front since digital single ‘Fox Eyes On Georgia’ dropped via Out On A Limb Records’ SoundCloud account last April.
Exactly one year on, the logic behind the inactivity becomes clear as the duo break the silence in startling fashion. They’ve been busy working on their self-tilted debut EP which is available to stream through their Bandcamp page or OOAL’s SoundCloud profile from today. It happens to be only beautiful.
The physical EP will be in shops in time for Record Store Day on April 21st, while Hidden Highways will have its digital launch later in the month. It can also be pre-ordered through Out On A Limb’s webstore.
Hidden Highways play Ormston House, Limerick this Saturday on a bill which also features OOAL’s own Owensie and Peter Delaney. Doors from 7.30, kick-off at 8. This is a seated affair with a BYOB policy. Owensie will share the stage with Hidden Highways once again the following night as a support act for the official EP launch at the Stag’s Head Raw, Dublin. Doors at 8. Those in attendance on either night will have the opportunity to get their copy of the EP early, as CDs in specially screenprinted packaging will be available at both gigs.
What of the songs themselves? Hidden Highways contains two original tracks ‘In Defence of Magpies’ and ‘Burnt Ships’, as well as two covers ‘Come Wander With Me’ (featured in a 1964 episode of The Twilight Zone) and ‘Blues Run The Game’ by Jackson C. Frank. Rooted in country and folk, its pace is languid and its vocal interplay beguiling. The full power of alternating male and female vocals is yielded on ‘In Defense of Magpies’ while the vocalists hum together in between verses over simple guitar lines in a truly emotive combination.
- Saturday, 14th April: Owensie, Hidden Highways and Peter Delaney, Ormston House Limerick. Doors: 7.30pm. Admission €5
- Sunday, 15th April: Hidden Highways & Owensie, Stag’s Head Raw, Stag’s Head (upstairs), Dublin. Doors: 8pm. Admission €8