Brooklyn-via-Australia transplants High Highs, the dream-pop duo of singer/guitarist Jack Milas and keyboardist Oli Chang, started playing together in their hometown of Sydney before Milas took a job in New York and Chang followed him there. But the easy warmth of their home country suffuses their airy guitar lines, reminiscent of the Morning Benders and Real Estate.
Following their debut LP, 2013’s Open Season, High Highs released a three-song EP, Ocean to City, earlier this month (independently released on Oct. 7); the title track has been given the music video treatment by Kris Moyes, whose impressive C.V. includes the video for Grizzly Bear’s “Gun Shy,” Sia’s “Clap Your Hands” and Franz Ferdinand’s “Ulysses.”
The video follows Chang and Milas as they cruise the Cali coast, observing the surfers, palm trees and endless highways through a fuzzy, fish-eye lens. It’s the perfect accompaniment for their dreamy, breezy riffs reminding you that it’s always summer somewhere.
“At one point Kris asked Jack to stand up in the convertible while I had the pedal to the floor,” keyboardist Oli Chang tells Billboard of the video. “He was filming from a moving train that was impossible to keep up with. Ridiculously dangerous but also very fun.” After all, only the good die young.
High Highs will hit the road for a few shows with indie-pop outfit Avi Buffalo. Check out the full list of dates below:
High Highs Tour Dates:
Nov. 6 – New York – Mercury Lounge
Nov. 8 – Boston – Great Scott
Nov. 9 – Philadelphia – Boot and Saddle
Nov. 18 – Brooklyn, N.Y. – Baby’s All Right