Highland and the Kites is Marissa Lamar and Neil Briggs a female fronted duo mix confessional songwriting with dark 80’s dance pads and shimmering guitars. They have been hyped by PopMatters, Buzzbands LA and No Depression, drawing comparisons to Chvrches and Jenny Lewis.
Highland Kites’ confessional anti-folk could easily be misconstrued as indie rock. With their angular grooves, new wave leanings and sharp-witted lyrics, the LA-based twosome exude an off-the-cuff coolness that is effortlessly backed by a hard earned substance.
The band is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Marissa Lamar who spent the majority of her 20’s very ill with Lyme disease. As the symptoms progressed, Lamar medication increased and she found herself stagnating as the years passed her by. She watched friends fall away and became resigned to her predicament; not entirely sure she was going to make it. Music emerged as her saving grace; giving her a reason to persevere and ultimately share her life-affirming strength as she overcame her illness.
The EP, Let Me Run, produced by Raymond Richards (Local Natives) is out July 22nd
Check out this Blondiesc retro sounding track “This War Inside”