Australians Du Tonc are celebrating the completion of their new album by dropping High; the first new track in a year, which features backing vocals by Jenny McCullagh from I Know Leopard. The duo of Matthew Haymes and Matt Van Schie actually met in Paris, which might explain the Phoenix / Air sheen to High, though it is very much its own musical master.
An opening mellow arpeggio gives way to sweeping synths and chilled beats, with a vocal duet that adds to the overall sensation of an oddly comforting sadness. The occasional retro sound gives the track a sense of familiarity and immediacy without making High feel cliched or backward looking.
As regards to the song and their upcoming debut album the duo wrote: “We’ve just finished writing the album, it’s taken a while, but we don’t like to rush. We agreed we’d never release anything we both don’t love. I guess you could say we are picky about what we release, but that means we only release music that comes from the heart. High definitely comes from the heart”.