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    Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:40:43

    Song Premiere: High Desert Fires "Dead Sparrows" -

    Get a taste of the new Topanga sound.

    Pst! Hey you! Yeah, you! Want to hear a new band? Great. Your wish is our command. We're premiering High Desert Fires' new song "Dead Sparrows."

    The song lives on Light Is the Revelation, out August 21.

    Who are High Desert Fires, exactly? We're glad you asked.

    Here is the critical intel. They are an L.A.-based six-piece. Guitarist Chris Traynor is known for his work with seminal bands Helmet, Orange 9mm, Rival Schools and Bush; he is still with the latter. But this is a totally different-sounding project. It doesn't sonically nod to his pedigree and his resume.

    The music has a very '70s and "California" sound.

    "Sparrows bathe in the dust," Traynor told us about the song. "I was so moved when I learned that. I think it's poetic that those creatures soaring into the tallest treetops begin their journey by cleansing themselves in the desert sands. I wanted this song to be a spiritual with the arc of a sparrow; rising up from a dusty drum beat, ascending to orchestral highs while the choir heralds the 'joys and blessings' of new life to come."

    Wow! Did you just learn something new? We sure did! We had no idea that sparrows bathed in dust. It's such a vivid visual, with so many layers of meaning in relationship to the song. We thought about the highs and the lows, through the metaphor of a sparrow cleansed in dust. That little piece of information makes the song that much more impactful.

    With that in mind, have a listen to "Dead Sparrows."

    —Amy Sciarretto

    'Light Is the Revelation' EP from High Desert Fires is available August 21 via Grandfathers Tales

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