High Water (El-P album)

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High Water
Studio album by El-P
Released March 9, 2004
Genre Electronica, jazz fusion
Length 44:06
Label Thirsty Ear
Producer El-P
El-P chronology
Fantastic Damage
High Water
Collecting the Kid
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Dusted Magazine (unfavorable)[2]
Pitchfork Media (7.2/10)[3]
PopMatters (favorable)[4]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5 stars[5]

High Water is an album by hip hop artist El-P, released on March 9, 2004 through Thirsty Ear Recordings.

Made in conjunction with jazz pianist Matthew Shipp and the group for which he is artistic director, The Blue Series Continuum, the album is a striking departure from El-P's usual style, almost completely eschewing conventional ideas of hip hop in favour of electronically-tinged jazz fusion compositions, bordering on the avant-garde.

The album was created by the Blue Series Continuum improvising to original compositions by El-P, which he then manipulated and restructured. It enjoyed generally very favourable reviews from both the hip-hop and jazz worlds, as well as from more mainstream critics independent of both scenes. The album is part of an already extensive series of such collaborations (the "Blue Series" of the name) on the part of the jazz group.

One track, "When the Moon Was Blue", features vocals from El-P's father Harry Meline, also known as Harry Keys, himself a jazz pianist.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Please Stay (Yesterday)" – 2:37
  2. "Sunrise Over Bklyn" – 10:33
  3. "Get Your Hand Off My Shoulder, Pig" – 6:34
  4. "Get Modal" – 5:06
  5. "Intrigue in the House of India" – 6:33
  6. "Something Is Wrong" – 4:09
  7. "When the Moon Was Blue" – 6:42
    • Vocals: Harry Keys
  8. "Please Leave (Yesterday)" – 1:51



Charts (2004)[6] Peak
U.S. Independent Albums 46


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