Tall Heights

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Tall Heights
Tall Heights in Oslo during the Piknik i Parken 2017-festival
Tall Heights in Oslo during the Piknik i Parken 2017-festival
Background information
OriginBoston, MA
Years active2009–present
LabelsUnited For Opportunity, Sony Masterworks
MembersTim Harrington
Paul Wright
Paul Dumas

Tall Heights is an electrofolk duo based in Boston, MA. The group formed in 2009 and consists of singer/guitarist Tim Harrington and singer/cellist Paul Wright.[1] Recent touring has also featured percussionist/singer Paul Dumas. Their albums include Man of Stone and Neptune, with their third album Pretty Colors For Your Actions releasing October 2018 on Sony Masterworks.[2]


Tall Heights consists of Tim Harrington and Paul Wright, who met in their hometown of Sturbridge, MA. The duo got their start busking in Boston,[1] keeping their songs to the essential elements to make them easier to perform on the street.[3] Shortly thereafter, Ryan Montbleau took the band under his wing after watching them perform at the Lizard Lounge Open Mic Challenge in Cambridge, MA. Ryan and Tall Heights began performing together, eventually releasing an EP All or Nothing / Fast Car in 2014.[4] Tall Heights established itself as a Boston indie-folk staple alongside The Ballroom Thieves and Darlingside.[5]

Their first EP Rafters as well as their first full-length album Man of Stone reflect the acoustic sound of Harrington's guitar, Wright's cello, and their two voices. For their 2015 EP, Holding On, Holding Out, they expanded their sound with drums, electric guitar, and keyboards.[6] The single, "Spirit Cold," premiered on The Wall Street Journal on August 19, 2015[6] and its accompanying music video premiered on Paste Magazine on January 28, 2016.[7] According to Wright, the song's lyrics are about "staying present and awake to the bad, but also the good that’s around us.”[6]

The band's sound has been compared to Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes,[8] and Arcade Fire.[9] They have performed with artists such as Ben Folds, Blind Pilot, José González, Wild Child, Lola Marsh, and Shook Twins.[10] The band has recorded a World Cafe session with David Dye[1] and performed on NPR's Mountain Stage.[11] Holding on, Holding Out and Neptune were produced by Oliver Hill of Pavo Pavo.

Tall Heights announced their major label debut Neptune with a premiere of "River Wider" on Stereogum.[12] Fuse premiered the next single "Iron in the Fire," calling it "breathtaking,"[13] and NPR premiered the lyric video for "Infrared."[14] SPIN Magazine listed the band as one of "Five New Artists You Should Hear"[15] and Paste Magazine featured them in their "Best of What's Next" series.[16] Tall Heights made their late night television debut performing "Spirit Cold" on Conan on September 26, 2016.[17]

On July 10, 2018 the band announced their third full-length album, Pretty Colors For Your Actions, would be released on October 5, 2018 on the Sony Masterworks label.[18]


  • Smoke Signals (2009)
  • Rafters (EP) (2011)
  • The Running of the Bulls (EP) (2012)
  • Man of Stone (2013)
  • All or Nothing / Fast Car (2014) (with Ryan Montbleau)
  • Holding On, Holding Out (EP) (2015) – United for Opportunity
  • Neptune (2016) – Sony Masterworks
  • Pretty Colors For Your Actions (2018) – Sony Masterworks


  1. ^ a b c "Tall Heights On World Cafe". Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Tall Heights - Masterworks". Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Tall Heights Bio". Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  4. ^ Griffin, Author (6 October 2014). "For Montbleau It's All or Nothing". Infinity Hall Live. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  5. ^ Gottlieb, Jed (26 December 2014). "Certifiably unclassifiable: Tall Heights spearhead rising Boston scene". Boston Herald. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Danton, Eric R. (19 August 2015). "Tall Heights Pursue Broader Musical Vision on 'Spirit Cold' (Exclusive Song)". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Video Premiere: Tall Heights - "Spirit Cold"". Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  8. ^ Warren, Bruce (13 October 2015). "Download "Spirit Cold" by Boston's Tall Heights". XPN. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  9. ^ Vickman, Anne (9 February 2012). "Five Reasons to Leave the House this Weekend". Boston Magazine. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Tall Heights Tour". Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Craig Finn, Langhorne Slim, Turnpike Troubadours, and more". Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  12. ^ Gelfand, Zac (23 June 2016). "Tall Heights – "River Wider" (Stereogum Premiere)". Stereogum. Retrieved 5 Dec 2016.
  13. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (13 July 2016). "Tall Heights' 'Iron in the Fire' is the Gorgeous Track You Need Today". Fuse. Retrieved 5 Dec 2016.
  14. ^ Marketti, Anna (26 October 2016). "Tall Heights Stretches Its Sound In 'Infrared' Lyric Video". All Songs TV. Retrieved 5 Dec 2016.
  15. ^ Brown, T.M. (14 Sep 2016). "Little Artists, Big Sounds: Five New Artists You Should Hear". SPIN Magazine. Retrieved 5 Dec 2016.
  16. ^ Edelstone, Steven (9 Nov 2016). "Tall Heights: The Best of What's Next". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 5 Dec 2016.
  17. ^ "Tall Heights "Spirit Cold" 09/26/16". Team Coco. 27 Sep 2016. Retrieved 5 Dec 2016.
  18. ^ Howard, Lindsay. "Watch Tall Heights' Video for Their Shimmering New Single 'The Deep End'". Variance Magazine. Retrieved 2018-08-10.