Boomkat Product Review:
Way out in the North West American wilderness, Evan Caminiti (Barn Owl) and Lisa McGee regroup for another exceptional, ethereal session as Higuma. 'Pacific Fog Dreams' is also their 2nd release for Root Strata, following their earliest collaborative release in '08 with 'Haze Valley', and 2010s 'Den Of The Spirits' LP for Digitalis, one of the finest of its ilk in recent years. Their sound is incredibly precious and achieves the rarest of tangible sensations with glooming, ghostly drones and billowing gaseous shapes shrouded in mystery. Unlike say, the isolationist ambient tones of Thomas Koner, who operates at roughly the same latitude, their vast sound is infused with the spirit of a North West heritage, shoegaze guitars look down rolling mountains over dense forests and deeply embedded folk harmonies drift into being, as though breathed by the vegetation. Their bleakness is balanced with a quietly soaring positivity, whether its from McGee's angelic vocal catharsis or Evan's elemental, overarching mastery of quiet/loud or soft/ dramatic dynamics, we're not sure, but their music is uncannily attuned to the ebb and flow of the senses with a dewy, sublime effervescence and spacious quality that leaves the small hairs on your arms tingling. 'Pacific Fog Dreams' was mastered by former Yellow Swan Pete Swanson. Hugely recommended to romantic home listeners.