Human Highway Take It to the Road!

Human Highway (featuring Nick Thorburn of Islands and Jim Guthrie) will be traveling this March. It’s the Canadian pop-duo’s debut US tour, and they’ve asked Suicide Squeeze label-mates, Cotton Jones, to open select dates. Their smooth caravan of sound rolls from Chicago to Austin before turning north, and culminating in New York City.

Human Highway’s album, “Moody Motorcycle,” has been topping many year-end lists as the most over-looked album of 2008, gaining attention and praise from massive entities like NPR and Spin.

Animator/Director Olivier Groulx is nearing completion on a video for Human Highway’s single, “The Sound.” Groulx, best known for his work on Arcade Fire’s video for “Black Mirror,” has been preparing more of his visual magic for this clip. Get ready…

For Cotton Jones, this will be a first outing too, touring behind their new album “Paranoid Cocoon,” which hits the shelves on Tuesday, Jan. 27th. The band has plans to tour again later this spring, headlining a full-blown US tour all their own.

3/13 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern (Canadian Music Week)
3/14 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle **^^
3/15 – Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar **^^
3/16 – Norman, OK – Opolis **++##
3/17 – Denton, TX – Hailey’s **++##
3/18 – Austin TX, SXSW TBA
3/19 – Austin TX, SXSW TBA
3/20 – Austin TX, SXSW TBA
3/21 – Birmingham, AL – Bottletree **^^
3/22 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 **^^
3/23 – Washington, DC – Black Cat Backstage **^^
3/24 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church **^^
3/25 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge **^^

** with The Magic
^^ with Cotton Jones
++ with Efterklang
## with Peter Broderick

Cotton Jones Only:
3/11- Cleveland, Oh- Beachland Tavern
3/13- DeKalb, IL- The House Café
3/26- Brooklyn, NY- Union Hall

Here are some nice things that people have been saying about Human Highway:

On the duo’s best songs, they harmonize like Simon & Garfunkel shutting their eyes against approaching shades of winter. – Spin Magazine

A nice midpoint between the easygoing harmonies of the Everly Brothers and the big open spaces of the mid-70s west coast songwriter boom. – Pitchfork

One of my favorite albums I’ve heard this year, so far at least, is the new collaboration project between Nick Thornburn, of Islands, and Canadian folk singer Jim Guthrie dubbed Human Highway. – My Old Kentucky Blog

Sunny, mellow neo-folk that is probably the type of record Brian Wilson would’ve made had he not gone insane for a few decades- Alternative Press

Here are some nice things that people have been saying about Cotton Jones:

Paranoid Cocoon is a Sunday morning treat; A warbling hike through golden fields, while colorful poisons pulsate the air. – [89/100 – Paranoid Cocoon Album Review] FILTER

A Doors-esque Sixties groove with a recession-ready title – [“Gotta Cheer Up” MP3 Debut] ROLLINGSTONE.COM

It’s a relaxed and confiden debut packed with enough reverb, organs, and dreamy sensuality to keep you warm on any windy winter evening.- Under The Radar

Where Page France was a boisterous family-style buffet featuring songwriter Michael Nau and collaborators galore, Cotton Jones is an intimate picnic for two, with Nau’s newly grown-and-sexy, reverb wrapped croons only occasionally accented by Whitney MC Graw’s mellifluous vocals. – PASTE

More blacklit and tiedyed than what you might normally expect from Mister Nau, it’s got a hazy Sixties vibe that befits its title, though the man-lady vocal harmonizing is Earworm City. True story. – [“Gotta Cheer Up” MP3 Review] RCRD LBL.COM

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