Tall Heights has been a work in progress for its founders, Tim Harrington and Paul Wright.
"That's an understatement," assures Harrington. "It's been more like a long journey."
Guitarist Harrington and cello player Wright both grew up in Sturbridge and knew each other as kids. The pair reconnected a few year ago and began work on an acoustic-pop musical project. In the summer of 2010 when Tall Heights landed a coveted busking gig at Boston's Faneuil Hall, Harrington and Wright realized they had been on the wrong path in trying to shape their sound into a traditional "bass and drums to be added" format.
Playing four hours every day outside that summer, they honed a sound that better reflected both the pop leanings of the songwriting and ethereal dynamics of the instrumentation. This discovery occurred around the time that such bands as Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes popularized the chamber-folk sound.
"We found our way into a scene we didn't see coming," Harrington says.
Tall Heights plays from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Coppertop (hey, it's a holiday Monday, so come out) and returns Feb. 12. Tip: check these guys out now as they are on a roll that very well may have them outgrowing intimate gigs such as these.
Tall Heights recorded the EP "Rafters" to document its solidified sound. The home-studio production captures the raw essence of the the tunes' gentle tones and incisive lyrics. Harrington says Tall Heights is planning a trek down to the buzz-building South By Southwest Music Conference in Austin and laying the groundwork for a full-length recording. The duo has also landed recent high-profile gigs with Ryan Montbleau and Ana Egge.
"Each time we took a step, it felt natural," Harrington says. "We had no idea what kind of reaction to expect. But people are loving this music."