The High Water Marks - Polar
While not an Athens band, The High Water Marks have their share of friends in the Classic City. You'd expect nothing less from a band associated with the nebulous Elephant 6 family. Now headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, the band is fronted by Hilarie Sidney, whom many C&T readers may know from her stint as the drummer for Apples in Stereo.
On September 25 The High Water Marks issued Polar, their first release with Happy Happy Birthday To Me and follow-up to 2004's About the Ocean. It's a really nice collection of pop songs that covers a lot of ground. There are moments rooted in classic '60s pop-rock, and others more reminiscent of Built to Spill or Guided by Voices (or Jupiter Watts, for those in the know). I have absolutely no problem with that. Go figure.
High Water Marks - The Leaves
High Water Marks - Dutch Tape
You can order Polar directly from HHBTM.