released March 11, 2014
Produced & mixed by Paul van der Walt, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Mastered by Jacob Israel at Benjamin, Pretoria, South Africa (www.benjaminstudio.co.za
Art direction and design by Jacques Kleynhans.
"Paul van der Walt is lucky enough to have an innate feeling for producing music, allowing him to build tracks with a solid foundation, and permitting him to experiment with exquisite flourishes. The better tracks on the EP suggest that he is more than capable of following through with this ingenious formula with aplomb, and it is here when his extraordinary talent is put on show" - Platform Magazine
"Producing as The Watermark High, van der Walt shows off his ability to make deep, enticing electronic music" - Indie Shuffle
"...chockfull of dramatic intensity and poignant bliss. His fantastical compositions are comprised of layered patchworks of swooping saws and sombre pianos smoothly melted into post-industrial break-beat psychedelia" - Okay Africa
"The Watermark High makes electronic music you want to listen to. Every close listen reveals something you didn’t pick up before...I have no idea what he plays when he’s DJ’ing but I hope it’s not these songs. They deserve more than the cursory drunken whoop" - What's On
"This is some of the best chill wave around. Its the perfect blend of upbeat tempos and soothing instrumentals..." - The Beard
"As a collective, the songs tell a uniform story. And this is what makes the album bright. One can easily see the thoughtfulness and deliberateness of the structure, sounds, transitions and titles. In this way Bright Black represents the mundane and ordinary from a fresh perspective" - iAfrica Entertainment
"Right across the board of his repertoire, there is a sense of his ability to not only produce a track, but also feel a track" - Platform Magazine