Australian band Holy Holy consists of singer songwriter Timothy Carroll and guitarist/composer Oscar Dawson.
This two have made an impression over the last year, with singles ‘Impossible Like You’ and ‘House Of Cards’ both receiving high rotation on Australia’s Triple J – and critical acclaim.
We listened to new single “History”:
They say that if we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it.
But what are we?
Just “Skin and bone. And teeth…” with a sequence of instructions within each molecule.
These coded instructions – our executable file – mean that we are set on a predetermined path from the moment we are born.
How do we break free from this predestination? Maybe we do not.
So ‘History’ begins with an inviting, strummed, intro – paired with a corrugated fiberboard rhythm – and these are played low and hollow.
From a riverine void, the main voice rises. It gets crispy and honourable.
The verse comes of age when the thickly tarred guitar emulsifies the whole piece with its gurgling greasiness.
“The only risk you take… is that all your mistakes survive…” Sings Carroll. And we realize that history is closing in on us all.
The last, dying moments of this song – with the wonderful harmonies – and the ideas that are re-capitulated in artful melody … will stay with you long after the first listen.
This is essential stuff!
@neilmach © 2014
Grab the single here: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/history-single/id906594604