on January 15, 2013
In 2009 Holopaw came out with an album (oh glory oh wilderness) that has ever since ranked among my top 20 favorite albums of all time. That seems like a fanboyish bold statement from someone who is just trying to look all "indie and cool", since not many people know about this band... But that's not friggin the case 'k?
All three albums released previous to Holopaw have been pretty amazing with John Orth's spooky vocals and his quirky lyrics always made hypnotized to this music. And Academy Songs Vol. 1 it seems like Holopaw are going into a slightly new direction, but without losing anything that makes them Holopaw.
Academy songs is basically a theme album about life in a boys school filled wonderfully descriptive lyrics that will place you in the very Academy he is singing about. Song after song everything is just so moving and beautiful... I'm so excited about this album I can't help to already make the incredibly premature statement that I honestly think no other album this year will top this. I will return in December to say if I was right! Anyways... if you like previous Holopaw stuff you will definitely not be disappointed with this album... you might even be completed bedazzled with it, like me!
PS can't wait for Academy Songs II
on September 7, 2013
I have a notion that this is a truly great record, but the mix is muddled. They need a better producer so the vocals can be heard and understood. Otherwise, I recommend this album wholehearted. The sound is broad and haunting, large and enveloping. I think fans of Morrissey to The Flaming Lips will find an interest here. Give it a try!