SECOND SON - OUT JUNE 2017
" It’s striking and heartbreaking, and the depths of that statement lingers long after ..." Kim Ilkowski, Stereogum
“…unwinds with a natural and intimate grace that may make you think twice. “That’s partly owing to the production of Howard Bilerman... who made Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker sound like it was recorded from deep within the singer’s chest... It comes together slowly, as a gentle picking pattern that softly blossoms under his voice.” -FLOOD Magazine
Holy Oak's new album Second Son is a captivating slow-burner. These electrified folk songs unfold in loose but vivid narratives of loss, hope and restlessness. Both plainspoken and strange, the deep unaffected vocals stand almost uncomfortably bare as the band plays like the ghosts of now skeletal country musicians.
Drawing from J.D. Salinger, the Song of Solomon and Greek mythology, singer-songwriter Neil Holyoak tells of silver street performers, long walks with vampire buddies, and talking flowers that grow old in a day. Producer Howard Bilerman faithfully captures this hallucinogenic narrative through the soft focus of his 2" tape machine.
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