DR1005 - Common Holly: When I say to you Black Lightning
Montreal-based Common Holly (Brigitte Naggar) first appeared in 2017 with the surprisingly accomplished debut album, Playing House. Holding fast to that record's honesty, her impending follow-up When I say to you Black Lightning is a look outward, a submergence into the dark and dissonant with consolation found in harmony and dry humour. Like a ticking internal monologue, the nine labyrinthian yet catchy tracks observe the complexities of mental health, the precarity of life, and the challenges of finding strength in the face of grave misunderstanding.
"Dreamlike and all-too-relatable." The FADER
“A gorgeous dose of atmospheric art pop with a freeform, experimental edge.” Brooklyn Vegan
1. Central Booking 2. Joshua Snakes 3. You Dance 4. Measured 5. Uuu 6. Little Down 7. I Try 8. It’s Not Real 9. Crazy OK
A heartfelt message to the redemptive powers of a city - a vast, sprawling metropolis where an eighteen year-old can lose herself and, in-turn perhaps, find herself - ‘Chicago’ threads together glacial bass loops and warm, sensuous cello lines to create a snapshot of quiet musical experimentation.
At its heart is Camille Christel’s vocal; a rich, honeyed instrument full of ethereal melancholy and pathos. Understated and delicately seamed with a smoky, intoxicating intimacy, the track adds further weight to the growing reputation of this expressive, young Nottingham songwriter.
Already championed by Mary Anne Hobbs, ‘Chicago’ will be collected alongside previously self-released tracks ‘Copenhagen’ & ‘New York’ and forthcoming new material to form Camille Christel’s debut EP, due for release later this year.
“Even when she sings of aching sadness, she does it with the kind of hushed, intimate beauty that sounds like a soft glow in the darkness. There’s always glimmer.” Stereogum
“It’s uncertainty about the future that suffuses There’s Always Glimmer... (her) ultimately futile battle with time is well fought: Her lullabies are hypnotic enough to delay the transitions she dreads—to stop the ticking clock —for half an hour, at least.” Pitchfork
“A record of abundance, of resonance, and gut-punches but always fragility.” GoldFlakePaint
1. Groceries 2. Birthday 3. Figures 4. Smoke 5. Goodnight 6. In Normal Ways 7. Looking 8. For Flora 9. Sugar 10. Exist 11. Wayne 12. West
"Skeletal, celestial shoegaze (that) reflects the cold beauty of the Austrian Alps." Stereogum
"Glimpse never fails to compel, it kicks off with Cocteau Twins-worthy ambiguities, before lustrous synths brighten the piece... Steadily intensifying post-rock tropes intervene, Andersson's widening eyes seemingly lifted from the pedalboards underfoot to the skies like antennas to Heaven." Dots And Dashes
A1. Glimpse (8:53) B1. Time And Space (5:21) B2. Time And Space Pt. 2 (3:34)
"It manages to be both soothing and disquieting. At points it sounds like it’s running backwards. Sometimes like a memory tantalizingly out of reach.” Noisey
“I Go Missing In My Sleep pays out higher dividends with repeated and closer listens… Wilsen has thrust their own marker in the sand with this debut and given themselves a wealth of directions in which to pivot toward for the future.” The Line of Best Fit
1. Centipede 2. Garden 3. Kitsilano 4. Heavy Steps 5. Otto 6. Light Between The Leaves 7. Dusk 8. A Parting 9. Emperor 10. Final 11. Told You